Monthly Archives: August 2018

A programme ‘Meet the VC’ started by GMU

Gangadhar Meher University, SambalpurGangadhar Meher University (GMU) has started a program ‘Meet the VC’, so that student can easily approach higher authorities for their problem or any discussion regarding any development. This program was launched by Atanu Pati the Vice-Chancellor of GMU on 23rd August 2018.

 Atanu Pati the Vice-Chancellor of GMUThe programme ‘Meet the VC’ envisages a meeting of the VC with students, teaching and non-teaching staff on the last Saturday of every month. The issues brought up for discussion will have to be addressed within a month’s time.

UC Pati, the deputy registrar of the university, said, “Access is the key to effective governance. ‘Meet the Vice-Chancellor’ will be a forum for discussion in which both the students, teachers and non-teaching staff can participate. They can talk to the VC and other officials of the university about the problems and difficulties they face and also propose how to solve them.” The program ‘Meet the VC’ will be held at 4 PM on the last Saturday of every month. “The issues raised during the meeting will be addressed within a month’s time. They will be reviewed in the subsequent meeting. This will not only give the students and staff a chance to communicate with the VC, but also help build a congenial atmosphere inside the campus,” he said.

Besides, it will also help check student unrest and unnecessary agitations through consultations and open discussions. “The program will promote transparency and facilitate quick delivery of services to the students,” Pati said, adding GMU is the first educational institution in the state to start such a program.

Jharsuguda airport got DGCA’s 4-C license for big flights

Beckoning a major breakthrough for beginning of much-awaited flight operations here, the Jharsuguda Airport has received a 4-C category license for running bigger planes like Airbus-320 and Boeing 747.

Director of the Airport, SK Chouhan informed that with the 4-C category license from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Boeing and Airbus-320 type planes can now begin flight operations at the airport.

“The airport is now ready for flight operations. We are awaiting the nod from Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and once companies are set up here, flights can begin,” said Chouhan.

Two months earlier, the DGCA had granted 2-B category license to the airport for running smaller planes.

Jharsuguda airport gets DGCA's 4 C category license for Airbus 320 planes

Even as sources had informed that the airport was likely to be inaugurated in July, uncertainty continued to loom large over it.

Asked about the matter, the airport director said he is unspecified about the exact date of inauguration. “We don’t have any information whether flight operations will begin first or the inauguration,” he said.

A few days ago, another controversy had surfaced over naming the airport.

On July 26, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha denied receiving any proposal in the form of a resolution from the State government even as Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, on June 15, had written a letter to the Centre urging him to name the new airport after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.

Sinha stated that naming of an airport is done on the basis of a resolution passed by the State Assembly but the state government has not sent any resolution.

It is to be noted that the airport has been built under the Centre’s UDAN scheme at a cost of Rs 200 crore which includes Odisha government’s share of Rs 75 crore.