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Sambalpur University introduces 2 new UGC-approved courses

Sambalpur University has introduced two new courses, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Education and Certificate Course in Human Rights Education from this academic session.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has approved both the courses. While the duration of thePG Diploma in Human Right Education is one year, a student will complete the Certificate Course in Human Rights Education in six months. Both the courses have 16 seats each.

The two courses will run in the PG Department of Political Science of the University. And along with managing the course, the faculty of the PG Department of political science will also teach the students in these two courses. Moreover, the authority is also planning to invite human right activists and guest faculties to teach the students.

“Several cases of Human Rights violation are reported on regular basis. The Western Odisha is a tribal dominated area. One can find many cases of human rights violation, tribal atrocity and woman rights violation in Western part of the state. Similarly, the displacement is also major issue in Western Odisha. And the displacements are also linked with Human Rights. Everyone should be aware about the human rights.

The introduction of these two courses will help in making the people aware about human rights and producing professional human right activists,” said a teacher of Post Graduate Department of Political Science, Rajat Kujur.

“Any graduate, who has secured 45 per cent marks in aggregate, is eligible to apply for the admission into these courses. Apart from the class room teaching, priority will also be given to gain knowledge through field visit in these courses,” he said.

Talking on the job opportunity, Kujur said that linkages with the industries and non governmental organisation would be developed to create job opportunity for the students of these two courses. This year, the University has received only 45 application forms for 32 seats of these two courses this year.

Sources in the university said, “There are 24 Post Graduate course in the University. And the University has received 30788 application forms for the 578 seats of the 24departments for the 2015-16 academic session.”

“The PG Diploma in Human Rights Educational and the Certificate Course in Human Rights Education are valuable courses. However, because of the lack of propagation, the two courses received poor response this year. Butmore number of students will apply for admission into these courses in the coming years,” said a student.


Central Status for Sambalpur Varsity Sought

Even as the State Government announced that an Open University would come up in Sambalpur, not satisfied with the crumbs the people of Western Odisha have reiterated their demand for Central university status to Sambalpur University.

The Open University was announced in a bid to pacify the agitators who have been demanding establishment of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

It was the Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan who had raised the issue during the foundation day celebration of Sambalpur University recently. He had said, “Since the university caters to backward areas of Western Odisha and will celebrate its golden jubilee after two years, there is a need for visible development in terms of education and infrastructure.”

A memorandum in this regard was also submitted to Pradhan by the members of Association of Students, Employees and Teachers (ASET) requesting him to pursue the matter with the Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Although the State Government had agreed on principle to confer the status on Sambalpur University around a decade back and sent a recommendation to the Centre, nothing has come out of it as yet.

The university has 180 colleges under it. Established in 1964, it is the only university in the State that covers the largest area of 12 districts in the region.

In 2004, the BJD Government wrote to the Centre, supporting the justification behind the demand. Again in 2008, the demand was raised by the students and teachers following the Centre’s declaration to establish a Central University in Odisha, but that was given to Koraput.

“Centralisation of the University will provide good exposure to students and largely contribute towards advanced research. Fee will also come down, particularly in self-financed courses,” said an official of Sambalpur University.

In the last five years, research in Sambalpur University had gone down due to lack of adequate number of teachers. The vacancies were filled up only last year.

Besides, it does not have accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), a quality rating autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC), as a result of which it is losing out on various UGC development grants.

NAAC accreditation for Sambalpur University ended in 2010 and it is yet to apply for re-accreditation.

Minor molested by a professor, Sambalpur University

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a professor of Sambalpur University, as per the police statement.

The head of the post-graduate Department of History of Sambalpur university had allegedly molested the girl when she was alone in her house on January 4, police officials said.

The incident came to light after the victim’s father, who is a colleague of the accused professor, lodged a complaint with the Burla police station yesterday.

Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, C R Tripathy, however, refrained from making any comment on the issue and said that the police had taken up the matter.

The incident sparked sharp reaction among the students, who burnt the effigy of the accused professor in the varsity premises.

The professor was arrested, Additional Superintendent of Police Sushil Kumar Panigrahi said.

C.R. Tripathy new VC of Sambalpur University

CR Tripathy - VC of Sambalpur UniversityGovernor and chancellor of universities S C Jamir on Wednesday appointed Chitta Ranjan Tripathy as the new vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University.

Tripathy is serving as professor in the department of computer science and engineering at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla.

He will take over from the second week of November after the term of outgoing VC Bishnu Charan Barik ends on November 9, official sources said. Tripathy and two others – chemistry professors Satyaban Jena from Utkal University and Sarat Acharya from Sambalpur University – were also shortlisted for the post.

Reacting to his appointment, Tripathy said, “I am happy on my new appointment and it will be a good challenge. I will take all efforts for the development of the university. Since I was associated with various activities of the university for a long time, it would be easier for me to work as the VC.”

Sambalpur University’s new vice-chancellor C.R. Tripathy is willing to attach priority to research and development.

VC said: “Industrial pollution is a major issue in this region. Emphasis will be put on the research projects about the environmental pollution in the area.”

Tripathy said: “I will try to set up a sponsored research and industrial consultancy cell in the university. The cell will emerge as a major node to bring various industry-sponsored projects. Students will get the opportunity to do better research.”

Tripathy, a native of Khurdha, had attained his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, formerly known as the university college of engineering, Burla. He completed his master’s degree in technology and a PhD from IIT, Kharagpur.

He will assume the office after the tenure of vice-chancellor B.C. Barik ends on November 9.

“Apart from academics, the university has several other responsibilities as well. The Sambalpur University is in the midst of nine tribal districts. It should come forward and do something for the tribal youth.”

Tripathy said he would take the initiative to set up a tribal youth skill development centre in the varsity. “Young tribal men and women can be trained in several activities at the centre. They can also get employment after the training.”

Talking about the students’ placement, he said measures to establish a training and placement centre in the varsity would also be taken. “The students of Odisha are not doing well in the civil services examination as compared to other states of the country. A coaching centre for the all-India examination in the university will help them compete at the national level.”

He said the university would celebrate its golden jubilee in 2017. “Our endeavour will be to upgrade the status of the university, which has been catering to a large area for many years. The scarcity of teaching and non-teaching staff is a big challenge. Besides, funds crunch is another major area of concern.”

Tripathy, the 51st vice chancellor of the university, said the authorities would accord high priority to the problems of the students.

Selection of vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University

Governor and chancellor of universities S C Jamir has called three professors for an interaction on October 10 to select one of them as the next vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University. Incumbent Bishnu Barik’s term ends November 9.

Chancellor’s office sources said the three – Satyaban Jena (Utkal University), CR Tripathy (Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology) and Sarat Acharya (Sambalpur University) – have been sent letters to attend a one-on-one interaction with Jamir.

The three have been asked to appear before the chancellor with their vision plan should they become the VC for the varsity located in the western part of Odisha for a period of three years. The chancellor is likely to announce name of the VC on the same day after the interaction on October 10.

Speculation is rife about possible advantages and disadvantages of the three candidates. But one thing is certain that the next VC would be someone from a science background as all three short-listed candidates are from science background. While Tripathy is a computer scientist, and Jena a professor of chemistry, Acharya is a professor of statistics. The outgoing VC (Bishnu Barik) is from humanities (sociology) background.

A three-member search-cum-selection panel led by Lalit Mansingh (chancellor’s choice) and having members G Behera (syndicate nominee) and Kamlesh Jashipura (UGC nominee) had short-listed the three after a marathon interview of 15 aspirants, from among over 40 applicants, over a period of two days on September 21 and 22. The incumbent VC was also among the 15 aspirants looking for a second term.

Special importance is being attached to the next VC as s/he would preside over the golden jubilee celebrations of the university in January 2017. The university started functioning on January 1967 following the state assembly passing the Sambalpur University Act on December 10, 1966.