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Conventional PG courses back in demand at Sambalpur University

Conventional postgraduate courses in Sambalpur University received an unusually high number of applications this year compared to previous years. Self-financed and professional courses, however, continued to evoke poor response.

The physics department with 32 seats received the highest 430 applications, compared to 258 in 2011 and 227 in 2010. Similarly, for 28 seats of chemistry department, there were 369 applications compared to 204 last year and 217 in 2010. Life science, English, political science, economics and sociology departments have also received a huge number of applications.

Aspirants for MSc in life science will face a tough competition. For the 32 seats in life science, 382 students have applied this year, compared to 210 in 2011 and 254 in 2010. PGDCA, which had received just four applications last year for 30 seats, has got 43 requests this year. Statistics department, which had just one applicant for its 16 seats last year, has received nine applications this year.

Except for law, the number of applicants have gone up in all other departments. Compared to 34 applicants for 24 LLB seats in 2010 and 43 applicants in 2011, the number went down to 17 this year. Overall, the number of applications for 578 regular PG courses went up to 2,676 this year, compared to 1,671 in 2011 and 1,851 in 2010.

Conversely, there were just 274 applicants for 282 self-financed courses this year. The number was 292 in 2010 and 224 in 2011. Only 27 students have applied for 40 seats of the executive MBA this year.

“Students realize it is better to do PG in a conventional subject compared to doing a professional degree in an unremarkable institution. Besides, job prospects of courses such as sociology and science subjects have improved. While NGOs and government schemes such as NREGA has jobs for sociology post graduates, shortage of science teachers have made science post graduates sought after in the teaching profession,” said the varsity’s postgraduate council chairman Sukadeba Naik.

Number of applications for other universities such as Utkal University and Berhampur University are yet to be revealed. However, authorities said applications for conventional subjects have increased in these varsities as well. “The number of applications has gone up across most departments,” said Uktal University PG council chairman P K Mishra.

Girls outshine boys in Sambalpur University exams

Girls have outshone boys with better marks in the plus three (BA/BSC/BCOM) final year examinations of the Sambalpur University in Odisha.

Girls had topped the university in 16 subjects as against three by the boys in the examinations results of which were declared on Friday.

The pass percentage in commerce with honours was highest at 91.63 per cent followed by 85.04 per cent in arts honours and 69.38 in science honours.

Similarly, pass rate without honours was 81.04 per cent for arts, 58.25 per cent for science and 68.09 per cent for commerce.

A total of 3,110 students out of 3,692 in arts honours had passed the final degree examination in the university of them 237 in first division.

Altogether 7,637 of the 9,707 students without honours had passed the examination 125 them with distinction.


In science stream, 886 of the 1286 students passed with 270 of them in first division while 586 of the 1012 students without honours had cleared the examination 51 of them with distinction.

In commerce honours, 383 of 421 students passed the exam with 73 in first division. In non honours category, 862 of 1272 students had passed the examination, 111 of them with distinction.

Varsity staff oppose jobs on contracts

Sambalpur University Employees’ Union has submitted a memorandum to vice-chancellor Bishnu Barik, opposing a Syndicate resolution to hire non-teaching staff on contract with a consolidated pay.

The varsity Syndicate on May 18 had resolved to appoint 20 assistants with computer knowledge on Rs 5000 per month remuneration.

The union demanded filling up of all the vacant posts in all categories on regular basis. Rejecting the concept of appointment on outsourcing basis, the union sought a special syndicate meeting and to invite the union to put fourth their points on the matter.

The employees also demanded a special programme to fill up all the sanctioned vacancies in the University Health Center within six month and to make it well equipped with in a year. The single post of doctor in the centre is lying vacant since 1990. “There is no minimum healthcare facility for the 5,000 population in Jyoti Vihar campus,” said employees’ union general secretary Mahendra Mishra.

The union, in its memorandum, also sought steps to check the movements of unauthorized heavy vehicles and tractors on the campus to avoid mishaps and renovation of university staff quarters using 11th Plan UGC grant.

Sambalpur University to close down Computer Science

Sambalpur University is planning to close down its 22-year-old department of Computer Science. Three years back, it was the then vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Pujari who had given a similar proposal to augment his pet project of Sambalpur University Institute of Information technology (SUIIT).

While Vice-Chancellor B C Barik has formed a committee to look into the feasibility of the issue on recommendation of the University Syndicate, students who aspired to pursue computer courses have already lost a year.

The UGC-sponsored department was started in 1998 with one-year PG Diploma in Computer Application (DCA) course. As the course elicited good response, the University introduced two-year self-financing course of MSc in Computer Science in 2001 followed by three-year Masters in Computer Application (MCA) in 2002.

Till now, about 600 students have passed out from PGDCA course while around 400 completed their MSc in Computer Science and MCA. However, in the last academic year, enrolment was stopped.

The department has an intake capacity of 30 students for each? course. Sources said although 35 applications were received during last academic year, the applicants were asked to enrol in SUIIT. As of today, the department has only students pursuing their second and third year course of MCA.Sambalpur University PRO Rajat Kujur said the department was being closed to merge it with SUIIT, an autonomous body under Sambalpur University.

Sikhs protest college barring boy with kripan

Tension prevailed for hours in  Rourkela College on Thursday after college authorities debarred a Sikh student from appearing in the university examination for carrying his ‘kripan’, a traditional weapon carried by members of the Sikh community.

Three other non-Sikh community students also did not appear in the examination, protesting the decision of the college authorities, while hundreds of Sikhs assembled in front of the college, protesting against the incident.

The Sikh boy and three of his friends were finally allowed to take the examination about three hours later after several senior district administration officials rushed to the spot and intervened in the matter. A written apology was also submitted by the principal of the college to pacify the Sikh community.

According to sources, when Harwinder Singh, a third year ex-regular student of Rourkela College, was entering the examination hall, a group of college staff noticed his kripan hanging under his shirt and asked him to keep the weapon outside the hall. Harwinder tried to explain to the college authorities the Sikh tradition of carrying the article upon one’s person at all times but the college authorities were adamant on their stand and refused to allow him to enter the examination hall with the kripan.

Naveen Jain, Ashok Mohanty and Bimal Mallick — three of his classmates — also boycotted the examination, showing solidarity with Harwinder.

Sikh community members tried to reason with the college principal, informing him about a Supreme Court order that Sikhs are allowed to carry their kripan even in tight securities areas like aircrafts. “We tried our best to convince the principal and staff of the college but they were rigid on their stand and there was no sympathy for the career of Harwinder and the other three boys,” said Gurmeet Singh, president of Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.

Finding no other alternative, members of the community staged a demonstration to draw the attention of the district administration, following which senior district officials like sub-collector S B Mishra and Rourkela additional SP Sudarsan Sethi reached the spot. The matter was also brought to the knowledge of examination controller of  Sambalpur University, who granted a special permission to the four students to appear in the examination, after about three hours of examination starting time.

Pradeep Kumar Jena, principal of the college, was forced to submit a written apology to the Sikh community for hurting their sentiments. “I had no intention of hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community but the problem occurred due to inadvertent interpretation of the examination law for which I am extremely sorry,” Jena mentioned in his apology letter.

The Sikh community thanked the district administration for their intervention and support