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Odisha cabinet approves amendment of Biju Patnaik University of Technology Act

BHUBANESWAR: The state cabinet on Tuesday approved amendment of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) Act to ensure its smooth functioning and achieve academic excellence. Some of the amendments are made in line with the Odisha Universities (amendment) legislation, recently passed in the state assembly.

As per the amendment, term of office of the vice chancellor of BPUT has been fixed for four years instead of the current five years. The decision has been taken to bring uniformities with other universities. Also, designation of professor, reader and lecturer will be re-designated as professor, associate professor and assistant professor in line with the all India pattern.

An OAS officer, not below the rank of joint secretary, will now be appointed as registrar of the BPUT to ensure better and efficient management of the university. Similarly, an Odisha Finance Service officer will now be appointed as finance officer of BPUT. The move is seen as an attempt by the state government to have control in day to day university affairs.

Annual report of the university will be tabled in the state assembly while the vice-chancellor has been authorized to constitute selection committee for recruitment of teaching and non-teaching post.

Amendment of the Xavier University, Odisha Act, 2013 also got cabinet nod to make certain changes in the functioning of the private university.

Among others, the cabinet has also passed a proposal of the state social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities (SSEPD) department to construct integrated infrastructure complexes in all 30 districts in a phased manner as per 5T plan. The infrastructure complexes will be developed as centres of excellence, which will include old age home, shelter for destitute, physiotherapy centre, medical unit, rehabilitation centre and special schools for visually impaired and hearing impaired and those with intellectual disabilities. The centres will have facilities for sports, extra-curricular and cultural activities.

The cabinet also approved a proposal of the women and child development department to launch the scheme SOPAN—strategy for Odisha’s pathway to accelerated nutrition—which is a transformative strategy aimed to improve nutrition outcome among vulnerable and marginalized children. The scheme designed under the 5T programme will be implemented in 125 blocks in 22 districts.

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