Berhampur, Sept 11 (LocalWire): After protests by university teachers, now the students opposed the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance-2020.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)’s Ganjam district unit on Friday staged a demonstration in front of the Khallikote College here strongly opposing the ordinance.
The ordinance will curtail the autonomy of the university, said the state secretary of ABVP Sashikant Mishra.
Without discussing with the teachers, students, academicians and above all the lawmakers, when the state is struggling in the Covid-19 pandemic, the ordinance was an unfortunate move by the government, he said.
The study atmosphere in the university campuses would be hampered with the interference of the government in the autonomy of the universities, he alleged.
The youth wing of the BJP’s Ganjam district unit has also staged a demonstration in front of the administrative building of Berhampur University on Thursday.
Earlier the teachers’ associations of Berhampur, Sambalpur and Utkal universities had opposed the ordinance.
The teachers’ associations have opposed the provisions like recruitment of university teachers though the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), curtail of power of the vice-chancellors, hijacking the autonomy and scrapping of senate, etc.
Berhampur University Teachers’ Association (BUTA) however welcomed the decisions of the government to change the nomenclature of Berhampur University from Public University to State University, increase of tenure of VC from 3 to 4 years and their age limits from 65 to 67 years, restructuring of the syndicate and uploading of annual audit reports of respective university websites.
BUTA has demanded the enhancement of superannuation age of university teachers from the present 60 to 65 years, which was a long-standing demand of the university teachers in the state.
Several other states and Central universities have enhanced the retirement age of their university teachers by 65 years, said a resolution of BUTA.