Kendrapara, October 7 (LocalWire): Locals, including a large number of educationists, here have appealed to the state chief minister Naveen Patnaik to upgrade the 60-year old Kendrapara College into a university.
The group organised themselves under the banner of the Kendrapara Nawjawan Union (KNU) and recently submitted a memorandum to the chief minister, education minister and other officials to put forth their demand.
The proposal to upgrade the college into a university was floated recently in a meeting that was attended by the teachers, and ten former principals of the college, as well as principals of other colleges.
“We are hopeful that the government will pay heed to our demands as the college has all the facilities that are required to upgrade it into a university,” KNU working president Sk Ahesan said, adding that this will help meet the University Grants Commission suggestion that a university should give affiliation to a maximum 100 colleges to ensure effective administration and monitoring of their quality.
“Three years back, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council team had granted the college ‘A’ grade after inspecting it. The research work can also be taken up once the college is converted into a university,” KNU vice-president Padmanava Sahoo stated.
“Higher education has long been accepted as an important part of one’s prospect. Students from rural areas many times find it difficult to access university education in big cities.
If the government upgrades Kendrapara College into a university, then it will be able to fulfill the aspirations of many rural students to get higher studies,” Sahoo added.
The KNU also demanded an engineering college and a 100-bedded hostel at the Al- Farooque Education Trust at Kendrapara.
It may be recalled that the chief minister had on 2 March this year inaugurated a rural campus of the Utkal University at Siha village under the Barachana block of Jajpur district.
Spread over 66.30 acres of land, the rural campus is aimed to help large numbers of students, academicians, researchers, and others.