Berhampur, May 30 (Localwire): Five colleges of Ganjam district have been selected for upgrading infrastructure under a for World Bank fund.
In this regard, joint secretary higher education Krupasindhu Mishra has signed MoUs with the principals of the respective colleges.
The World Bank fund, to be released as part of the Odisha Higher Education Programme for Excellence and Equity (OHEPEE), is expected to boost infrastructure for higher education in the state.
The selected colleges are Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Rs 2 crore), Mahamayee Women’s College, Berhampur (Rs 9.04 crore), Aska Science College, Aska (Rs 8.27 crore), KSUB College, Bhanjanagar (Rs 6.86 crore) and Science College, Chhatrapur (Rs 3.20 crore)
This is the second phase of OHEPEE. In the first phase last year, three colleges of the district had received World Bank funds.
The colleges are Science College, Hinjili (Rs 10.52 crore), RCM Science College, Khallikote (Rs 8.52 crore) and TSD College, BDPur (Rs 5.26 crore).
As per rules, the funds have to be utilized by 2022, said regional director of education department Laxmi Kanta Triapathy.
The institutes can spend 60 per cent of the fund on civil works and equipment, rest of the amount must be spent on curriculum developments like library, laboratory, classroom teaching etc.
“We have submitted the work plans to the government and two days of training was held on proper implementation of the programme,” said Nilanchal Muni, principal of KSUB College, Bhanjanagar.
World Bank will provide Rs 1071 crore to improve higher education in Odisha.
The central and the state government had signed a MoU with the World Bank on November 7, 2017 to for a loan of $119 million for the OHEPEE project.