Berhampur, August 19 (LocalWire): Khallikote Cluster University (KCU) today commenced classes for the second batch of post-graduate students in its transit and rented building near Kanishi, about 15-km from here.
Only 43 students have taken admission this year although the six departments of the University have 24 seats each.
An induction meeting was held in the university for the new students.
Parents of the students also attended the meeting.
Vice-Chancellor AN Mishra urged the students to maintain discipline and concentrate on their studies.
‘After completion of the spot admissions on 16 August, it was found that more students have taken admission than last year. In the coming years, more students will prefer KCU,’ he said.
Last year, only 31 students had taken admission. But five of them dropped out and now there are 26 first-batch students in the university.
Presently the university is offering courses in MBA (Business Economics), MBA in travel and tourism management) Mass Communication and Media Technology, Library and Information Science, Natural Resources Management and Geoinformatics and Bioscienc and Bioinformatics.
Social activists alleged students could not join the university because of its high course fees.
The university has fixed each course fee at a one-time deposit of Rs 8100 and Rs 29,800 for each semester which have to be deposited before the beginning of each semester.
‘The fee structure is too high for poor students of southern Odisha.
It was one of the main reasons for few students joining the university in the last two years,’said Abani Kumar Gaya, president of Manaba Adhikar Surakshya Manch.