Bhubaneswar: As many as 7 degree colleges have been closed and 11 colleges have been restricted from conducting admission for the academic session 2020-21 in Odisha, informed an official in Higher Education Department.
Of the educational institutions offering degree courses, the highest number of colleges have been closed in Khordha district.
As per the order by Regional Directorate of Education (RDE), Gyan Bharati Degree College, Sai International College of Commerce and Economics, Royal College of Science & Technology have been closed in Bhubaneswar. As per the order by Higher Education Department, Newton College Of Science & Technology in Jatni, Sukanti Degree College in Sonepur, Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Degree College at Bisra in Sundargarh district, Excelsior +3 Science Residential College at Vyasanagar in Jajpur district have been closed for this academic session.
A reliable source in the Department said that these above colleges had submitted a suo moto application for closure citing various reasons for not taking part in admission process for this academic session. Following the application, the Department decided to close those colleges for this year.
Moreover, the Higher Education Department has imposed restrictions on 11 colleges for admission of students for the academic year 2020-21.
The colleges included, two self financing colleges in Ganjam district — Science Degree College in Rangeilunda and Vedbyash Residential College; Apex Residential College in Jajpur, two Sanskrit colleges in Kendrapara district — Kshetrapal Sanskrit (Degree) Mahavidyalaya and Sri Ram Sanskrit College; Gourav College of Commerce Management & Science in Bhubaneswar, Kalijai Degree College in Balugaon, Prachi Mahavidyalaya For Disable in Pipili, Institute of Advanced Studies in Commerce in Sambalpur and two colleges in Sundargarh district — Chandra Susama Degree College and Venus Degree College.
However, the Department may reconsider on its decision to restrict 11 colleges from conducting admission this academic session. The permission may be granted to these colleges if they submit necessary documents to the authorities, the source said.