Odisha Higher Education department lifts restrictions on admission in colleges

Bhubaneswar: Days after restricting admission in degree colleges lacking recognition and proper infrastructure, the Higher Education department has lifted the restrictions and allowed the institutions to admit students for 2022-23 academic year.

In a letter to the Regional Directors of Education (RDEs) of Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Jeypore and Sambalpur zones, Higher Education department Special Secretary Rajashree Mohanty said the department has decided to lift the restrictions imposed on admission in the colleges after considering their representations and the financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The letter further said that the Higher Education department has revoked the restrictions and allowed the colleges to admit students for academic year 2022-23 as a last chance, subject to the post facto approval of the high-power committee (HPC).

The Higher Education department had earlier restricted admissions in 93 degree colleges for 2022-23 academic year after a review undertaken by the HPC, sources said.

The department put the restrictions after the colleges failed to submit either the temporary or permanent recognition from the competent authority. Besides, the colleges were lacking proper infrastructure, including adequate faculty members, sources added.

It is learnt that the Higher Education department has asked the colleges to fulfill all conditions for obtaining recognition under Orissa Education Act-1969 before the commencement of 2023-24 academic session.

As per the Orissa Education Act, colleges can operate with temporary recognition for six years and apply for permanent recognition in the seventh year. The colleges will face closure or restrictions on admission if they do not have the permanent recognition after seven years of operation.

Approvals to the colleges also depend upon fulfillment of all conditions under the Orissa Education Act, including adequate faculty members and proper infrastructure.

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