‘Professors contacted to support teaching-learning process'

KORAPUT: Appointment of the first registrar and finance officer of Central University of Orissa at Koraput has been granted by the President. They would join the university shortly, Surabhi Banerjee ,Vice-Chancellor of the university, said in a press meet here. While it would take some more months to get regular teaching faculty for the university, eminent professors and other experts in their subjects were contacted to support the teaching-learning process in the university by taking classes as visiting faculty on the campus. In addition to this there were a good number of MOU to be signed in the next few months by the university with institutions of repute like M.S. Swaminathan Research Centre, Jamia Hamdard University and British Council for developing the scope and opportunities for integral development of students, she added.

While the university had plans to shift the campus from the existing COATS premises to the newly acquired building of Central Silk Board at Landiguda near here, she expressed gratitude to the people and institutions for providing the required infrastructure for launching the classes of the university in its formative stage. The university wishes to clear all the pending payments in connection with the rent of the building on COATS premises before the shifting takes place. But lack of clarity on the ownership of the building was causing problem for the release of the funds from the university accounts . Intervention of Rajesh Pravakar Patil, district Collector was sought in this regard and on the expenditure incurred by the district administration for organising the inaugural function of the university last year , she said .

While briefing the media on the plans and proposals of the university, she said that nine out of 39 Central universities in the country were selected to have medical colleges and hospitals. Construction work for the university had begun at Sunabeda and discussions were held with chief officers of HAL, NAD, CPWD and the district administration for making plans for construction work in addition to laying proper road links to the prime site in between HAL and NAD .

The executive council at a recent meeting in New Delhi had approved the proposal to provide free education in the university to economically backward students under its community welfare initiatives from next academic session, she added.