Governor addresses Vice-Chancellors’ conference

BHUBANESWAR: Governor M.C. Bhandare has urged universities in the State to initiate steps to promote education of tribals and the visually-impaired.

Addressing the Vice-Chancellors’ conference here, Mr. Bhandare expressed concern over the rising dropout rate among tribal girls from schools and colleges.

“Orissa has a vast tribal population. Their development depends largely on literacy and education,” he pointed out and felt that universities, being centres of learning, should evolve strategies to accelerate tribal welfare through education.

Mr. Bhandare reiterated his suggestion to set up special cells in universities to streamline education of the visually-impaired. The universities should create employment opportunities for them, he stated, and asked the V-Cs to submit details of the initiatives that they had taken on the issue.

Land encroachment

Reviewing the issue of land encroachment on Utkal University and North Orissa University campuses, the Governor emphasised the need to rehabilitate the BPL families.

The university authorities should discuss the matter with the administration and ensure the recovery of the land. While 241 families encroached upon 8.55 acres of land of Utkal University, 31 families occupied nearly two acres of land of North Orissa University at Baripada.

Mr. Bhandare also asked the V-Cs to go for e-governance and filling of vacancies in various faculties.