Ten acres of land has been earmarked for the purpose
The State would soon have its own open university besides four more universities with non-government initiatives.
According to Higher Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Orissa State Open University shall come up on the Utkal University campus in the Capital shortly. Ten acres has been earmarked for the establishment, he hinted. The syllabus is being designed following the patterns of the Indira Gandhi National Open University, he stated.
However, the thrust would be on introducing courses that would benefit the people of the State, he added.
The principal objective of the university would be on imparting educational programmes that would enhance the skill of the youth who have not been fortunate enough to pursue higher education for resource constraints. Besides, employees, housewives and even elderly citizens can be benefitted from the programmes that the university would offer, the minister maintained.
Teachers' training programme would form an important segment of the university's curriculum, Mishra informed and added that the distant education mode of teaching and training would be of great help for the teachers who intend to take up bachelor's and master's degree programmes in education for their skill up-gradation. The Capital would further have Silicon University that would be set up by the Non-Residents-Indians (NRIs), the Minister revealed. The ambitious project would cost Rs.340-crore, he mentioned. Details of the project have already been drafted and deliberated by the stake holders and the memorandum of understanding would be signed soon, he added. The State government has also given nod for establishment of three private universities that would enhance the number of universities in the State to 21, Mishra stated. The Department of Higher Education has received 13 more proposals from private bodies to set up universities in the State which are being examined, he revealed.