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Former Odisha chief secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik has resigned as the president of the proposed Vedanta University

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19 /10/17:Former Odisha chief secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik today said he has resigned as the president of the proposed Vedanta University.

“Yes, I have resigned as the president of the proposed Vedanta University. My service is now under notice period. It will expire after the notice period,” Patnaik told reporters here.

Patnaik had joined Vedanta Group as president of the Vedanta University project after he resigned from the post of member, Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC). Patnaik was appointed as the member of the OHRC after his retirement from the government service.

“I had tried my best for the establishment of the Vedanta University. We formed collaboration with different foreign universities. But, there was not much interest from the foundation,” Patnaik said adding that land is a major hurdle before the establishment of the Vedanta University.

The Anil Agarwal Foundation (AAF) has been the promoter of the proposed world class varsity.

However, activities of varsity should not stop due to unavailability of the land immediately.

“The varsity is not an industry. It can be started from rented houses also,” Patnaik said.

With Patnaik’s resignation, the uncertainty over establishment of the Vedanta University has further intensified. The varsity is entangled in a legal battle over land acquisition after the Orissa High Court termed the land acquisition made for it as illegal.

The Vedanta Foundation on July 19, 2006 had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government to set up the university. Therefore, the state government confirmed availability of 8,000 acres of land and made notifications to acquire of 6137.90 acre land covering 18 villages along Puri-Konark marine drive.

The state government had also acquired 4004.48 acre land and handed it over to the Vedanta Foundation. However, the people opposing the project filed a public interest litigation in the High Court which rejected the state government’s land acquisition.

Vedanta Foundation in December 2010, filed a special leave petition (SPL) in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of the Orissa High Court. The apex court in 2012 ordered status quo on the land acquisition. The case is now pending in the Supreme Court.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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