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Lecturers in government colleges in Odisha have been instructed to take at least five classes everyday

Bhubaneswar:29/6/19: In a significant development, lecturers in government colleges in Odisha have been instructed to take at least five classes everyday and stay eight hours in the college. An official notification in this regard will be out soon by the Higher Education Department.

A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting called interactive session with government college principals here to chalk out strategies to improve the higher education system in the state.

In the meeting, chaired by Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo, it was decided that a government college lecturer have to compulsorily take five classes a day, or 25 in a week. Besides, a lecturer must have to stay eight hours in the college instead of five hours at present, an official, who attended the meeting, said.

“We are taking views from principals of all government colleges and other stakeholders regarding how to strengthen the higher education system in the state,” Sahoo told reporters after the meeting.

Among other decisions, the Department has decided to set up biometric attendance in all government colleges in the state within two-three months. Currently, 16 out of 52 colleges have biometric attendance systems.

This apart, the state government will initiate process to appoint permanent principals in all government colleges, which are currently running in-charge principals, the official informed.

Notably, the state government has proposed Rs 2375.34 crore in the budget for the Higher Education during 2019-20.

About Ashok Palit

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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