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Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Opposes Ordinance To Amend Odisha Universities Act

Bhubaneswar:15/9/20: Opposing an ordinance passed by the Odisha government to amend the Odisha Universities Act, 1989, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan sought the intervention of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ saying that the changes promulgated by the State are not harmony with the Central government policies.

In a letter to the Union Education Minister, Pradhan also stated the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 is in contrary to the vision of Prime Minister enshrined in the National Education Policy, 2020 to promote autonomy of academic institutions to pursue excellence in teaching and research.

He added the amendments made to the Odisha Universities Act, 1989, are in contradiction with extant practices in other States.

He further said the amendments will strip away the autonomy of Universities in the State. “Replacing the important role and functions of the apex Senate body with the bureaucratic Syndicate body, which will effectively be run by State Government appointed nominees, including Secretary to the Syndicate who will also be appointed as the Registrar,” the letter read.

Citing the Supreme Court judgment in the Osmania University Teachers Union vs State of Andhra Pradesh, Pradhan said the ordinance will be struck down in court.

On September 4, 2020, the Odisha government passed the ordinance to amend the Odisha Universities Act, 1989. The ordinance is yet to be discussed in the State Legislative Assembly.

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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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