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Opposition members in the State Assembly Arms Over Odisha Universities (Amendment) Bill 2020

Bhubaneswar29/9/20:: Opposition members in the State Assembly targeted the State government after the later tabled the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Bill 2020 in the House for discussion. BJP members alleged the State government is trying to keep all the universities under its control while Congress legislators termed the bill as a ‘Black Bill’.

Leader of Opposition Pradipta Kumar Naik raised questions about the process for appointments of faculty and non-teaching staff at the public state universities and stated the government wants to deny autonomy to the universities.

Senior Congress Legislator Narasingha Mishra said the State government is trying to pass the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Bill 2020 hastily like a bulldozer. He asked why the government is in hurry to pass the bill during the pandemic.

Mishra sensed foul play behind the government’s move to table the bill for discussion. He demanded a division while presenting the bill in the House

Another Senior Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati tore the copies of the bill in the House and termed it as a ‘Black Bill’. He demanded the bill should be sent to the House Selection Committee for approval.

Refuting the charges, Higher Education Minister Arun Sahoo said the bill is not anyone going to damage the autonomy of universities as they will function as per the University Act.

The State government has provided Rs 1,034 crore grants to the universities, he informed the House.

A total of seven bills were presented in the House for discussions.

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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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