Report by Nishapati Nayak; Koraput: The Central University of Orissa is hereafter being called as Central University of Odisha as per the recent Gazette Notification of the Central Universities (Amendment) Act, 2019 by the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) Government India. The above Act of Parliament received the assent of the His Excellency, Shri Ramanath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India and the visitor of Central University of Odisha.
The Vice-Chancellor I/c Prof. Sharat Kumar Palita announced this long awaiting order of the Government of India on the occasion of the Independence Day ceremony while addressing the University community.
Prof. Palita said “It is a great moment for the CUO community as well as the people of Odisha to have the name changed from Central University of Orissa to Central University of Odisha. Since the name of the state was changed from Orissa to Odisha in 2011, this change was long due. By this change Govt. of India has fulfilled the aspirations and long standing demand people of the state.”
Central University of Orissa was established at Koraput of the state of Odisha under the Central Universities Act 2009, by an Act of Parliament (No. 3C of 2009) of India and came into existence in 2009. It is one of the 15 new Central Universities established by the Government of India during the UGC XI Plan period to address the concern of the Nation on the principle of “equity and access” to quality higher education. As per the recent Notification the First Schedule of the Principal Act [section 3(4)], the territorial jurisdiction of the Central University of Odisha is whole of the state of Odisha.
Presently the University offers 11 Master’s Degree Programmes in Odia, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication, Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources, Business Management and Statistics. Besides, 5-year Integrated Masters programme in Mathematics, three years Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) and two-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programme are also offered by the University. The University has provision in M.Phil., and Ph.D. programme in eight subjects namely; Anthropology, Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources, Economics, Education, Journalism and Mass Communication, Odia, Sociology, and Statistics.
The University has two campuses, the city campus at Koraput and main campus at Sunabeda.
Prof. Plaita said that all signboards, nameplates, official seals, letter heads etc. will be changed accordingly at the earliest.