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khaskhabar.com : Thursday, May 25, 2023 7:00 PM
Bhubaneswar. State Higher Education Minister Rohit Pujari said here on Thursday that the Odisha government has decided to provide free Wi-Fi facility in all government universities soon to facilitate e-learning. Pujari said this while talking to mediapersons after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s review meeting on the achievements of the Higher Education Department during the last four years and fulfillment of the assurances given in the Election Manifesto-2019.
Pujari said that all the universities in the state have been made Wi-Fi enabled. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology is working on providing free 1GB data to students across all university and college campuses before the next academic session.
He said that career counseling cells have been set up in various colleges and universities to provide a platform to the students to choose career plans.
The Minister informed that 200 meritorious Civil Services candidates in all categories will be provided free Civil Services coaching along with boarding and lodging.
In addition, training in English speaking skills is being imparted through virtual tutorials. He said that eleven Centers of Excellence (CoE) were running across the State.
Pujari said that steps are being taken to set up science degree colleges in educationally deprived blocks.
With a view to encourage students to pursue research, the Chief Minister Research Promotion Fellowship Scheme (CMRIFP) has been launched with a budgetary outlay of Rs 326 crore for five years from 2023-24.
In a span of two decades, the number of students in the state is projected to increase from 3.2 lakh in 2000 to 6.5 lakh in 2023, of which 3.8 lakh are girl students. Pujari said that the Gross Enrollment Ratio has also increased from 11 to 21 during the same period.
He said this has been possible because the government is now increasing the budget provision from Rs 473 crore in 2000 to Rs 3,173 crore in 2023.
The government has earmarked an expenditure of Rs 260 crore in 2022 as against Rs 20 crore in 2000 towards the development of infrastructure of higher education institutions. The number of colleges has increased from 548 to 1,024, while the number of public universities in the state has increased from six to 16.
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