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Private institutes seek affiliation to OUAT

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 4: Private institutes in the state have started approaching the Odisha University Agriculture of Technology (OUAT) for affiliation, following passing of the OUAT bill.

The bill was passed on August 23 amending the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Act, 1965, to enable the university to accord affiliation to institutions in the private sector for imparting education in agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, forestry and allied sciences.

While two private colleges in the capital have approached the authorities, a former professor of the varsity is said to be considering the idea of setting up an agricultural college, sources said.

“We have been approached by about three private educational institutes,” said M. Kar, director of planning, monitoring and evaluation director at the OUAT.

“The response after the passing of the bill was as expected and there is every reason why it should be so. There is a good demand for the subjects.

“There are sufficient job opportunities for students of agriculture. They can get into research, banking, civil services, voluntary organisations and corporate sectors,” he said.

However, the university had not been able to make much advancement as the bill was yet to be officially communicated, said an official.

“Only after a formal communication reaches us, we can work towards the formalities of forming the rules and regulations for affiliation. The sooner it is completed, the easier it is for the university to approve the affiliation,” said S.K. Ray, registrar, OUAT.

“The colleges can then be approved on the basis of guidelines, including land, infrastructure, student intake and staff strength and others,” he said.

While students are keen to take admission in the constituent colleges of the OUAT, the existing intake capacity of the varsity is limited.

This year, the university had received about 12,000 applications for admission in 608 seats in various courses in the colleges of agriculture, agricultural engineering, fisheries, veterinary science and home science.

The university is also working towards the establishment of two constituent colleges. There will be a college of veterinary science in Sambalpur and a college in dairy technology in Baripada.