Varsity set for upgrade

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By PRIYA ABRAHAM
  • Published 17.07.13
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Bhubaneswar, July 16: A whole new range of technical courses, coupled with better infrastructure, await students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla. It is all set to be upgraded to the standard of the National Institutes of Technology.

An expert committee formed by the department of technical education is working on the requirements for the varsity’s upgrade.

The Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation has been asked to come up with a master plan for the infrastructure revamp, while the varsity has already begun the process of increasing the intake.

“The number of seats have been doubled from this year,” said vice-chancellor of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, B.K. Nanda.

Seats in civil, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering have been increased from 60 to 120, while seats in information technology have been increase form 40 to 60.

New courses in meteorological and mechanical engineering and architecture have been launched from this academic session with 60 seats in each course. From this year, a five-year integrated MSc course has also been launched with intake capacity of 18, said Nanda.

The varsity has also made plans to launch chemical and mining engineering courses from next year, along with courses in business administration, biotechnology, energy engineering and automobile engineering.

“If the proposal works out well, our aim will be to increase the seat intake from 2,500 to 6,000 by the end of 2017,” said Nanda.

Besides procurement of state-of-the-art equipment to enhance research capabilities in the university, the number of faculty will also be increased from the existing 193 to about 350.

An official in the technical education department said that leading IITs were consulted to form the expert committee which would look after the institute’s upgrade.

The proposal will be presented before members of the 14th finance commission, who are expected to visit the state later this month. The project cost has been estimated in a range of Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore,” said another official of the varsity.

The Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, was chosen for upgrade at the place of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology as the former was smaller in size than the latter.