• More than a yr after the Odisha authorities ordered closure of round 11,560-odd major colleges resulting from low enrolment, the Orissa High Court on Tuesday quashed the notification.

By Debabrata Mohanty

PUBLISHED ON MAY 04, 2021 08:18 PM IST

More than a yr after the Odisha authorities ordered closure of round 11,560-odd major colleges resulting from low enrolment, the Orissa High Court on Tuesday quashed the notification.

Disposing a number of writ petitions on this regard, HC choose BR Sarangi directed the state to revive again the place of the faculties as earlier than, and supply crucial infrastructure for clean operating of the identical. The HC in March had stayed the govt. notification.

In March final yr, Odisha faculty and mass training division had ordered closure of greater than 11,560 major colleges within the state with pupil energy lower than 20 to enhance the educational surroundings and outcomes for varsity college students.

The transfer termed “Consolidation and rationalisation” beneath Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) undertaking was being carried out in round 8000-odd colleges in Odisha with pupil energy lower than 20. Those colleges had been merged with nearest colleges known as Lead Schools over previous few months.

For a Primary faculty, a close-by Primary (I-V)/Upper Primary (I-VIII/VI-VIII)/ Secondary (I-X), was recognized for consolidation. Similarly for an Upper Primary (I-VIII/VI-VIII), a close-by Upper Primary (I-VIII/VI-VIII) or highschool (I-X/VI-X) was recognized for the merger course of.

The state authorities in its notification had mentioned that the consolidation would make colleges aspirational for college kids and lead to enchancment of Pupil-Teacher Ratio. “There would be better infrastructure facilities, better academic environment with additional TLM facilities, e-Learning and co-curricular facilities. This will also improve learning and teaching time available to teachers and students through reduction in administrative burden on teachers,” the notification mentioned.

The transfer was opposed by a number of organisations together with All Utkal major Teachers Federation who alleged that the consolidation transfer would wreck the training system in Odisha. “The same government which allowed the schools to open in villages is shutting down the schools. Instead of improving the infrastructure, the government is just hell-bent on closing the schools,” mentioned the Federation.

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