NOU Vacancies Will Be Filled Soon, Says Government

Teaching staff shortages, a nagging problem in North Odisha University (NOU) at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district, can be completed as soon as the state government has directed the university to fill the vacancy.

The main campus is in Takatpur NOU while operating the second campus of Suleikhama in Keonjhar. Staff crisis has affected the study on both campuses. Students have been protesting over the issue several times in the past.

A total of 74 posts of Professor Assistant Professor and  Associate Professor has been lying vacant.

Taking the matter seriously, additional secretary of higher education department issued a letter of January 1, 2020, to NOU registrar Laxmidhar Mohanty stated that the department had given the green light to the appointment of the teaching staff at the university. University authorities have been told to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.

NOU was established on July 13th, 1998. It was formally inaugurated by the former Chief Minister Giridhar giddy on July 11, 1999. The University is spread over 98.84 hectares, while Keonjhar campus which started functioning in Suleikhama in 2015-16. The main campus offers eight regular programs and 15 self-financing programs.

The University is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Bar Council of India, and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) program UGC. NOU included in the list of the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London. NAAC accredits the university with B + grade.

University territorial jurisdiction extends to Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts dominated by the tribal population, on average, 63% of the community.

A total of 93 universities (public/professional) affiliated to this university. Among them are three autonomous colleges, a medical college, Ayurvedic medical colleges, a medical college of homeopathy, two B.Ed. Colleges, five nursing training colleges, one special B.Ed. College and two colleges of law.

Student riots have erupted over a variety of issues in the past — some students who pursue an integrated B.Ed. And Med has taken a padayatra from Baripada to Bhubaneswar in November 2019 on suspicion of their ineligibility to sit for OTET, OSSTET, and CTET examination to post teachers.

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