Archive for August, 2011

12th plan envisions to have a medical college in each of the 641 districts of India??

Following are excerpts from a report in

In order to bring down the shortage of doctors and improve healthcare services at the minutest level, the government is planning to have medical colleges in each district.

It has plans to convert district hospitals into training institute the paramedical personnel as well.

Besides, the government also plans to integrate AYUSH doctors and have capacity building programmes for other traditional healthcare providers such as Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs) and Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) so that traditional care practices and local remedies are encouraged.

… As of now medical colleges are concentrated in only 193 districts of the country … The rest 447 districts do not have any medical college.

Against 335 colleges, there are about 319 Auxiliary nurses and midwives (ANM) training schools, 49 health and family welfare training schools and only 34 LHV (Lady Health Visitor) schools.

The present doctor patient ratio 0.6 per 1000 while the ratio of health workers (including midwives, nurses etc) is 2.5 per 1000.

“To fill the gap in training needs of paramedical professionals, the 12th Plan proposes to develop each of the district hospitals into knowledge centres, and 4,535 CHCs into training institutions,” says the Planning Commission report.

Odisha with its 30 districts will greatly benefit by this plan. In Odisha only 4 of its districts currently have medical colleges: they are Cuttack, Khorda, Sambalpur and Ganjam. The 26 districts in Odisha that do not yet have medical colleges are: Angul (*), Boudha, Bhadrak, Balangir, Baragarh, Balasore, Deogarh, Dhenanal, Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Jajpur, Jagatsignhpur, Keonjhar, Kalahandi (*), Kandhamal, Koraput, Kendrapada, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nawarangpur, Nuapada, Nayagarh, Puri, Rayagada, Subarnapur, Sundergarh (*). Among these 26, private medical colleges are under construction in Angul (by MCL and NTPC), Kalahandi (WODC), and Sundergarh (in Rourkela by Hi-Tech).

1 comment August 30th, 2011

XIM Bhubaneswar plans courses in MPH; 19 foreign students paying 39,750 Euros to study in a 3C (3 continent) MGM (Master in Global Management) program; 1/3rd of that course will be at XIMB

Following is  an excerpt from Shilpi Sampad’s report in Telegraph.

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), is planning to introduce a master’s programme in public health with a specialisation in mental health from next year.

The course will be conducted in association with the Union ministry of health and family welfare, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Tiss) in Mumbai and the London School of Medicine.

… we hope that things will be finalised soon,” said Father P.T. Joseph, director of XIMB.

He added it would be a residential programme and around 25 to 30 students would be enrolled in the first batch. Tiss, Mumbai will confer the degrees. Speaking about the importance of the course, Joseph said: “Public health and mental health are areas of great concern worldwide.

… Earlier, XIMB had entered into a partnership with two foreign B-schools — Antwerp Management School in Antwerp and Fordham Graduate School of Business in New York — to launch a “3-Continent Master of Global Management” (3C MGM) programme. The duration of the course is 12 months and it is scheduled to begin on September 1.

For this, 20 candidates each have been chosen from the continents of Asia (India and China), Europe and America. The students will spend four months at Antwerp B-school, XIMB and Fordham.

Of the 40 applicants who had applied for the course, which will cost around 39,750 Euros or Rs 30 lakhs, only one has been selected to be part of the group from India.

“The applicants found it difficult to secure bank loans since XIMB is neither a university nor recognised under the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). We are trying our best to attain the status of a university so that these problems do not recur,” said Joseph, who is also one of the deans for the 3C MGM programme.

6 comments August 30th, 2011

Odisha has sent a proposal for an Urban Management Institute

Earlier in April Naveen Patnaik had mentioned this to the Urban development minister Mr. Kamal Nath. Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India regarding its latest status.

To train the urban managers on growing challenges of urbanization, the state government is mulling to set up a dedicated institute on urban management and governance (UMANG) in Bhubaneswar.

The state housing and urban development (H&UD) department has sent a proposal to the Centre for approval of funds for the institute. The state has identified 10 acres of land in Raghunathpur area for the project, sources said.

"We are waiting for approval from the Centre. The institute can come handy in training officials of the urban local bodies (ULB) and development authorities on urban challenges," the H&UD secretary Saurabh Garg told TOI.

August 29th, 2011

Odia University Bill to be tabled in Orissa Assembly shortly: Orissadiary

Following is from

the much talked Odia University Bill to be tabled soon in the assembly.  Today Speaker permitted the bill to table in the assembly for discussion.  Dr Sipra Mallick, MLA, Kendrapara took the consent of other MLAs to discuss on this bill. But it could not discussed due to lack of time.  

It is worth mentioned that this Odia University bill is much talked these days in all most all forums.  Demands were there from many corners for this bill so as to protect our art, culture, literature & to promote the same. Unlike universities like Telugu, Tamil Kannad this Odia University will work for the development of Odia language and the ethnicity of this Odia community.

The Odia University trust has been working for setting up this varsity in the state. But according to UGC the concern state govt must approve the bill. Hence since long this bill is pending. But now it’s a good news for the Odias in general if this bill gets approval in the assembly. 

August 27th, 2011

IIIT Kancheepuram bill passed in Lok sabha; Sibal says there was need for more such institutes, particularly in backward states like Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan besides Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast

Following is an excerpt from a report in

The Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing at Kancheepuram is all set to become an institution of national importance with Parliament today approving a bill in this regard. … Replying to a debate on the bill, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said there was need for more such institutes particularly in backward states like Orissa, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan besides Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast. He said if the state governments wanted to set up such institutes, the Centre would provide all assistance.

Odisha should not delay in pushing for the proposed IIIT in Berhampur.

2 comments August 25th, 2011

OUAT plans a College of Veterinary Science in Chipilima, Sambalpur: Dharitri; Update: A new College of Horticulture in Khurda is also planned

Currently there is a College of Agriculture and a College of Horticulture in Chipilima.This will be the third OUAT College in Chipilima.

Following is an excerpt from a report

The State Government has decided to open another College of Horticulture at Khurda on OUAT’s existing School of Horticulture premises for development of manpower in the sector.

Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy announced this while speaking at the 50th foundation day of the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology here on Wednesday.

Currently OUAT has only one College of Horticulture in Chipilima. This will be its second college of Horticulture. See for the list of Colleges of OUAT.

1 comment August 25th, 2011

OUAT ammendment bill passed; now OUAT can accord affiliation to institutions in the private sector for imparting education in agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, forestry and allied sciences.

Following is from a report in

The Assembly on Monday passed a Bill amending the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Act, 1965. The amendment enables OUAT to accord affiliation to institutions in the private sector for imparting education in agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, forestry and allied sciences.

… While students are keen to take admission in the constituent colleges of OUAT, the existing intake capacity is limited. The university has received about 12,000 applications for admission into various courses while the total number of seats available in the colleges of agriculture, agricultural engineering, fisheries, veterinary science and home science is 608.

Many private organisations have evinced interest to set up institutions to provide quality education in agriculture and allied sciences. This will benefit the State which is based on agrarian economy, the minister added.

While leader of the Opposition sought to know from the Minister if any other Agriculture University of the country has such a provision to affiliate private institutions, the latter said that Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh had taken the lead.

August 23rd, 2011

History of Orissa from the earliest times to the British period Vol 1 and 2 By Banerji, R.D.: Available at Delhi University digital library

Note: The Delhi University digital library is available at Thanks to Abi for the pointer. Through it one can access all books in the Delhi University library for which the copyright dates are past.

Title:  History of Orissa from the earliest times to the British period Vol 1
Authors:  Banerji, R.D.
Keywords:  Orissa-History
Issue Date:  24-Oct-2008
Series/Report no.:  Vol 1;
Description:  351
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Ch 02 History Of Orissa From The Earliest Times To The Period (Page- 59-109).pdf   4.05 MB Adobe PDF View/Open
Ch 03 History Of Orissa From The Earliest Times To The Period (Page- 110-145).pdf   3.29 MB Adobe PDF View/Open
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Title:  History of Orissa from the earliest times to the British period Vol 2
Authors:  Banerji, R.D.
Keywords:  Orissa-History
Issue Date:  12-Feb-2009
Series/Report no.:  Vol 2;
Description:  xx, 481
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Ch01-The Struggle between the pathans and the mughals.pdf   1.28 MB Adobe PDF View/Open
Ch02-The Mughal rule in orissa.pdf   1.28 MB Adobe PDF View/Open
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4 comments August 22nd, 2011

The OUAT Ammendment Bill 2011 is being discussed in the Odisha assembly; if passed, it will pave way to private agricultural colleges affiliated to OUAT

One of the main aspect of this bill is that it will allow private agricultural colleges to be affiliated to OUAT. I think this is a good move and if what is mentioned in the excerpt below from is true, it is surprising that no other state agricultural university allows that.

… none of the 38 agriculture universities in the country has given permission to any private organisation to set up college in agriculture, veterinary and allied sciences, he wanted to know as to why the State Government is so keen on allow entry of private sector in the State. Discussion on the Bill remained inconclusive.

From my quick research I found the following:

So even if what is mentioned in the article is true, why should Odisha take a lead for once and allow OUAT to have affiliated private colleges.

1 comment August 21st, 2011

Apollo Hospital and Medavarsity jointly offer Diploma correspondence programs in Healthcare Informatics, Clinical Counseling and Hospital Administration with contact hours at Bhubaneswar

August 21st, 2011

Orissa School of Mining Engineering (OSME) Degree Stream advertises for 26 faculty positions (Deadline: 20th September 2011)

Following is from


 Applications in prescribed format along with details of qualification, experience and contribution to profession/ research are invited from Indian Nationals for the regular faculty positions (Professor, Asst. Professor and Lecturer) in Orissa School of Mining Engineering (Degree Stream), Keonjhar. The posts given below shall carry the revised pay and AGP as per notification of the 6th Pay issued by the Government of Orissa.



Asst. Professor


Electrical Engineering



2 (UR 1, ST 1)

Mechanical Engineering



2 (UR 1, ST 1)

Mining Engineering



3 (UR 1, ST 1 SEBC 1)

Electronics Engineering



1 (UR)

Computer Science & Engg



1 (UR)

Civil Engineering



1 (UR)




1 (UR)








1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)

* UR (Unreserved); ST (Scheduled Tribe) ; SEBC (Socially & Economically Backward classes )

* Qualification and experience for regular faculty positions:  AICTE/ UGC norms would be applicable.

Application are invited in the prescribed format (format and other details are available in our website Applicants should enclose two passport size photographs and one A/c payee DD for Rs. 500/- (Rs.100/- for SC/ ST candidates) in favour of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, drawn on any Nationalized Bank, payable at Rourkela. The applicant is required to indicate the post applied for and submit separate application for each post. The applications would be accepted only by Post; No Hand Delivery is acceptable. In-service candidates would have to submit a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the employers at the time of interview. The last date of receipt of application by the undersigned at BPUT, UGIE Complex, Jail Road, Rourkela -769004 is 20.09.2011. Minimum eligibility does not ensure that a candidate will be called for interview and be selected for any post; the decision of the authorities is final. For details please refer to the University website

Principal Recruitment Click here to DOWNLOAD Application Form

August 21st, 2011

Construction time-table for the NISER, IIT and AIIMS-like institutes in Bhubaneswar

Update: As per this news report the 6 new AIIMS-like institutes are scheduled to start the medical colleges  from academic year 2012-13 and hospitals in the year 2013-14.

Following is from a report in Times of India.

With the beginning of construction work of IIT Bhubaneswar (IITBBS) campus on Sunday, work for permanent infrastructure of all three premier central institutes in city fell on track. While work for the campus of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) here started on July 21, infrastructure for AIIMS is at an advanced stage of completion. All three institutes hope their permanent campuses to be functional by 2013.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the IIT campus construction at Aragul village near Jatni on a 950 acre plot of land. IITBBS director, professor M Chakraborty, said the master plan of the campus has been designed to accommodate 10,000 students, 1,000 faculty members and 1,100 non-teaching employees, besides 1,000 out-sourced support staff. The institute also has plans to construct a research park, he said.

The first phase of work, undertaken by CPWD at an estimated Rs 800 crore, would be limited to hosting a capacity of 2,500 students, 250 faculty members and 300 other employees. Chakraborty hopes the institute will shift to its permanent campus by 2013 end or beginning of 2014.

At the already provided budget of Rs 388 crore, IITBBS would construct a main administrative building, lecture hall and classrooms, a laboratory complex, four academic schools (basic science, electrical, infrastructure and mechanical engineering), central workshop and students’ activity centre. The main building is slated to be a six-storey structure and the other schools of four storey each. The hostels as well as the residential quarters are to be seven-storey buildings, Chakraborty said.

Apart from its city campus, the IIT would also set up an innovation centre for climate change on the Puri-Konark coastline, under the School of Earth Ocean and Climate Sciences, the director said.

Construction of the permanent campus of NISER started on a 300-acre site about a month ago, also near Jatni, on July 21. The Rs 457 crore project would include a prayer hall on the hill top, five schools of different specialties, 11 hostels of 200 capacity each, healthcare centre and guest house, said NISER registrar Abhay Naik.

Work for the AIIMS, which started on 100 acres land at Sijua village in May 2010, is at a stage of about 80% completion, sources said. The proposed 978-bed hospital, under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, is supposed to have 15 super speciality and 18 speciality wards.

1 comment August 16th, 2011

Update on the Construction Academy at Gopalpur: L & T to do the training

Following is an excerpt from a report in Pioneer.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Group has been selected for imparting skill development training as part of the capacity building scheme under the State Employment Mission, said official sources, adding that the State Government would sign an MoU with the construction major by the end of August.

… The proposed academy would be operated in the public private partnership (PPP) mode, for which the Government would provide the infrastructure support. The Works Department would be the nodal authority to run the training institute to be set up in the already built-up area on a 20 acre land. The Government has already invested `10 crore for the infrastructure to be handed over to L&T to start the training courses during the current financial year.

2 comments August 11th, 2011

Bikalananda Kar Industrial Training Centre (BKITC) at Salepur, Cuttack to offer a one-year course in sweets technology

Following is an excerpt from Shilp Sampad’s report in Telegraph.

The course has been approved by the State Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training and recognised by the Directorate of Technical Education and Training, Orissa. The department of food technology and biochemical engineering of Jadavpur University, Calcutta, will provide technical support.

“Earlier, sweets making formed a small part of training in food craft institutes, but this is for the first time in the country that an independent course in sweets technology has been introduced.

“Technology will be used right from making sweets to packaging and marketing to reduce cost of production,” said Prasanta Kar, founder of Bikalananda Kar Memorial Trust, which established BKITC.

Applications have already started trickling in and admission is expected to be completed by end of August. The intake capacity has been fixed at 64.

The minimum eligibility for the course is matriculation and the fee is Rs 15,000. However, the trust and the Paschimbanga Mistanna Byabasayee Samitee will also provide full scholarships to poor, meritorious students.

Kar said there are more than 500 types of Oriya sweets and the course would involve training in only 140 types, including 60 varieties from the neighbouring state of Bengal. “We have brought out books on these 140 kinds of sweets. The trainees would be taught making sweets using dairy products as well as agricultural products such as dry fruits, wheat, flour, gram flour and so on,” said Bibhuti Bhusan Patra, principal of BKITC. He added the course would also focus on sugar-free sweets.

The syllabus will cover trade theory such as preservation of food and sweets, process technology (good manufacturing practice), quality control in food processing, food microbiology and contaminants, wastewater treatment, sanitation and hygiene standards, food safety and practical-oriented training.

Talking about the employment prospects, Patra said there is a dearth of skilled labour in the confectionery industry and it would not be difficult for the trainees to secure jobs.

2 comments August 4th, 2011


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