The Odisha government and deemed universities are on a
collision course over the latter’s alleged autocratic functioning.
Minister of technical education, Pratap Keshari Deb expressing
concern in the assembly that the deemed varsities were not functioning in a
transparent manner said that the state has no control over them.
Replying to a question raised by member Karendra Majhi, Deb
said the state only gives a no objection certificate to an institution to apply
for deemed university tag to the Centre. Such institutions function as
autonomous bodies under the UGC Act.
The Centre supervises their functioning. “After
receiving complaints against the deemed universities we have forwarded those to
the Centre requesting action,” Deb said.
The minister said there was no transparency in the mode of
admissions and fee of these campuses. When colleges under Biju Patnaik
University of Technology (BPUT) were admitting students for engineering through
Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) till the last year, the deemed
universities had declined to be part of it.
Since the state has decided to join the national-level
entrance from 2014 (JEE Main), the state government has requested the Centre to
bring the deemed universities under it, he said, reported Times of India.