KIIT, 3 Other Universities in Odisha get UGC Autonomy

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar: In a historic development, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar and three other higher education institutions in Odisha have been accorded full autonomy by the University Grant Commission (UGC) on Tuesday.

Apart from KIIT, three other higher education institutions in the state, which were granted autonomy by the UGC, include Cuttack based National Law University, Bhubaneswar based Utkal University and SOA University.

The UGC granted autonomy to a total of 60 higher education institutions, which have maintained high academic standards, from across the country.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar made this announcement in New Delhi yesterday. He said, out of 60 institutions, five are Central Universities, 21 State Universities, 24 deemed, two Private Universities and eight colleges, which have been granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation.

Javadekar, in a media brief, explained that these universities will remain within the ambit of the UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off-campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs.

The institutions will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enrol foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes, said the Minister.

KIIT, founded by Dr. Achyuta Samanta here in 1992, has been a premier educational institution in eastern India. it offers under-graduate and post-graduate courses in Engineering, Bio-technology, Medicine, Management, Law, Computer application, Rural management, Fashion, Film Studies, Journalism and Sculpturing.

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