Exclusion of elective subjects: Plus 3 students peeved at Utkal Varsity decision

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Bhubaneswar: The lop-sided decision of the Utkal University to exclude some selective subjects from the elective list has evoked stiff resentment among the Plus Three First Year students.

In a letter to the principals of all Plus Three affiliated colleges under Utkal University and Director DDCE on December 5 this year, Controller of Examinations, Pradip Behera has informed that as per the decision taken in the Software Development Committee meeting on November 23 this year, subjects like Education, Sociology and Anthropology will be excluded from the elective list for the Plus Three First Year Arts and Mathematics will be excluded from the elective list for the Plus Three First Year Science curriculum.

He has said that subjects like History, Political Science, Economics, Odia, Sanskrit and Geography will be the elective for the Plus Three First Year Arts while Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology will be the elective subjects for the Plus Three First Year Science.

Behera has asked the concerned college principals and Director, DDCE to take necessary steps to complete the elective subjects recommended by the University within six months through extra classes.

However, the students have taken strong exception to the unilateral decision of the University. Protesting the decision, students of Bhairabananda College at Chandikhol today staged demonstration urged the University authorities to consider their decision which, they said, was grossly unfair.

“The Utkal University authorities have decided to exclude subjects like Education, Sociology and Anthropology from the elective list when half of the courses of these subjects have already been completed. Now that the University has decided to exclude these three subjects after six months, how we will be able to cope with other elective subjects as we have no time?” Sritam Prusty, a Plus Three First Year Arts student of Bhairabananda College, asked.

Talking to media persons, Snehalata Nayak, principal of Bhairabananda College, said half of the courses in Education, Sociology and Anthropology have already been covered. “The students are now preparing to appear in the examination on these elective subjects. But now the University has decided to exclude these subjects from the elective list, the students have vehemently protested and submitted me a memorandum addressed to the University authorities,” she pointed out.

Not agreeing to the decision of the University, well-known educationist Pritish Acharya said how is it possible for the students to choose a new elective subject when they have already covered half of the courses of these three elective subjects. “I don’t think that by taking extra classes of the new elective subjects, it will not benefit the students in any way. “After all, why the students will be held responsible for the mismanagement on the part of the Utkal University who should have taken the decision at the beginning of the academic session,” he pointed out.

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