Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In view of the restrictions imposed on self financing courses, the authorities of Utkal University have reportedly decided to close the second campus of the varsity in Jajpur.

Even though the varsity administration is yet to make any official announcement regarding the development, there is unlikely to be any new admission in the second campus of the varsity at Chandikhole in Jajpur district from the coming academic year, said sources. 

As per reports, it has been decided to stop new admission of students at the rural campus as only 20 per cent of total students of the university are allowed for the self financing courses according to the revised guidelines by the State Higher Education department. However, the courses will continue as usual for old students.

Earlier a day before, hundreds of B.Sc nursing students had staged a demonstration on Utkal University campus in Bhubaneswar over lack of basic facilities at the second campus of the varsity at Chandikhole in Jajpur district.

The students blocked the road by shutting the main gate and later sat on a dharna in front of the vice-chancellor’s office. They alleged that they are being deprived of clinical education even after three years of taking admissions.

The B.Sc nursing course at the second campus in Chandikhole is being managed by Shrusrutam Charitable Trust. However, students have been demanding that Utkal University authorities should take over the management of the course.