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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Burla will soon undergo a massive transformation under the Odisha government's 5T initiative.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday approved the master plan of the same which aims to increase the students intake in the institute to over 10000 under 24 undergraduate courses.
 
The transformation will create around 27 Centres of Excellence in the institute. The construction work will complete in around five years in three phases and the total expenditure of the revamp project is estimated to be around Rs 2000 crore.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier in Aug 25, 5T secretary directed the Chief Secretary to design a master plan to develop the Varsity in Burla as a Centre of Excellence. According to the master plan, VSSUT will be developed into a Multi-Disciplinary Engineering & Research University and will be at par with the likes of  this the IITs and NITs. 

The Varsity will include as many as seven institutions including the School of Engineering, Skill Development Care, School of Medical Technology and School of Basic Science. 

As per the plan, over 10864 students will study in different institutions where currently 2749 students are enrolled. 24 engineering programmes, over 14 departments, and over 27 Centre of Excellence will be constructed in 7 schools under the major revamp initiative. 

Every school will have classrooms, laboratories, and chambers for professors and galleries. Moreover, the schools will have advanced research centres and laboratory facilities. Several industries will have partnerships with every Centre of Excellence where at least one alumni will remain as a mentor. 

With this, each centre of excellence can act as a state-of-the-art research and consultancy centre for industries and also as a nodal centre for rural and urban development.

CM Patnaik has directed to complete the construction of all smart classrooms by December 2022. The hostel and other general repairs will be completed immediately and the institution will be provided with a 24-hour power supply. The CM also discussed this with the chancellor and professors of the Varsity.

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