Himansu Shekhar Rout

A year has passed since Vikram Dev Autonomous College, the oldest one in Koraput, was accorded the university status. 

"Vikram Dev Autonomous College was accorded the university status. Students are you happy,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on February 3, 2023. However, the institution is still beset with multiple problems.

The document processing for land requirements of the university has been pending at the tehsil office. The state government has not gone beyond identifying land and appointing an officer on special duty (OSD), who is acting as Vice-Chancellor. No regular registrar has been appointed as yet.

Most of the posts for teaching and non-teaching staff have not been filled up. The administrative works are still done in the old building. Works related to college affiliation are reportedly incomplete.  

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The district administration has identified a patch of 73.23 acres of land at Randapali, but land transfer to the university has not been completed. 

Spandita Sajal, a student, said, “I have seen the struggle of faculty and staff and the journey of the college to an autonomous college. But many things have to be done for the university.”

OSD of Vikram Dev University, Debi Prasad Mishra said, “The government has provided 73 acres of land at Randapali for the university. The land documents are stuck at the tehsil office. I hope the land will be acquired shortly. The university campus will be shifted there.”  

BJP leader Sudhansu Sekhar Jena accused the government of neglecting the university. "About 70 to 80 colleges are to be affiliated to the university. The work has not been done yet. The statue of Vikram Dev has not been set up. This is very unfortunate.”

Congress leader, Tara Prasad Bahinipati alleged, “The government lacks sincerity to do things on a fast track basis. The progress is not happening as desired.” 
However, Biju Janata Dal(BJD) leader Rabinaryan Nanda observed, “Under the official process, things take time to happen. The land transfer is under process. Affiliation of about 50 colleges has been completed. Many other private and government colleges are to be affiliated.”

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