Pradeep Pattanayak

Odisha government’s ‘Nua O’ programmes currently being organised in colleges & Universities continue to draw flak from students for their alleged inappropriate timing and irrelevance to their career prospects. 

The students have been opposing the ‘Nua O’ programme on their college and university campuses. The students of Gangadhar Meher (GM) University in Sambalpur recently were miffed after the examinations of the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate programmes were postponed allegedly to facilitate the ‘Nua O’ programme. Similarly, the students of Rajdhani College in Bhubaneswar opposed the ‘Nua O’ campaign on their college campus.  Today, some students expressed their resentment openly. 

“We were first told that ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha’ would feature career-related discussions. We were elated. On that day, our classes were suspended. We attended the programme to hear something valuable for our career. However, instead of any discussions relating to our career, the programme featured film song and dance performances.  What is this?” asked Lipi Behera, a student. 

Echoing her words, another student Manasi Sonbag alleged, “We have nothing to do with the programmes under ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha’. What we need is perfect classrooms and adequate lecturers. These songs and dances won’t help our career.”

However, some students came out in support of the programmes organised under the ‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha'.

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“In my opinion, if students focus only on studies, how their creativity will develop? To refresh our minds, extracurricular activities are required. It (‘Ama Odisha Nabin Odisha’) is a good initiative of the state government," observed Manasirani Mohanty, a student of Bikramdeb College. 

Another student Subhashree Gantayat seconded Manasirani and said, “A student should handle all kinds of pressures. We can’t set aside other programmes for our examinations.”

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