Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Accepting shortage of Odia faculty members in universities of the State, Higher Education Minister Ananta Das today informed that Professor posts in Odia departments are lying vacant in five varsities.

Replying to a query from BJP legislator Dilip Ray in the Odisha Assembly, the Higher Education Minister said out of the eight government-run universities, which have Odia departments; Utkal University, Fakir Mohan University, Gangadhar Meher University, Ravenshaw University and Rama Devi Women’s University are running without an Odia faculty professor at present.

Besides, there are no Odia faculty members in Gangadhar Meher University and Rama Devi Women’s University, the minister stated.

“The universities have been asked to take necessary steps to fill up the vacant faculty posts in the Odia department,” the Minister said.