Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Riding on the success of 'Mo School' campaign, the State government today went a step further to connect global Odia alumni to their alma mater in Odisha by rolling out 'Mo College' campaign.

The campaign aims at making the higher education eco-system more organic and innovative.

According to a release by the State government, as many as 755 government colleges and universities including technical and professional institutions are included in  the campaign. A state level governing body and various committees have been set up for its smooth functioning. A corpus fund has also been constituted by the State government to support the movement.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the web portal of the campaign on virtual platform and called upon the Odia alumni across the globe to be a collaborative force in rebuilding their own Institutions in their motherland.

Patnaik said that the State government has been taking steps to enhance the structure and functioning of higher education and the personal contribution of the alumni will have a magical touch to it.

"Mo College would bring similar response for higher education institutions as that of the Mo School," said Patnaik.

The CM further said that the campaign is not limited only to the alumni. Non- alumni philanthropists, charitable organizations, group of persons and institutions can also be part of this initiative.

Speaking on the occasion, Higher Education Minister Arun Sahu described this campaign as a unique experiment to reconnect the alumni for development of the institutions in the State.

"The contribution of our schools and colleges are enormous in our life. So this is the right platform to be a part of the development of the alma mater," said Sahu.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)