Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly of Odisha on Tuesday passed a resolution proposing reservation for government school students in higher educational institutes in the State.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had introduced the resolution for 15 per cent reservation for State-run school students in the engineering and medical courses in the State.

The CM’s proposal came in the backdrop of recommendation by a High Power Committee suggesting quota for the government-run school students in the State.

It is believed that the new move will help students of government high schools especially in rural belt get better avenues to stay ahead at the national level.

The State Cabinet had last year proposed reservation for students who passed from government schools for admissions into various medical and engineering colleges. The government on January 7, 2021 constituted a High Power Committee for making necessary recommendations in this regard.

The panel headed by Justice A.K. Mishra (Chairperson), retired Judge of Orissa High Court has also five other members Prof. Ashok Kumar Das, Former Vice Chancellor of Utkal University and Former Head of the Laser and Plasma Technology Division at BARC, DMET Prof.(Dr.) C.B.K. Mohanty, B.S. Poonia, IAS, Chairman, CHSE, G. Reghu, IAS, Director, TET and A.K. Nayak, OAS, Joint Secretary to Government, SD&TE Department.