BPUT Act amendment bill in coming session: Min

Bhubaneswar: In an attempt to revamp the Biju Patnaik University and Technology (BPUT), the State Government is readying to amend the BPUT Act-2002 in the next Assembly session. This was informed by Minister for Employment, Technical Education and Training (ETET) Pratap Keshari Deb.
 
“We will place the draft proposal to amend BPUT Act-2002 before the next cabinet meeting for approval. After it gets cabinet nod, we’ll put it in the coming Assembly session,” Deb said.
 
According to officials, the amendments are aimed to speed up the examination procedure and publishing of results as per to pre-announced timeline. It also aims at strengthening the functioning of BPUT and create a non-negotiable academic calender of the institute.
 
The draft proposes introduction of pro-chancellor’s post in the lines of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) which will be occupied by the ETET minister. The post at OUAT is reserved for the state agriculture minister. 
 
“It has been suggested that the (ETET) minister should be made the pro-chancellor, since he/she has an important role in the functioning of the BPUT,” an official said.
 
Among other major changes, it has been proposed to replace senior professors with administrative officials as registrar of the institute. The draft plan has proposed to reduce the BPUT vice-chancellor’s term from five years to three.
 
“Since it has become a challenge for BPUT to publish results meeting the timeline, for which the students are losing chances for higher studies, the amendment is inevitable,” said an educationist.