World Bank to assist Odisha in Higher Education reforms

Bhubaneswar: A blueprint for reforms in Higher Education in Odisha has been prepared and World Bank will be providing assistance in implementation. A team of World Bank representatives today visited Odisha and reviewed the state of affairs of higher education here.

Notably, efforts are on to bring reforms in 30 colleges of 3 universities in the State. In this regard, the World Bank representatives held discussions with the officials of the Higher Education department, and chancellors of universities today. Higher Education minister Pradip Panigrahi also presented a report on the higher education infrastructure before the World Bank representatives.

“We are committed to help. The Odisha government has requested the Central government in this regard,” informed World Bank’s senior education specialist Kurt Larsen.

“In the first phase, there are plans to establish centre of excellence at 3 universities including 30 colleges. Moreover, we have discussed on issues like quality of governance, financial management and reformation,” said Panigrahi.