|OUAT Bill passed|
Bhubaneswar, Aug 23, 2011
The Assembly passed a Bill amending the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology Act, 1965. The amendment enables OUAT to accord affiliation to institutions in the private sector for imparting education in agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, forestry and allied sciences.
Allaying fears of the Opposition members that private players keen to establish professional educational institutions under OUAT are only interested in getting Government land free of cost, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy assured the Assembly that the interests of the State would be first and foremost while framing rules under the Act.
While students are keen to take admission in the constituent colleges of OUAT, the existing intake capacity is limited. The university has received about 12,000 applications for admission into various courses while the total number of seats available in the colleges of agriculture, agricultural engineering, fisheries, veterinary science and home science is 608.
Many private organisations have evinced interest to set up institutions to provide quality education in agriculture and allied sciences. This will benefit the State which is based on agrarian economy, the minister added.