Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Demand for KBK central varsity gains momentum: The Pioneer
Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar
All KBK districts are echoing with the demand for a Central University in the region, thanks to the initiative of the intelligentsia in the area. For the last one-week, concerned citizens of the KBK districts have been meeting at different forums raising the demand. Meetings were organised at Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Jeypore, Koraput and Sunabeda, which culminated at a workshop in Koraput on Sunday.
People's representatives, intellectuals and a number of other leading citizens assembled at Koraput to chalk out the future plan. A well-documented presentation of Chitta Baral, professor of Arizona State University was discussed at length over the status of educational standards of the KBK districts vis-à-vis other parts of the State. Organisers like Umi Daniel and Saroj Padhi presented the research document.
Baral, sitting thousands miles away, was able to make an impact on the minds of all the 50 participants at the workshop. Agriculturist Bibhu Mohanty of Jeypore, who improvised Kala Jira Rice in Kalahandi on behalf of the Swaminathan group, highly appreciated the detailed study done by Baral.
Lalit M Patnaik of Agamee Odisha harped on the improvement of the poor standards of higher education in the State.
The meeting decided that crying over the poverty index is bringing shame to the State. So, the Infrastructure of progress should be referred to rather than the poverty index, which in itself is misleading about the progress of the State.
By taking seven sub-sectors of the infrastructure such as transport, energy, irrigation, banking, communication, education and health, one can really compute the composite development index of infrastructure for different districts of the State, said speakers.
Entire KBK districts are echoing with the demand for a Central University, thanks to the initiative of the intelligentsia of the area.
For last one week, concerned citizens of the KBK districts have been meeting at different forums, while raising their demand for a Central University.
Meetings were organized at Malkangiri, Nawrangpur, Jey pore, Koraput, Sunabeda, which culminated at Koraput on July 29.
The people’s representatives,intectuals and a number of leaders assembled here to chalk out the future plan.
A well documented presentation of Professor Chitta Baral of Arizona State University was discussed at length over the status of educational standard of the KBK districts vis-à-vis other parts of the state.
The organizers like Umi Daniel and Saroj Padhi presented the thorough researched document in a lucid manner, which has a long lasting impression on the participants of the workshop.
Prof.Baral sitting thousands miles away was able to make an impact on the minds of all the 50 participants, those who attended the meeting.
Agriculturist Bibhu Mohanty of Jeypore, who improvised "Kala Jira Rice" at Kalahandi on behalf of Swaminathan group, highly appreciated the detailed study done by Prof. Baral.
Lalit M Patnaik of Agamee Odisha harped on the improvement of the poor standards of higher education in the state.
Mr.Patnaik said that “they are not alone rather a large group of intellectuals inside the country and in abroad are behind the struggle to make Orissa the Major Destination of Higher Education”.
The meeting decided that crying over the poverty index is bringing shame to the state.
So the Infrastructure of Progress should be referred rather then the Poverty Index, which in itself is misleading about the progress of our State and it's Districts.
By taking seven sub-sectors of the infrastructure such as transport, energy, irrigation, banking, communication, education and health, we can really compute the composite development index of infrastructure for different districts of Orissa, said speakers in the meeting.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Pioneer: Demand for KBK Central varsity gains momentum
Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar
A meeting to chalk out the future course of action on demand of a KBK Central University was held at Malkanagiri. Local MLA Nimain Sarkar was the convener at the meeting, which was presided by RK Patra, a retired bureaucrat. Over 100 persons of the district, including senior citizens, intellectuals, educationists, journalists and representatives of civil society organisations attended the meeting.
A committee, KBK Bikas Parishad, was formed after the meeting with an aim to look into the various developmental aspects of the most neglected undivided KBK districts. RK Patra was nominated as the convener of the committee while Durga Prasad Tripathy was chosen as the president.
Ratnakar Dash was nominated as the general secretary of the committee. Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Prahallad Dora and MLA Nimain Sarkar were chosen as the advisers of the committee.
The committee alleged that the Central Government cheated the people of tribal KBK districts on many occasions. While it was decided to set up a KBK Central University at Koraput, it is now mysteriously shifted to another State by the order of the Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, the members of the committee alleged. Reiterating the demand for KBK Central University, the members warned of an intense mass movement throughout the State. However, the foundation of the movement will be laid on July 29 at Koraput meeting, which is going to be organised by Agami Orissa.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Meeting at Koraput on KBK Central University on 29th July: A message from Lalit Babu
As per Agami Odisha's action plan decided in the State level meeting on 8th July at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, to-day a meeting was held under the presidentship of sri DK Ray and that the KBK meeting has been scheduled on 29th July ( Sunday). The meeting will be organised at Koraput by our member Shri Sury Padhi ( M-9437011402) and Mr Uma Daniel( M-9437045008) . All are requested to co-operate and participate in the meeting.
People supporting our demand for KBK Central University are requested to assemble in the foothill of Lord Jagannath Temple , Koraput at 11 am on 29th July'07. Undersigned, Dr Santosh Tripathy our General Secy, Miss Satybhama Rath, Mrs Swgata Pattnaik and Mr Dillip Sabat will leave on 28th July'07. Any body interested to leave from bbsr may inform undersigned.
Working President Agami Odisha