Orissa does not have a higher education policy and over 95 per cent of the department’s annual budget is spent on salaries of teachers and other university and college staff. The state government, which admitted to these facts on Saturday, decided to set up a task force to deal with the problems in higher education and come up with a concrete roadmap.
“We want to revamp the higher education system and chalk out a five-year plan. We have asked vice-chancellors of all universities, technical and management institutes along with academicians for suggestions,” higher education minister Debi Prasad Mishra said. “We are also planning to come up with a deliverable framework for 2020.”
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