Bhubaneswar: Odusha government decided to enhance the tenure of university vice chancellor to 4 years from 3 years. It has also enhanced the maximum age to 67 years from 65 years.

“This provision will provide ample opportunity to the Vice-Chancellors to bring in long term changes and improvement in University functioning”, said chief secretary Asit Tripathy while briefing the media about cabinet decision.

“Its decided to reconstitute the Committee for selection of Vice-Chancellor of a University by including a nominee of the State Government (an Academician) in place of the member selected by the Syndicate so as to make the State Government a stakeholder in selection of Vice-Chancellors.”

“It’s further decided to assign the responsibility of selection of teachers for the University to Odisha Public Service Commission and recruitment of non-teaching employees to State Selection Board in order to prevent collective wastage of resources of the Universities.”

” Some of the existing provisions of the said Act have lost their relevance in the present context. The State Cabinet has been pleased to approve the proposal for amendment of the Odisha Universities Act, 1989.”

“Over the years, it is found that the Senate has become more of an ornamental body with real authority being exercised by Syndicate. It is, therefore, decided to do away with the concept of Senate and restructure the Syndicate for smooth academic and administrative functioning of the Universities.”