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Intellectuals in Orissa feel betrayed by Vedanta's backtracking
Digambara Patra | 02 Feb 2011

The authorities from VAL inadvertently failed to understand the higher educational scenario of Kalahandi, says a faculty participant, on mere presumption that the emergence of science education at Kalahandi is yet to be started.

A DAY long conference on “Emergence of Science Education” was organised by the VAL at Langigad on 30th January, which was attended by many intellectuals of Kalahandi and Rayagada districts including the students and faculties of Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna and Rayagada Autonomous College.

The authorities from VAL inadvertently failed to understand the higher educational scenario of Kalahandi, says a faculty participant, on mere presumption that the emergence of science education at Kalahandi is yet to be started. It should be noted that fifty years before Vedanta’s entry in Kalahandi, the people had set up Science College at Bhawanipatna for the development of basic science education in undivided Kalahandi.

The College has achieved CPE rank and Autonomous status and is known now as Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna. The Institution has already produced many luminaries on basic science. For quality science education at degree level, this is one of the best institutions in Odisha.
 
Even the students belonging to the interior zones such as Langigad, Narla, Risida, Karlapada, Dharamgarh, Khariar, Gunupur, and Titilagarh etc, having their degree course in Science from this college and are now posted as scientists/ faculties in various European and Asiatic Science Research Institutes and Universities. So, the validity of another science degree college at Langigad by Vedanta has raised eye brow of Kalahandi intellectuals.

Dr. A.K Nanda thus exhorted a Vedanta University at Kalahandi for quality science education and research or an IISER [Indian Institute of Science Education and Research] or  NISER of Bhubaneswar in the said conference in PPP mode at Kalahandi.
 
While Prof. G.B Behera strongly supported the contention of Dr. Nanda, he added that when Ani Agrawal Foundation is bent upon  to set up a world class University at Puri at the cost of sixteen hundred crores despite objection from various sectors, what harm is there to inaugurate a University at Kalahandi at the cost of one thousand crore.

The faculties and student participants supported the argument and proposal of Dr. Nanda and Prof. Behera.  Prof, A. K Pujari [Vice – Chancellor of Sambalpur University] who was the chief guest of the occasion too stressed on the need of a University at Kalahandi. Yet, Vedanta authorities seem to have made its mind to set up a basic science degree college at Langigad.