Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Will UCE get its Golden Jubilee gift?

BHUBANESWAR: As the University College of Engineering, Burla, gears up to celebrate its golden jubilee on October 14, the alumni association has reiterated its demand to convert it into a centre of excellence and sufficient funds for infrastructure development.

Association president Sarat Kumar Mohanty, a student of the first batch, demanded inclusion of the college in the list of probable institutes which the Centre proposes to convert into Indian Institute of Science Engineering and Technology・These centres will enjoy the status of IITs.

The college continues to be a victim of Government apathy despite the fact that its students have stamped their recognition the world over. As a result, other institutes which came up much later marched ahead eclipsing the college痴 illustrious records.

Funds crunch remains a major constraint for the college development. While centres like National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, get an annual grant of Rs 40 crore UCE manages to get Rs 5 crore.

溺ore than half the money goes into paying salaries and meeting other expenses. Hence the college should get a one-time grant of Rs 40 crore to meet its increasing requirements,・Mohanty stressed.

The Government should also hand over 300 acre of surplus land lying beside the college and two acres in the Capital for establishment of an extension centre of the college. The centre, among others, would house a placement cell where employers can pick up students directly without having to visit the campus at Burla.

The institute also has plans to add new programmes in the golden jubilee year.

Those are mineral resources and environmental science, biomedical engineering and power plant engineering. Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat would attend the function at exhibition ground here as chief guest.

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