The government of Odisha is planning to introduce significant reforms in higher education from the upcoming academic session. The state government is expected to revise the syllabi of UG courses and is planning to launch uniform syllabus in all state-run universities. If everything materialises as per the plan, the new syllabus will be launched from the next academic session. A model syllabus has been designed as the implementation of the uniform syllabus in all universities might be impossible at the moment.
Apart from the change in syllabus, the government will also bring major changes in the examination and evaluation patterns. The government felt that reforms in examination system are mandatory to ensure on-time graduation of students. On the other hand, the Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG courses in universities will be implemented from the academic session 2020-21.
In November 2017, the government of Odisha constituted five committees headed by Vice Chancellors of different universities. After carrying out a detailed study, the committees submitted their reports and proposed various reforms in higher education. The recommendations made by the committee are under review, and the final decision will be taken by the state government soon.
The government constituted five committees for the following purposes: -
- Fixed academic calendar
- On-time graduation
- Managing examination and assessment in autonomous and degree colleges
- Uniform/ common syllabus
- Common Entrance Test (CET) for PG courses
Recently, the state government convened a meeting to discuss the recommendations. Since there isn’t enough time to introduce CET for PG courses, it will be implemented from next year. During the meeting, it was also confirmed that the UG syllabus will be revised to match the syllabus of National Eligibility Test (NET) and other national-level entrance exams.