The CET will be upgraded to Odisha University of Technology and Research (OUTR), one of the oldest technical institutes in the state, to provide undergraduate, postgraduate education, PhD and research opportunities in engineering, science and technology. Information technology and its application, architecture and management, training, research, development and expansion.
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Orissa University Technology and Research Act, 2021 A new law will be enacted soon to upgrade the institute. Founded by the state government in 1981 to cater to the growing technological human resource needs in the state, the campus is located on a land area of more than 100 acres in the town of Kalinga Nagar. Although the college was initially established as a component of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), it was later approved by Biju Patnaik University of Technology.
After the cabinet meeting, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said, “OTR will serve as a hub for enhancing cooperation and interaction between the academic and research communities on the one hand and the industry on the other.
OUTR will connect and identify long-term relationships with industry organizations and individual organizations, including MoUs for long-term relationships, to create opportunities for teachers and students to engage in research.
The Chief Secretary said the university would provide opportunities for employment development through entrepreneurial training, special skills training and soft skills requirements by industry.
According to official sources, the University Grants Commission has already given the status of autonomy to the institute in 2001. The status of an unified university was also a long-standing demand of the students.
In another major development, the Cabinet approved the development of Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWN) which helps to improve the efficiency of administration through connectivity. OSWAN provides a backbone of basic information technology that is used to facilitate interdepartmental communication and data sharing between states of information, video and voice traffic.
The Secretary-General said these improvements are needed to meet the latest technology for data, voice and video transmission. It will help state headquarters, 30 district headquarters and 314 block headquarters to increase bandwidth, load sharing and high availability of connections. About Tk 333 crore will be spent for the development of OSWAN.