Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote to Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Friday asking for his intervention to grant Central University status to Utkal University.
In a letter addressed to the Minister of Education for Oil and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, he wrote: “The University of Utkal, the leading institution, celebrates its 78th Foundation Day today. There has been a long-standing demand from the members of the Odisha academic fraternity to grant Central University status to Utkal University. “
He said that there is a great need to establish a second Central University in the state, especially around Bhubaneswar, which will become an economic and educational center in East India.
“Classifying Utkal University as a Central University would not only serve the needs of students from the coast and east of Odisha, but would also create enormous potential for job creation, industry-academia interface and advanced research in the region ”, he added.