Khalikote Junior College being shifted to Binayak Acharya High School in Berhampur, Odisha

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Berhampur, Nov 25: The Khallikote Junior College, which is now functioning from the building of the Khallikote Autonomous Degree College here, will be shifted to Binayak Acharya High School here. The government has approved the district administration’s proposal in this regard.

The government has also approved to spare space for construction of boys and girls hostels for the college at Old Berhampur Municipal and Aska Road Girls High School respectively. This was informed by the Ganjam district education officer (DEO) Sanatan Panda.

After inspection of the sites in July, the district administration had appealed to the school and mass education department for alienation of land for the construction of the new building for the junior college. The land issue may not pose a problem as all the junior colleges in the state are coming under the school and mass education department. The junior college principal, Bibekanand Panda, however, said they have not received any information regarding approval of the site for the new building of the college. Earlier the district administration had identified six acres at Ambapua, 10 km from here, for the new campus of the college. But the decision was changed when people and different students’ organizations opposed the proposal.

The government has sanctioned Rs 5 crore and Rs 16 crore for construction of the new building of the college and two hostels respectively, said the college principal. The junior college is now functioning from a building of the Khallikote autonomous college after government separated it from the degree college in 2007. As the building has shortage of rooms to conduct classes for around 3,000 students, most of the theory and practical classes are held in the degree college.

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Moreover, Khallikote College would require more space after it was upgraded into the cluster university, official sources said. The university requires 40 acres. At present, the autonomous college is spread over 22 acres, including the land of junior college and its stadium. This was said by Manmath Padhy, vice-chancellor, Khallikote university. District administration has provided a patch of 20 acres at Palur hill near here for construction of the administrative building of the university.  

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