Bhubaneswar: Jan 22; Nearly 90 per cent of the colleges in the State have not been accredited to National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Due to this, these educational institutions cannot receive financial support from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) and other Central assistances every year.
Utkal Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (UGSN) president Prahalad Sinha has blamed the State Government for such a sad state of affair in the higher education system.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, he has mentioned several reasons behind the State's backwardness. He has appealed to the CM to work towards strengthening the education system so that all the colleges and universities receive 'A' grade or above from the NAAC.
Out of 97 Government colleges, 2,635 private colleges, 11 State-run universities, three private universities and 37 autonomous colleges, only 72 colleges (53 general degree colleges and 19 engineering and other professional colleges) and three universities have NAAC accreditation in the State.