BHUBANESWAR: The upper schooling division on Wednesday requested the Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Company (OPHWC) for organising of a upkeep unit in every college to take up day-to-day upkeep work of the college infrastructure/services.

Based on the state authorities’s choice taken final yr, OPHWC has been designated as the only govt company for all infrastructure works of the 13 state public universities coming below the upper schooling division. Accordingly, the colleges have assigned various infrastructure works to OPHWC in future.

Nonetheless, an space which frequently stays uncared for in these universities is the day-to-day upkeep of college infrastructure and services. “As college infrastructure and services develop bigger yearly, the colleges face a whole lot of difficulties in holding their ever-increasing infrastructure and services well-maintained. Because of this, we request the company to arrange a upkeep unit in every of those universities for upkeep of college infrastructure and services,” mentioned larger schooling division secretary Saswat Mishra in a letter to OPHWC.

He mentioned the upkeep unit ought to comprise of appropriate manpower equivalent to electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason and water pump operator-cum-mechanic. The Upkeep Unit needs to be housed contained in the college campus and the establishment will present an acceptable place for this. The college can pay OPHWC for bills of working the upkeep unit which can comprise manpower and materials price, he added.

“As universities at the moment are having very giant infrastructure with a number of services, this upkeep unit for day-to-day routine upkeep work will go a great distance in correct upkeep of the college infrastructure/services. Due to this fact, I might request you to do the needful on this regard on the earliest,” mentioned the division secretary within the letter to OPHWC.

In the meantime, the upper schooling division has urged the works division to undertake infrastructure improvement work for the proposed Odia College at Satyabadi in Puri district. “The architectural plan and design in respect of the proposed Odia College has not been obtained but from the chief engineer, Buildings, Odisha authorities, for which additional progress on the matter couldn’t be made,” mentioned Mishra.

He additional requested the works division to look into the matter and take applicable steps for early submission of architectural plan and design in line with the proposal of the upper schooling division.


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