Bhubaneswar:The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, has urged the union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar to intervene and direct the AICTE to remove the ‘No Admission’ notice issued to two of the state-owned diploma institute in the state.

The AICTE has placed two government polytechnic institutes at Berhampur and Parlakhemunid under ‘No Addmission’ category for the academic session 2018-19 citing ‘shortage of regular faculty’ and ‘non availability of qualified principals’.

“In view of larger interests of Odisha and youths’ aspiration to pursue diploma education the AICET should restore the extension of approval for full strength of both the insitutute,’ the chief minister has said in his letter to the union minister.

Seeking personal intervention of the union HRD minister in the matter, Patnaik has stated, “In this regard, it is stated that AICTE has already been apprised of the steps taken by the state government for recruitment of lecturers. Pending completion of the recruitment process, adequate number of guest faculty have been engaged in the above institutes for smooth and sustained curricular activities. That apart, the statutory procedure with regard to the appointment of principals in government polytechnics is followed as per the cadre rules of polytechnic lecturers framed under the provision to Article 309 of the Constitution of India.”

“I understand many other states are also following the same procedure keeping in view the promotional interests and career progression of their Polytechnic Lecturers. Given the huge investment made by the state in terms of land, building and other infrastructure, depriving the polytechnics of admission on such grounds would be highly detrimental to the interests of the youths of the state,” he wrote.

In the letter, the CM said that the decision of AICTE will be harmful to the interests of students aspiring to pursue diploma education in Odisha.