BHUBANESWAR: The state government has approved its decision to establish Kalahandi University at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district. The higher education department has issued a notification regarding this on Wednesday.
“The state government hereby alters the territorial jurisdiction of Sambalpur University by establishing a new university called Kalahandi University at Bhawanipatna with effect from the date of publication of this notification in the Odisha Gazette,” said the notification.
On February 16, chief minister Naveen Patnaik during his Kalahandi visit had announced to give unitary university status to Bhawanipatna Government Autonomous College.
“We are happy for the university, but why the state government declared it a few days before the state goes for polls. We had demanded a university in Kalahandi district eight years ago, but they announced it now keeping the election in mind,” said Bhakta Das, senior Congress leader from Bhawanipatna.