Orissa has initiated moves to reform its higher education system, thanks to National Knowledge Commission (NKC) initiative.
The Higher Education department has moved to set up two committees in this regard.
Madhu Sudan Padhi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Higher Education has moved for setting up the committees to take up reforms of the existing universities.
There are 7 universities under the administrative control of the Higher Education department.
As per guidelines of NKC, in order to bring reforms in the existing academic and examination system, Vice Chancellor of Utkal University will be assigned the job.
NKC has advised the State Governments to ask the universities to revise or restructure curricula at least once in 3 years.
Secondly it has said that annual examination, which tests memory rather than understanding, needs to be supplemented with continuous internal assessment.
NKC proposes a transition to a course credit system where degrees are granted on the basis of completing a requisite number of credits from different course, which provides students with choices.
Universities must become Hub of Research, which is totally absent, said a senior officer.
These are the few guidelines and including others on which the VC committee will prepare the "blueprint" for reforms, said he.
Another committee headed by the Secretary Higher Education will look into to structural reforms including governance, setting up small universities and restructuring the under graduate colleges.
Both the committees will present their report by 15 February, which will form the part of the Blue Print for the state, said he.