BHUBANESWAR: The state government has issued show-cause notices to 25 technical institutions, including a university, for encroachment of government land in and around the state capital or for occupying agriculture land without converting them to non-agricultural type.
The employment, technical education and training (ETET) department, in the notices issued on Saturday, asked the institutions to reply within 15 days. They are asked explain about 'the irregularities committed in violation of revenue laws of the government, misrepresenting facts and submitting false affidavits before the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) regarding status of land'.
According to norms, the institutions were supposed to have deposited documents in support of ownership of the land occupied by them before the AICTE while seeking its approval for opening new courses.
The government asked them to produce documents, showing land ownership in their name and land use certificate permitting them to be used for educational purposes.
ETET secretary Chandra Sekhar Kumar said the step follows reports from the revenue and disaster management department about the irregularities. "Further action against the violators will follow. A compliance report will be submitted to the revenue department," he said.
The revenue department had pointed out that 16 technical institutions in Jatni, Balianta and Bhubaneswar tahasil encroached 86.5 acre government land. Fifteen institutions occupied agricultural land without converting them to non-agricultural type in tune with provisions of Orissa Land Reforms Act, 1960. Some institutions were accused of both grabbing the government land and also not converting agricultural land to non-agricultural purpose.
The encroachers who got notice included Centurion University (14.815 acre), Vivekananda Institute of Technology (8.540 acre), Bhubaneswar Engineering College (3.855 acre), Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (1.270 acre), CV Raman Engineering College (1.830 acre), Gandhi Institute for Technology (3.950 acre), Ekalavya College of Technology and Science (3.515 acre), Synergy Institute of Technology (0.120 acre), Eastern Academy of Science and Technology (0.290 acre), Shibani Institute of Technical Education (1.961 acre) among others.