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BHUBANESWAR | Monday, July 12, 2010 | Email | Print | | Back PIL filed as higher education in a shambles in Balangir Pioneer News Service | Balangir

BHUBANESWAR | Monday, July 12, 2010 | Email | Print | | Back

PIL filed as higher education in a shambles in Balangir

Pioneer News Service | Balangir

After the sorry state of primary education, it is the same state of affairs with higher education in Balangir due to shortage of lecturers and non-appointment of principals.

Seeking appointment of lecturers and principals in different colleges of the town to impart higher education to students properly, PIL has been filed in the Odish High Court by general secretary of the All Kosal Students’ Union Dolamani Pradhan.

According to the petition, Balangir-based Rajendra College, once the premier higher educational Institution of this entire region, is now in a shambles with vacant posts of lecturers and the principal.

Against the sanctioned posts of 64 lecturers, there are only 22 lecturers now posted in the college. And out of them, two teachers have been transferred and another is on long leave, leaving only 19 teachers in the college, which imparts education to students from the Plus-2 level to that of postgraduation.

The Government Women’s College also suffers the same fate. Against the sanctioned 32 lecturers’ posts, as many as 18 posts are lying vacant. Ironically, at least two posts sanctioned in the department of Economics since last five years has not been filled. Moreover, there is no principal in the college.

The Balangir College, established in 1982, also has a similar situation. Functioning in an old and unsafe building in a daily market, it has only six lecturers against the sanctioned strength of 12.

Besides, the continuous neglect of the second Sanskrit College of Odisha, established in 1908, has pushed it to the verge of closure. The only degree Ayurvedic College of the district also suffers from shortage of lecturers as it now functions with only 12 lecturers against the sanctioned strength of 28. Besides seeking appointment of lecturers, principals in the colleges, petitioner Dolamani Pradhan has sought strict implementation of a transfer policy of lecturers.

The All Kosal Students’ Union general secretary has filed the PIL through advocate Ashis Mishra, urging the HC to direct the Government to take appropriate steps in this regard with a stipulated time.x
BHUBANESWAR | Thursday, July 15, 2010 | Email | Print | | Back

Special drive to boost moong cultivation in Balangir

Pioneer News Service | Balangir

It’s common to find farmers sowing seeds of various crops in order to meet our food requirements, which ultimately leaves the soil dry and barren.

But the pulse crop, moong or green gram takes care of human beings, animals as well as mother earth. It provides natural proteins and other vital minerals which are easily digested and absorbed. Its parts are also used as cattle feed. Cultivation of this crop improves soil health as its roots contain Rhizobium nodules which fix nitrogen in the soil. Although moong dal is a part of common man’s diet and cultivated in large areas of Balangir district, its productivity has been abysmally low.

According to official sources, cultivation of pulses was taken up in 70,835 hectares in the kharif season in 2008 which rose to 74,733 hectares in 2009. We have planned to cultivate 76,000 hectares during the Kharif season this year, informed an official.

Moong or green gram cultivation was taken up in 36,185 hectares of land in 2008, which rose to 38,750 hectares in 2009. We have planned to cultivate 39,000 hectares during the Kharif season this year, he added. However, even as moong cultivation is taken up in many areas of the district, the production has been quite low. Thanks to less use of fertilizer, cultivation in marginal land and absence of improved practices.

To boost moong production in the district, a special drive under the Accelerated Pulse Production Programme (APPP) has been taken up in 2,000 hectares of Agalpur and Balangir blocks where farmers would be provided with critical inputs besides seeds of improved variety, informed an official. Besides increasing the production, this crop is going to enhance the soil fertility of the cultivated land while providing nutrition items at the doorstep simultaneously, added an official here.
BHUBANESWAR | Friday, July 23, 2010 | Email | Print | | Back

Paddy crop to suffer if Balangir doesn’t receive enough rain

PNS | Balangir

Hundreds of farmers of Balangir district and elsewhere in the State are a worried lot as Monsoon rain plays hide-and-seek with them, bringing agricultural operations of paddy and other crops to a virtual grinding halt.

Balangir district recorded an alarming 67 per cent deficient rainfall in June, receiving only 69 mm rainfall against the normal 217mm. However, in July, although the rainfall is so far 220 mm, it is much behind the average 338 mm for the month.

If one goes by the average rainfall, it would not give a clear picture. The weekly rainfall received and its analysis is most important. In the first week of July, the district got 66 mm of rainfall and in the next week 125 mm. However, in the third week, only 22 mm of rainfall was recorded.

Transplanting and Beushaning operations of paddy crop have been withheld due to the absence of the required rain. Unless there is rainfall within next seven days, there would be moisture stress of paddy field and subsequent wilting of the plants, explained an official here.

Kharif paddy was targeted to be taken up in 1,88,300 hectares in the district, while cultivation has been undertaken in 1,08,000 hectares. Unless there is adequate rainfall within next seven days, the situation could be worse, pointed out president of Zila Krushak Mahasangha Sudhir Parischha

However, in this backdrop, cultivation of non-paddy crops like cotton, maize, groundnut and pulses have been taken up in 68,000 hectares.
BHUBANESWAR | Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | Email | Print | | Back

Farmers’ training on e-pest surveillance held in Balangir

Pioneer News Service | Balangir

To acquaint farmers with the process of e-pest surveillance a training programme was organised by the district agriculture office at Dhandamunda of Khaprakhol block on Sunday, with 45 progressive farmers of the block attending it.

Expert Gagan Bihari Bhol spoke e-pest surveillance of Kharif 2010 while DK Pradhan dwelt on integrated pest management, Hemsagar Majhi on integrated disease management and Gouri Nanda on the methodology of survey. Horticulturist of Patnagarh BK Pattnaik also attended the programme.

The training was also aimed at acquainting the farmers to take advantage of the electronic media for information about pest attack and management methods so that after getting the report of pest attack, quick steps can be taken to minimise crop loss due to pest attack in paddy cultivation.

The progressive farmers would receive pest advisory direction from the Odisha University of Agriculture and technology (OUAT) and pass on the message to their fellow farmers of his area. The e-pest surveillance project is operating in Balangir district for management of major pests and diseases of paddy. The detailed advisory would go to the District Agriculture Officer (DAO), who would implement it through the extension functionaries, said an agriculture official.