The Higher Secondary education, from its existing control in the hand of Higher Education department, will now come under the Mass Education Department in Odisha from the next academic year. The Odisha government declared the same recently, which will be effective from the next year onwards. The Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi has said that the instruction has been carried to the concerned department and they will submit a report regarding the matter in a month by completing all the formalities.
After implementing this move the state government will get additional Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) grants for the development of curriculum and infrastructure in the state. The Education Minister Panigrahi confirmed about this grant in his address to the media. Due to the old plan, the state used to lose almost Rs. 130 crore of funds every year. The Union Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry had advised the state government to segregate the course and conduct higher secondary education under the ambit of Mass Education Department.
However, the plus III education will remain under the administration of Higher Education Department in the state, as it was before. The students will also get benefitted from this move of the government. The government will save valuable money lost every year, due to the previous arrangement of conducting plus II education under the higher education department. It is expected to make the examination and result procedure faster than before in the state and remove pressure on the higher education department.