The committee also opposed other changes suggested in the Ordinance related to appointment of VCs, scrapping of senate and repealing of Ravenshaw University Act.
Conducted by Ministry of Human Resources Development, the NIRF-2020 ranking puts Utkal at 96th position. It is also the only state university to figure in the list this year.
Mahapatra was the first person in the country to introduce teaching of South East Asia as a regular course in a varsity.
Faculties from foreign universities are also being invited to the university for teaching in various departments.