Odisha's Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahi recently visited some colleges and was disappointed seeing the lack of knowledge of many students. "The percentage of students from the state succeeding in national and international level is very nominal. While, the success rate of students from other states, particularly in southern India is higher," the minister said. "Its time to think about the sorry state of affairs prevailing in the state and to take steps to produce the best students," he said. "Being the education minister, I am ashamed of the poor state of affairs," he said. He has asked the professors to refurbish the present syllabus for higher education and to design it appropriately so that the students are well prepared to compete at national and international levels. He said there are large scale vacancies in the job market at national and international level. But, the students from Odisha would not be able to compete at levels unless they improve their standards of education. "The college and university authorities should take responsibilities to meet the challenges," Panigrahi said. He also stressed upon changing the teaching method and incorporates a method wherein there is regular interaction between the students and teachers. At the same time, minister asked the teachers to update themselves.