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Words of wisdom

The 32nd Orissa History Congress was held at BJB (Autonomous) College from February 26 to 27. About 220 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the two-day event. The meet, which is held every year at different colleges of the state, was held at this premier college after a gap of 10 years. State chief information commissioner Tarun Kanti Mishra graced the occasion as chief guest while professor Kalyan Chakraborty was the guest of honour. Among other guests, K.A.S.M. Ishrat Alam, secretary of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), and Dusmanta Sahoo, principal of the college, were also present. The seminar was marked by a number of paper presentations which covered several technical aspects of ancient, medieval, modern, tribal history and other subjects. On the second day, A.J. Wafky, professor of Dalton University in Georgia, delivered the K.S. Behera Memorial Lecture.

Silicon rally

The Microsoft Dream Spark Yatra - 2011 was organised at the Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar on February 23. More than 700 students participated in the event and interacted with Microsoft student partners on various emerging technologies. The interactive format included demos, quizzes and other competitions on exclusive products such as the Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, Kinect, Internet Explorer 9 and many more. A broad range of professional level software available in both online and offline formats via keys were distributed. In the end, the participants were given DreamSpark Certificates from Microsoft. The event, sponsored by The Telegraph, is an initiative of Microsoft Academics to spread enthusiasm for and awareness about the latest innovations and technology and also acts as a forum to help students to decide about their career path.

Cut and thrust

A two-day symposium on “Head and Neck Aesthetics and Reconstruction - A Multi-Disciplinary Approach” concluded at the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) and Sum Hospital here on Tuesday. Various sessions organised by the IMS, Sum Hospital and Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS) (which fall under Siksha O Anusandhan University) in collaboration with oral and maxillo-facial surgeons of Orissa, saw more than 450 delegates participating. The speakers who presented papers at the symposium included Peter Kessler of the department of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Netherlands, A. Kumaraswamy, consultant, periodontics and oral implantology from Mumbai and Saidul Islam, maxillo-facial onco and microvascular surgeon from Calcutta. While Kessler conducted a live orthognathic surgery during the symposium, Islam also performed a similar operation. “The aim is to expose surgeons, faculty members and students to modern developments, new techniques and methods through presentations, videos and panel discussions, and also to enable surgeons to provide improved care to their patients seeking aesthetic and reconstructive surgery,” said organizing secretary, Shadab Ali Baig. Baig said the most commonly found problems involving aesthetics were associated with burns, soft tissue and bony defects linked to carcinomas and trauma, compromised facial symmetry owing to abnormality in the tempero mandibular joint, cleft lips and palate and abnormal structures of the facial skeleton. The symposium was inaugurated on Monday by well-known cardiologist Dr Kabi Prasad Mishra. Eminent neurosurgeon Sanatan Rath spoke on the surgical procedure to address facial nerve palsy followed by a lecture by Bibhuti Bhushan Nayak, plastic surgery professor at SCB Medical College, Cuttack, on “Management of Facial Burns”. Deepak Vyas, an ayurvedic doctor from Nagpur, talked about naturopathy treatment for facial rejuvenation and Shail Jaggi, department of Conservative, Endodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry, Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune presented a paper on “Challenges of Aesthetic Dentistry”.

Literature on the go

The department of English, Ravenshaw University, organised an international seminar on “Travel Literature and the Novel”, supported by the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Calcutta, on February 26. Around 40 teachers from different colleges and universities in the state along with about 200 students of Ravenshaw participated in the seminar. Regional officer of USIEF, Shevanti Narayan, was also present. The head of the department, Dipti Ranjan Pattanaik, stressed on travel literature as a fascinating new area of research with immense possibilities and suggested possible research questions in the field. There were four paper presentations which were followed by discussions. In his paper, “Paul Theroux's Quarrel with Travel Writing's Turn toward an All-News, All-the-time Journalistic Ethic,” John Cussen of Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, focused on the impact of journalism on the genre of travel writing. Retired professor of Utkal University, Mahajiteswar Das' spoke about “Blinkered Vision of V S Naipaul” while Nilanjana Deb of Jadavpur University, Calcutta, presented her views on “Explorers, Nomads and Strangers: Critical Reflection on Travel and Modernity”. Sujit Mahapatra spoke about the colonial period and how there was the emergence of a new genre of jungle fiction that dramatized these mushrooming jungle travel narratives through his presentation on “The White Man in the Jungle: Travel Writing, Novel and the Empire”. An international traveller and travel writer, Paul Drielsma aka Mahadev from Australia, read out some of his stories written in the course of his travels in Orissa and India.

Tech talk at TITE

Temple City Institute of Technology and Engineering (TITE), Bhubaneswar organised a seminar titled “An Intelligent Co-operative Power Aware Protocol for Cluster Based Sensor Networks” on February 23. On this occasion, Bhubaneswar Mishra, professor, computer science and mathematics at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and Goutam Chakraborty, professor and head of the Intelligent Informatics Lab at Iwate Prefectural University, Japan visited the institute. Chakraborty provided some inputs on value-based education and advised faculty members to go for need-based as well as broad research programmes that aid organisational development. Mishra and Chakraborty inaugurated two computer labs at TITE and interacted with the faculty members and principal Priyadarshi Tripathy, secretary Chitta Ranjan Mishra and vice-chairman Prashant Kumar Mishra. Two days later, Pradeep Dhal, a scientific fellow at Genzyme Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts, visited TITE and inaugurated the chemistry lab in the basic sciences department. He elaborated on how chemistry brings about innovation in the fields of pharmaceutical science and engineering while sharing some of his practical experiences.

Stock taking

Srusti Academy of Management, a Bhubaneswar-based B-school, signed an agreement with National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India, Mumbai, for conducting an NSE-certified capital market professional course. This 100-hour course spanning three to four months aims to enhance the employability prospects of the students. The programme would cover theoretical and practical training in subjects related to capital markets. The successful candidates would be awarded joint certification from NSE and Srusti Academy. The first batch is all set to begin this April. Apart from providing state-of-the-art infrastructure, the institute has tied up with Sankalp Share Brokers, a member of the NSE, to impart practical training online, through a specially designed and NSE approved software.

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