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Of jobs and activities

Around 12 students of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, landed jobs with two banks during the campus recruitment drive held in June. Out of them, 10 were selected by Federal Bank, Kerala, for the post of probationary officers with an annual pay package of Rs 5.76 lakh per annum. The shortlisted students belong to various departments including Master in Finance and Control, MBA, Integrated MBA and Agri-MBA. The names of the successful students are Nirvan Nanda, Ayesha Pattnaik, Manabendu Mishra, Subhash K.V., Sweekruti Mohanty, Rajat Karwa, Anupama Samal, Smarajit Nanda, Kaustav Banerjee and Prafulla Mahanta. Out of these, some also bagged offers from United Bank of India as risk management professionals during campus placements. “The banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector is one of the most potential employers. To enhance the employability of the students, we would soon come up with a pre-employment training centre on the campus,” P.K. Sarkar, chairman of PG Council, Utkal University, said.

Success story

Two students of the Asian School of Business Management (ASBM), Institute of BBA, Bhubaneswar, brought laurels to their institution by bagging top positions in the BBA final examination conducted by Utkal University this year. While Priya Sharma secured sixth position, Liva Samal has was placed in the eighth position in the results which were recently published by the varsity.

Japan calling

Amrita Das, a final year postgraduate student of computer science of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, left for Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University (HKGU), Japan on July 25 as an “ambassador of goodwill”. With this visit, she became the first exchange student from Ravenshaw to visit Japan as envisaged in the MoU signed with HKGU on February 28. Amrita would visit the department of bio-recycling of HKGU, Hiroshima. She would stay there for five weeks and work in the area of bio-informatics, which is the application of computational and statistical techniques to biological data processing and analysis. Her airfare, accommodation and a stipend of 700 dollars per month would be provided by the Japanese varsity.

Adventure camp

A team of 20 NSS volunteers and students from Utkal University scaled the 12,500-feet Beas Kund peak in the Himalyan mountains of Himachal Pradesh on July 24. The team that included 10 boys and 10 girls set out for the peak on June 10, and reached the top after trekking 56 km. From Beas Kund, the volunteers returned to the base camp at Solan Nala and started their second adventure tour to the 10,500-feet high Patalsu peak. Before their successful trekking bid, the NSS members had to spent four days and three nights at Dhundi, an on-the-way camp in the mountain range, where the day-time temperature hovered around 6 degree Celsius. They also indulged in a few adventures, including rafting and snow trekking. After five failed attempts, this was the first time that an NSS team from Utkal University successfully scaled the Beas Kund peak. Upon their return, the local Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports felicitated them.

Cultural exchange

A 15-member students’ delegation from Hanseo University, South Korea, arrived at the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, and its ancillary, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) on July 22 on a week’s visit. The visitors took part in activities such as vocational skill training, plantation, teaching Korean language and taekwondo training with KISS students. A tailoring unit would also be set up in Kalarabanka with assistance from Hanseo University. During the programme, the Korean students would learn Odissi dance and English language. More than 500 students from South Korea visit KIIT and KISS every year as a result of an agreement between KIIT University and Hanseo University for academic, student and cultural exchange. This was the fifth trip of the Hanseo students.

New entrants

The orientation programme for freshers of B.Tech course at the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, was organised on the NIT campus on July 21. The purpose of the programme was to familiarise the newly-admitted students regarding the rules, regulations and facilities available at NIT. The freshers were also introduced to the deans, heads of various departments, faculty advisers and other faculty members in their respective departments. Their classes commenced from July 22.

Tagore tribute

The fourth Foundation Day of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, was celebrated on July 22. Besides, IIT was also observing the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore and the ongoing three-month-long Rabindra Pakshya (May 7 to August 7). Rabindra Sangeet exponent and associate professor of music at Calcutta-based Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), Agnibha Bandyopadhyay, performed Tagore’s songs. During his concert, Bandyopadhyay proposed for a student exchange programme between RBU, Calcutta, and IIT Bhubaneswar, and formally invited young technocrats interested or having a flair for classical music, dance, painting and sculpture to visit RBU. Cuttack-based Rabindra Sangeet singer Trupti Panda also performed on Tagore songs in Oriya language. Students, faculty members and other dignitaries attended the programme.

Death anniversary

On July 22, students and teachers of Ramadevi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, observed the 27th death anniversary of freedom fighter, Ramadevi Choudhry after whom the college is named. On this occasion, a puja was performed on the campus and principal Srilekha Ray spoke about the life and struggle of Ramadevi. A blood donation camp was also organised by the college students’ union and junior Red Cross division where 111 units of blood were collected.

Vice-chancellor

Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, got its vice-chancellor on July 18. Prof Rajendra Prasad Mohanty, former professor at the National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, succeeded Prof S.C. Mishra. Compiled by Shilpi Sampad

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