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The state government plans to set up a health university to streamline health education and management in the state. Health and family welfare minister Damodar Rout made this announcement while addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, on December 4. “The Centre and the state government have also proposed to set up four more medical colleges in Odisha in a collaboration. We have proposed to give regional status to the Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre, Cuttack,” said Rout, adding that while Odisha had only three medical colleges, Andhra Pradesh had 22. The state government has also decided to set up a 100-bed delivery ward in each of the 30 district headquarters hospitals and has sanctioned Rs 17 crore for each of the wards. “Kalinga Hospital in Bhubaneswar is interested to open a medical college. We will shortly take a decision on that,” he said. The MKCG Medical College was set up in 1962 and the hospital started functioning in 1966. Several activities have been organised on the campus as part of the college’s golden jubilee celebrations. The special attraction of the evening was a performance by Prince Dance Group, which enacted Krishna’s acts with a touch of creativity and splendid choreography.

People’s power

The Asian School of Business Management, Bhubaneswar, organised a national human resources conclave, “Unleashing the Power within People - the HR Way”, on December 8. Various technical sessions on human resources were conducted in the conclave. Director of Deloitte Talent Sourcing S.V. Nathan, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said gratitude, attitude and purpose were necessary traits in a successful manager. The vice-president of human resources at Aditya Birla Group, Dilip Mohanty, also spoke on the occasion. “Retention of good talent is a major challenge faced by the human resources fraternity in the present day,” he said.

Welcome in style

The Air Hostess and Hospitality Academy, Bhubaneswar, conducted the ‘Intro Night’ for its freshers’ batch on November 24. The newcomers were given a platform to exhibit their talent through participation in an array of challenging and fun activities, including a ramp show. A week later, the students took part in a parasailing event on the Sainik School ground. Attached to a specially-designed parachute (parasail), each student was towed behind a jeep. As the vehicle gathered speed and pulled ahead, the parasail opened up, launching each participant into the air as others watched in awe.

Scholarships

Ten students, five each from the Biju Patnaik University of Technology and the KIIT University, received the Posco-T.J. Park Foundation Scholarship on November 27 at an event organised in Bhubaneswar. The students from the BPUT, who were awarded, are Partha Sarathi Mohapatra, Smaranika Swain, Jyoti Prakash Mishra, Sayari Das and Subhrangini Mishra. From KIIT University, Arnab Ray, Chandresh Kumar Mahajan, Rohit Kumar Rastogi, Ruchi Kumari and Apoorva Sharma were felicitated. The scholarship is being awarded to meritorious students every year since 2006. Chairman and managing director of Posco India Y.W. Yoon said despite obstacles and delays in the last seven years, the company was “determined to move ahead and construct a world-class steel facility for the benefit of all its stakeholders”.

Recognition

Anil Kumar Mahapatra, a professor in the political science department of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, has been nominated to receive the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) Fellowship. The British Council recommended his name for the fellowship. As a part of the fellowship programme, he will join the University of Oxford’s school of interdisciplinary area studies as a visiting fellow to conduct research on its contemporary South Asian studies programme till December 20.

New particles

Scientists working on the “God Particle” (the Higgs Boson) are hopeful that more new particles might show up at the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research or Cern which might lead to the discovery of super-symmetry and dark matter, said scientist Durga Prasad Roy. Speaking at a colloquium, ‘Why Large Hadron Collider?’, at the Centre of Excellence in Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences of the Siksha O Anusandhan University, Roy explained how the Large Hadron Collider was specifically designed to search for physics signals beyond what had been already observed experimentally. As the first landmark discovery, the Large Hadron Collider at Cern had already identified the Higgs boson signal, which is popularly known as the “God Particle”, he said.

Scientific discussion

The 2012 Inter-Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences kicked off at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, on November 26. More than 400 academics and researchers from 50 countries are participating in the event, which is regarded as the “world’s most important meet of anthropologists”. “Children and Youth in a Changing World” is the focal theme for this year’s meet of the union, which is being held in the country for the first time. Governor M.C. Bhandare inaugurated the event, which is being organised jointly by the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences’ Commission on Children, Youth and Childhood, the Centre for Children Studies and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar.

Celebrating maths

A two-day national workshop on differential equation and applications was organised at the Institute of Technical Education and Research, Bhubaneswar, on December 2 to observe the 125th birth anniversary of legendary mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan. Speakers paid tributes to Ramanujan, in whose honour the current year is being observed as the National Year of Mathematics. Ramanujan was much ahead of his time as nobody could understand his views, said eminent mathematician Gokulananda Das. Academics from various institutes also spoke on the occasion.

Moot court

The inaugural ceremony for the India South Rounds of the 17th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition was organised at National Law University, Odisha, in Cuttack during November 22-24. Students of about 11 law institutes took part in the competition. President of Orissa High Court Bar Association Jayant Das was the chief guest for the inaugural event. He said law students must make the best utilisation of the legal profession to protect nature and develop in themselves and others a “social conscience”.

Press Day

The centre for journalism and mass communication in the Central University of Odisha, Koraput, celebrated National Press Day by organising a seminar on November 16. Pro vice-chancellor of the university Y. Narsimhulu spoke on the importance of ethics in the profession of communication. Warning students about the misuse of social media, he said there should be a movement to form a national media and communication policy. Apart from faculty members, a few students – Snata Mohanty, Manisha Kumari Jain, Deepchand Bihari and Jayanti Buruda — also lectured on the occasion.