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Demand for techies in state

Sambalpur, Dec. 14: Governor M.C. Bhandare today urged the outgoing students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Burla, to transform Odisha into a developed state by “taking advantage of the massive industrialisation process”.

Bhandare, who is the chancellor of state universities, was addressing the fourth convocation ceremony of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) today.

“We have been blessed with huge deposits of mineral, we have also plenty of human resources, yet we have not achieved the desired development. It is a great challenge to turn things in our favour. We have to first get rid of poverty and illiteracy,” he said.

He appealed to the university authorities to stress on building a strong academic foundation and simultaneously strive to develop the personality of students and make them aware of their social responsibility.

Former chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and chairman-cum-managing director of Textron India, Nalini Ranjan Mohanty, graced the programme as chief guest. He talked about setting up more engineering colleges. “Private participation for establishing more tech colleges is, no doubt, encouraging. But it must be ensured that those colleges are well-equipped with modern technical labs and motivated faculty members,” he said.