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Varsity honour for tribal icon
- RU constitutes Chair in the name of late Kartik Oraon, minister daughter feels proud

Ranchi, July 2: Ranchi University (RU) has constituted a new Chair (memorial lecture) in the honour of eminent academic-cum-political leader late Kartik Oraon that was formally inaugurated by governor Syed Ahmed, who also happens to be the chancellor of the varsity, today.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony at Aryabhatta auditorium in Morabadi, Ahmed said there could not be a more fitting tribute to Oraon than a memorial lecture on him by one of the oldest varsities.

“Last October, on the occasion of Kartik Oraon jayanti at his hometown in Gumla, I had asked RU officials to constitute a chair in his name. I am happy that it is finally done,” said Ahmed.

He added that Oraon’s contributions as an academic, social worker, visionary and politician to the Adivasi community and the society at large was well documented in history books.

Wednesday’s inauguration also marked the beginning of a three-day lecture under the new Kartik Oraon Chair for Science and Technology organised by the department of physics.

Pro vice chancellor of the university M. Raziuddin said two renowned professionals would speak on nanoscience and nanotechnology during this three-day lecture.

“We have invited senior IIT-Kharagur professor Tarashankar Pal and RU alumni who is now based in Netherlands R.N. Mishra to shed light on the topics. Next time, we will give another department the opportunity to host this prestigious chair,” said Raziuddin.

Recognising fast technological advancements in current times, governor Ahmed said the scope of nanotechnology was only going to increase in the days to come.

“Just look back three-four years and you would find how things have changed. Small is better is the new tag line of every product now. All these have been possible because of our advancements in nanoscience. The greatest challenge now is to encourage our youths to engage in further research and develop other wings of science,” said Ahmed.

Apart from Ahmed and Raziuddin, state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon, RU vice chancellor L.N. Bhagat, other officials and academics were also present on the occasion.

Though the event was about science and development, it had its emotional moments, too.

Tears rolled down state HRD minister’s eyes, who is the daughter of late Kartik Oraon, as she addressed the gathering. “It is a proud moment for me, not only as a state minister but also as a daughter of a great father,” Oraon kept it short, promising all help to address the larger needs of education.


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