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  • Published 9.01.14
The Kuntala Kumari Sabat Memorial Lecture being delivered by noted litterateur Pratibha Ray

As part of a lecture series of Central University of Odisha, the Kuntala Kumari Sabat Memorial Lecture was organised on January 4 at the main campus of the varsity in Sunanbeda, Koraput. On the occasion, noted litterateur Pratibha Ray delivered the lecture. The programme was presided over by Prafulla Kumar Mohanty, former principal of Ravenshaw University and eminent writer and critic. Surabhi Banerjee, vice-chancellor of the University briefed everyone present about Kuntala Kumari Sabat, the legendary Odia poet of early 19th century, on whom the memorial award is instituted.

The memorial lecture delivered by Pratibha Ray was on the topic “Utkal Bharati Kuntala Kumari: Eka Rahasyavadi Kavyaswara”. She described Kuntala Kumari as the realist poet with the combination of mysticism and spiritualism. “Her mysticism with the combination of reality is incomparable.

Her poetry also dealt with love towards mankind. She always tried to bring sweetness from the world of enmity. She can be described as the nightingale of Odisha,” said Ray while discussing some of the creations of Kuntala Kumari like Prema Chintamani, Anjali, Sphulinga and others. Ray concluded her speech asking for more research to be done on the creations of Kuntala Kumari Sabat. At the event, Prafulla Kumar Mohanty, spoke on “Ethics in literature”. He stressed the need for bringing ethics in literature so that the society can be purified. Prominent literary figures of the Koraput district, faculty members, staff and students of the University attended the event.

Foundation day

Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, celebrated its foundation day with fanfare on January 4. Showcasing their talent, the students had organised an art and sculpture exhibition on the occasion. The artworks spoke volumes about the talent of young artists.

Governor and chancellor of the Utkal University of Culture SC Jamir looks at the artworks of the students. Telegraph pictures

Later, a meeting was organised where governor of Odisha and vice-chancellor of the university S.C. Jamir talked about the importance of discipline of the students and autonomy of the institute. Citing the example that since none of the Odisha varsities featured in the top 10 universities of the country, he asked the staff members and students to mend their ways. Many other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. At the event, the registrar presented the annual report, the newsletter of the university Sanskruti was released, meritorious candidates were felicitated and students showcased dance and music recitals.

Writers’ conference

The eleventh edition of National Writers’ Conference organised by monthly Odia magazine Kadambini took place at KIIT University on January 5. Governor of Assam J.B. Patnaik, who graced the conference, said that Odia literature had more similarity to Assamese literature than Bengali literature and the Jagannath culture has many followers in the Northeast state. He also stressed on the importance of literature in bringing positive change in the society.

Exam rescheduled

First semester examination of the postgraduate department of Berhampur University, which was earlier scheduled on January 10 has been postponed to January 13 and the third semester rescheduled to January 27.

“We postponed the first semester as Samba Dasami that falls on January 10 is a holiday in the university calendar and the third semester exam that was scheduled to commence on January 7 was postponed due to Congress sponsored strike,” said Manmath Padhi, comptroller of examinations. About 1,200 postgraduate students would appear in the examinations.

Keep clean, go green

A weeklong programme by the NSS wing of the Mahila College, Balasore, concluded last week. About 50 students in two wings participated in several events such as cleaning and spreading awareness about sanitation in the adopted villages namely Kalibasti, Christianpada and Chunabhatti and so on. The students besides participating in the yoga and meditation sessions also learnt the techniques of self-defence from the experts.

The students during the camp also took part in sapling plantation. The programme officers Yogamya Sahu and Rikia Zamal coordinated the programme.

Abhijit Dash and Nirlipta Mishra of Image College, Bhubaneswar who won in the senior category of Crossfire 2013, a state-level quiz competition receive the trophy. Telegraph pictures

Quiz competition

Srusti Academy of Management, Bhubaneswar, successfully organised Crossfire 2013, a state-level quiz competition for both higher secondary and undergraduate students. The participation was around 300 students who came from various colleges of Odisha and Jharkhand. After a written test, which was the preliminary round, six groups each from senior and junior group were selected for the final round. Abhijit Dash and Nirlipta Mishra of Image College, Bhubaneswar won in the senior category while Abhishek Singh and Asutosh Sarangi of Stewart Science College, Cuttack, bagged the laurels in the junior category.

Environment talk

To make the students aware about the conservation of environment, the postgraduate department of environmental sciences of Sambalpur University in collaboration with the regional office of the state pollution control board, Sambalpur, had organised a two-day training program where several students of the university participated.

The vice-chancellor of the varsity B.C. Barik inaugurated it in presence of guest of honour P.C. Mishra of National Green Tribunal, New Delhi. Regional Officer of State Pollution Control Board, Hemendra Nath Naik, also attended the training program. Addressing the students, he deliberated on the environment protection acts. He also spoke about the role of the pollution control board in protecting the environment.