Digitalisation drive 

A workshop on Digital India was organised at the North Odisha University by the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing in association with the electronics and IT department of the government of India. Over 250 students from the districts of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar took part in the event, the objective of which was to promote the importance of digitalisation in rural sectors of the state.

By Anwesha Ambaly
  • Published 29.09.16
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A workshop on Digital India was organised at the North Odisha University by the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing in association with the electronics and IT department of the government of India. Over 250 students from the districts of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar took part in the event, the objective of which was to promote the importance of digitalisation in rural sectors of the state. Representatives of Digital India, Adyasha Mishra and Brahmananda Rath, spoke about how the scheme works and how students could be an active part of the process. The vice-chancellor of the university, P.K. Mishra, and the deputy speaker of Odisha Assembly, Sananda Marndi, interacted with the students on the topic. A quiz and painting competition on the topic was also held.

Start-up talk

Eminent entrepreneurs interacted with over 1,400 students at an entrepreneurship awareness drive sponsored by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, at the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University (SOA) University on Tuesday. The daylong interaction was inaugurated by varsity vice-chancellor Amit Banerjee, who stressed on entrepreneurship, innovation and incubation, saying India needed fresh ideas to boost economic growth. The activities included talks by entrepreneurs, panel discussions, product exhibition and interaction among students drawn from various institutions. The students got an opportunity to learn how web technologies can be used to run businesses and how to get easy access to venture capital firms.

A delegate speaks on Swami Vivekananda’s spiritual humanism at BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar. Telegraph picture

Spiritual humanism 

The philosophy department of BJB Autonomous College organised a daylong seminar on the spiritual humanism of Swami Vivekananda on the college campus last week. The seminar saw Sukanta Bala talk about the appropriate ways of Vedic chanting. Chief speaker and noted writer  Souribandhu Kar focused on the life and works of Vivekananda, especially his views on Vedanta and the significance of Indian philosophy and culture. Mohammad Nawaz Hassan, the principal of the college, presided over the seminar. The programme was co-ordinated by students Bapi Nayak, Jayahari Tudu and Kashmira Murmu. As many as 120 students took part in the event.

Research advice

A two-day faculty development programme on structural equation modelling for research was organised at the International Management Institute (IMI), Bhubaneswar. The programme was inaugurated by Ramesh Behl, director of the institute, who emphasised on the need to learn and responsibly apply advanced research techniques in the field. The programme covered various multivariate techniques such as confirmatory factor analysis, multiple regression analysis and exploratory factory analysis. The programme saw the participation of senior faculty members and research scholars from XIMB, Utkal, FM University, NIFT, Ravenshaw University, Centurion University of Technology and Management and various other institutions. The programme was conducted in a workshop mode to provide enhanced exposure to the participants. 


and (right) students take part at the tech workshop in Centurion University, Bhubaneswar. Telegraph picture

Tech workshop

On virtual reality and their applications. It also entailed innovative ideas and pitching on product development. There was also a display of in-house projects such as 3D printer, racing cars, quad-copters, bi-planes, which were developed by the students of the varsity. A plantation and cleanliness drive was also organised. 

Sanskrit Divas

The Central University of Odisha celebrated Sanskrit Divas on its Sunabeda campus on September 21, where a special lecture on "Sanskrit: The Foundation of Indian Culture" was organised. Sachidananda Mohanty, the vice-chancellor of the university, presided over the programme and gave the inaugural speech while Raghunath Panda, retired professor and head of department of Sanskrit, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, delivered a special lecture. Panda shared his vast experience in the field of linguistics and stressed the importance of Sanskrit as an ancient language. A special lecture on Rashtra Bhasha Hindi Ki Chunautiyan aur Sambhavanae was also held on Hindi Divas recently.

Soft skills

The Odisha State Open University and Sambalpur Public Library jointly organised a soft skill development and career counselling workshop on their campus recently. More than 100 students attended the workshop and availed training on soft skills development. The students were also trained on how to face interviews and how to present themselves during group discussions. Students of several educational institutions of Sambalpur took part in the workshop. Deepak Behera, Ashok Mohapatra, P.C. Tripathy, A.K. Dasmohapatra and Debendra Mahalik of Sambalpur University provided the requisite training to the students during the workshop. 

Blood donation

Students of Neelashaila Mahavidyala organised a blood donation camp on their campus on September 24. The aim of the programme was to spread the practice of blood donation. There were over 85 students, both boys and girls, and five faculty members who took part in the programme and donated blood. Ninety units of blood were collected. Doctors from the blood bank of Rourkela Government Hospital assisted in conducting the programme. The camp was organised as part of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council recommendation team, of which the vice- chancellor of Burdwan University, Smritikumar Sarkar, was the chairperson.