Tech varsity gets e-learning centre

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated an e-learning centre at the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology at Burla near Sambalpur.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 20.03.17
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Sambalpur University. Telegraph picture

Bhubaneswar, March 19: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated an e-learning centre at the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology at Burla near Sambalpur.

Naveen threw open the state-of-the-art centre during the institute's Diamond Jubilee celebration.

The varsity has constructed a new two-storey building at Rs 10.5 lakh with six halls for the purpose. While two halls have a sitting capacity of 2,000, the others can accommodate 200 to 250 people each. "With the centre becoming operational, we can now simultaneously hold seminars, workshops and classes," said P.C. Swain, chairman of the institute's public relation cell.

Naveen also announced that an incubation and Entrepreneur Development Centre would operate at the institute from this academic session.

The public works department would take over maintenance of the varsity, he said.

Naveen also laid foundation stones for a new boys' hostel, academic block, multi-purpose administrative block-cum-amphitheatre on the occasion.

During his visit to the city, he also inaugurated the Golden Jubilee celebration of Sambalpur University. "Universities should be places where learning should take place with joy," he said.

The chief minister also inaugurated a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in the city in presence of Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmedra Pradhan.

Pradhan said Naveen should have stayed at the function for sometime. "Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had invited the chief minister to the function and requested him to inaugurate the centre. It would have been better if he had stayed longer and delivered his speech. He hurriedly finished his job and went away," Pradhan said.

Earlier, the chief minister distributed aid, appliances and loan assistance to differently-abled persons at a camp. Around 2,049 differently-abled beneficiaries received aid, appliances and loan at the function.