Friday, 3 January 2014

Berhampur University (BU) celebrates 48th Foundation Day

Odisha Governor S C Jamir speaks for a better BU

Jamir laments that no Indian university is in the list of top 200 varsities in the world

Odisha Governor and Chancellor of Universities in the State S.C. Jamir called for enhancement of discipline among the faculty as well as students of the Berhampur University for its development and maintenance of ideal study atmosphere. Mr Jamir was the chief guest at the 48th foundation day celebration of Berhampur University on January 02. 
During the foundation day celebration, noted Odia author Amiya Bala Patnaik was honoured with citation and ‘angavastra’. Prizes and certificates were distributed to the students who had displayed excellence in academics and other fields. ‘Bhanja Bihar Reporter’, the house journal of the Journalism and Mass Communication Department of the university was also released by the Governor during the ceremony. Vice-Chancellor of the university Deepak Kumar Behera, chairman of the Post Graduate Council of the university Ashok Kumar Panigrahy and its Registrar Bhabani Prasad Rath were also present .
Mr Jamir also inaugurated the central conference hall and new academic block of the university during his visit to the campus. During the foundation day celebration, he handed over keys of three-wheelers to five Women Self Help Groups (WSHG) of fisherman community. These three-wheelers have been sponsored by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) for assisting the WSHGs through the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the Berhampur University. The V-C, Prof. Behera said with support of the National Instutute of Rural Development (NIRD) with which the Berhampur University has signed an MoU, the NSS unit of the university was going to adopt seven villages in seven districts of south Odisha.
Massive plantation work
Mr Jamir lauded the restoration work on the Berhampur University campus after the devastation caused by the Phailin cyclone. He advised for massive plantation work to be taken up on the campus to restore the environment of the university campus. It may be noted that most large trees on the Berhampur University campus which were giving it a lush green look were uprooted during the cyclone.
He called upon the student, faculty and staff of Berhampur University to make New Year resolution to make it a major university of the country. He lamented that no university of India was in the list of top 200 universities in the world.
Knowledge intensive society
According to him, our society was fast becoming a knowledge intensive society due to which role of centres of higher education like universities has become very crucial. “Unlike natural resources knowledge is inexhaustible,” he said. Increase of quality of education and research as well as better infrastructure were keys of development in knowledge intensive society, he said.
According to him, there was no dearth of potential to improve our universities but it needs greater dedication of teachers. He stressed upon improvement of discipline among the teachers as he felt discipline to be the key to success. He wanted better relations between the faculty and the students and more dedication of teachers towards their duty. He called upon the teachers to inspire students through quality research in new avenues. He He said that at times students due to their indiscipline behaviour were causing much damage to their institutions. “Fate of your university is in your hands”, he said. Source: The Hindu & ToI

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