Friday, October 20, 2006


IIT Kharagpur to have full-fledged campus

IIT Kharagpur to have full-fledged campus

Pioneer News Service | Bhubaneswar

While addressing the 2nd convocation of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology at Rourkela on Thursday, Director of IIT Kharagpur SK Dube said, "we have an extension centre at Bhubaneswar, and if plans go right, very soon Bhubaneswar will have a full-fledged 5,000-student strong campus."

He expressed happiness that an MoU has been signed between IIT and BPUT for improving the Under Graduate and Post Graduate teaching, laboratory development as well as research.

Dube further said that Orissa is now poised for a quantum jump. There will be many issues dealing with waste management, waste utilisation and environment connected with industrialisation. These have to be dealt with strong scientific knowledge base. The cooperation with BPUT and Orissa could be utilised in identifying solutions to these problems.

Governor of Orissa and chancellor of universities Rameshwar Thakur, presiding over the convocation, said although Orissa is endowed with abundant natural resources, it is yet to achieve the desired development and progress. Still 48 per cent people live below the poverty line.

However, Bharat Ratna Visveswarya Thakur said poverty is a disease and is curable like any other disease. The real causes of poverty, ignorance, dependence, inefficiency and lack of spirit enterprise but with courage, confidence and conviction this can be overcome.

Thakur hoped that new graduates would make a difference in the society. Dedication, hard work and innovation would be the key assets in nation building, he said. Vice- Chancellor of BPUT, ON Mohanty presented the BPUT's achievement report and future vision plan. Students of different technological institutions who have excelled in their respective branches received gold medals and certificates from the Chancellor.

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