Report by; Manoj Kant Dash,editor,Odishabarta
BERHAMPUR (Bhanja Bihar): Berhampur University celebrates its 46th Foundation day today at Biju Pattnaik Auditorium at Bhanja Bihar Campus, Berhampur, Odisha. Expected Chief Guest, Minister, Higher education Badri Narayan Patro and Berhampur Sansad (LS)Sidhant Mohapatra gave their consent earlier but both could not join due to model code of conduct by OEC for the coming Panchayat elections.
However, the Foundation Day was inaugurated by Dr.R.C.C Patnaik, MLA, Berhamur as Chief Guest, Dr.Pradeep Panigrahy, MLA, Goplapur as Speaker. Prof.Jayant Mohapatro, the Vice Chancellor presided over the meeting. Among others Prof.N.K.Tripathy, Chairman P.G Council, Prof.B.C.Choudhury, Prof.Bhabani Rath,the Registrar of the University were on stage.
On its foundation day two Special Guests, Padma Shree Tulsi Munda and eminent academician Prof. Rajat Kar were honored with Anga Bastra. Prof.Mohapatra, the Vice Chancellor addressed to a huge gathering and presented some highlights of achievements during his tenure and expected his dream projects be Bhanja Bihar to get 3 more Girl’s Hostel, a few time needed departments to be started. He expressed that, as on date maximum amount of money is spend from own sources while simultaneously got many projects from the Odisha Government and UGC funding. He said he has regularized all the temporary staffs (DLR) and made them regular staff members in the payroll. The Girls Hostel which VC laid the foundation stone with an estimated project of 1.25 Cr from UGC Grants expecting to be completed before June 2012.
The notable part of the meet and the deliberations was that the V.C expressed his desires to extend his helping hand through the University to the needed and the tribal in the South of the Province, even though the State has a Tribal central university
Prof.Rath, Registrar of the University presented the University activity report. He said the University was established on 2nd Jan, 1967 by the Odisha Act 21 of 1966.The University currently is covering undivided Ganjam, Koraput, Kandhmal districts, the Nation’s most sought after places.
Padma Shree Tulsi Munda shared her experiences when she was working with Sarbodaya leader ex Chief Minister Naba Krushna Choudhry and Mrs.Malati Choudhury. She categorically stressed of MANA, JANA, and DHANA. Her dream was to open schools for the poor. Prof.Rajat Kar spontaneously delivered about Bhanja Sankruti and Jaggannath Sanskrti; a researcher Kar said we should not forget our Mother tongue. I don’t mean to say forget about ABC.
Speaker Dr.Pradeep Panigrahy, MLA, Gopalpur who was a student leader of this University appreciated the steps being taken by the existing administration. Chief Guest Dr.RCC Pattnaik also affirmed Mr. Pradeep Panigrahy and given advice to the students to be the torch bearers of the new generation. He didn’t forget to quote many IAS, IFS officers are the products of this University including Ravi Kumar the Arjun Award youth of the city.
Many academicians from different departments, all faculty members, Principals of the different colleges under Berhampur University and students were present in the meeting. Finally a web site was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor and prizes were distributed to students for their achievements in different kinds of activities by the Chief Guest.
At the end votes of thanks was given by Prof.B.C.Choudhury.