Bhubaneswar,18/12/18:The National Seminar on Sustainability of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Agriculture in India focuses to two critical pillars towards making farmers-producers, agriculture, rural communities and overall society sustainable in the long run. Sustainability of FPOs or producer collectives at the grass root community level and sustainability of agriculture at farmer and farm level shall be deliberated from the perspectives of Relationships, Institutions (formal and informal) and Community Governance. The deliberations in the above seminar is to understand the deep rooted challenges, hindrances and present lock-in problems in policies, practices and research; thereby find solutions and strategies to transit from the present unsustainable ways towards building sustainable agricultural production systems and sustainable producers’ collectives; generically called the FPOs in India for ensuring the wellbeing of the farmers and producers in agriculture and allied sectors.
This national seminar is a follow-up to eight rounds of national round table discussions and seminars on various aspects; rather dimensions of sustainability of community systems such as FPOs, sustainable agricultural system, community governance, institutions and relationships and a national conference covering all these issues over the last about two years. Community level action research on FPOs and Sustainable Agricultural System (SAS) and various national and district level surveys over the last ten years and decades of experiences of practitioners across the country have continuously informed these deliberations.
The panelists, discussants and participants of the national seminar on sustainability of FPOs and sustainable agricultural system shall be senior academics from multiple disciplines; philosophy, sociology, management, economics, social work, and senior practitioners, senior policy executives, legislators, constitutional experts, spiritual leaders, social investors, young researchers and sustainability scholars.
In the present context of increasing realization that agriculture in general and Indian agriculture and farmersin particular are becoming unsustainable and policies such as loan waivers, subsidies and minimum support prices are not long term solutions, the above seminar based on deep diagnosis of the complex design and systemic problems provides long term sustainable, simple and low cost solutions from the Design and Systems Perspectives towards facilitating and building holistic and sustainable rural agricultural communities; the foundation for sustainable countries. The outputs of this seminar shall be shared with all concerned for effective policy, practice and research towards building sustainable community systems.
ROURKELA,04/12/18: National Institute of Technology the pioneer engineering college of state has organized a National Workshop on Android App Testing which was inaugurated by Prof. Kamala Kanta Mohapatra, Dean, Academics. In all, 30 participants from across the country participated in the workshop which was supported by TEQIP-III, NPIU, Govt. of India and Co-Sponsored by Software Technology Park of India and State Bank of India. Inaugurating this workshop the Chief Guest has highlighted the importance of Android App Testing with some examples. The Guest of Honor, Ashok Kumar Yadav, Joint Director Software Technology Park of India, Rourkela, Odisha in his address said the relevance and different usages of Android App Testing in various fields particularly in social media. He had also cited different activities of STPI. The key coordinator of the workshop, Prof. Chitta Ranjan Patra, TEQIP, NIT, Rourkela has highlighted about the Android App Testing and its activities carried out under TEQIP-III. Welcome address was delivered by Prof. Durga Prasad Mohapatra, Convener, RST-2016 and briefed about the workshop whereas Prof. Bibhudatta Sahoo, Co-Convener of the workshop proposed the vote of thanks.
Bhubaneswar,23/22/28:Xpressions, the management cultural fest of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, one of the biggest Management-Cultural fests across India, is a three-day extravaganza.
As Day 3’s events came to a close, the sky grew dim as XIMB grew brighter November 18th had arrived and along with it came the highlight of Xpressions ’18, Maruti Suzuki – Colors of Youth, Season 8 sponsored EVC Yowza Ft. Sunidhi Chauhan, a venture by Twisted entertainment and Universal Music India.
With the excitement budding and building over the last 2 months, the day had finally arrived for XIMB and Bhubaneswar to wholeheartedly welcome the exquisite and energetic Sunidhi Chauhan as she became the first female artist to feature in Xpressions.
The opening performance for Sunidhi Chauhan live was performed by Maruti Suzuki – Colors of Youth Season 7 winner, the fusion band – Project Mishram and Season 5 winner, the manager-cum-singer Snehdeep Singh Kalsi. Sunidhi took to stage at 7:3o PM as the crowd waited anxiously, chanting her name in unison. What followed for the next two hours might not be easy to put into words. Her rejuvenating energy, mesmerizing voice and one of a kind performance left the crowd in a trance as she sang a collection of her most popular Bollywood hits. It was definitely a first for the people from the Temple City. The crowd didn’t disappoint either as they sang along as she mesmerized the crowd. The dancing and singing met no resistance for the night as XIMB was the brightest spark in all of Bhubaneswar.
The night ended on a high with Sunidhi leaving us all pumped up and exhausted at the same time, begging for more of her talent. A befitting end to an exemplary three days, leaving us tempted and hungry for more. The bar was raised this year, quite a distance, just making it all the more challenging and exciting for next year. Next up, Xpressions ’19.
Koraput,22/11/18:The second phase of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, a flagship programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India was inaugurated by Prof. Sachidananada Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Orissa, Koraput on 19th November 2018 at Bhanja Mandap, HAL, Sunabeda. As per the rules of EBSB paired states have to hold programmes based on culture, language & literature of the other paired state and Odisha has been paired with Maharashtra.
On this occasion, a special lecture on Music of Maharashtra was delivered by Prof Shruti Sadolikar Katkar, Vice Chancellor, Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow. The introductory note was given by Sourav Gupta, Assistant Professor, Dep’t of Journalism & Mass Communication & Convener,” Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”, Thematical address was delivered by Prof. K.C. Raut, Dean Academics & Nodal Officer EBSB and the welcome note was given by Prof. S.K.Palita, Dean, Dept. of BCNR, CUO. Dr. Sandeep Sapkale, Department of Distance Education, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha was also present on the dais.
A spoken Marathi course will be conducted for students of CUO under the training of Dr Sapkale. The programme is in collaboration between Central University of Orissa and South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Sachidananada Mohanty in his inaugural address underlined the significance of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ based on the teachings of some of the seminal thinkers of India. He said, “When we believe in Unity in Diversity, we do not believe in Unity in Uniformity”. Citing thoughts & works of stalwarts like of Sister Nivedita, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo, he said that India had no imperialistic ambitions; it stood for peace and wellbeing among all.
Prof. Shruti Sadolikar Katkar delivered a special lecture on ‘Music of Maharashtra’ where she discussed about various music forms in Maharashtra like Lori (Angai Geet), lok gita Bharud, Bhaand, Ovi, Tamasha, Lavani, Katha/Kirtan, Sahari Povada et al. In her melifluos voice she demonstrated by singing Lori, Ovi and Lavani which was the centre of attraction of her lecture. She emphasized the importance of ‘Music Making’ which includes writing, producing, texting and working with instruments too.
Dr. Sandeep Sapkale, on his second visit to Central University of Orissa, expressed his happiness on being the faculty for spoken Marathi course for CUO students. He urged the strengthening the relationship of Odia & Marathi languages.
Dr. Rudrani Mohanty, Lecturer, Dept. of Odia Language and Literature, CUO proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the inauguration ceremony and a cultural program followed thereon. Sneha Kudape & Group (Troupe nominated by South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur) presented Folk Dance of Maharashtra – Lavani, Koli & Gondhia Nritya of Maharashtra. All the artists were felicitated by Shri Debasish Deb, ED, HAL.
28 students across 14 departments have been selected for the Marathi Speaking Course EBSB programme through an entrance test which will be held from 20th Nov to 25th Nov. The programme was held in a jam packed Bhanja Mandap where the audience comprised students, faculty & staff. The Executive Director of HAL Sri Debashish Deb and the VC Professor S Mohanty felicitated the artists and dancers.
The Central University of Orissa, Koraput is the maiden Central University in Odisha set up in 2009 by an act of Parliament. Presently the CUO has 14 departments running UG, PG, Integrated, MPhil & PhD programmes. The CUO has made significant progress in recent times under the dynamic leadership of Prof Sachidananda Mohanty.
Talcher,21/11/18:NTPC Kaniha under CSR has undertaken water filter distribution to the students of Panchayat High School, Bijigol,Kaniha recently on 17/11/2018. The distribution was done in the august presence of Sh. P. K. Sahu, DGM(HR), Sh. A. K. Das, Senior Manager(HR), , Shri M. V. Rao, ES(HR) and school Headmaster, Shri Sanjay Kumar Dash & other respected teachers.
On this occasion, Chief Guest, Shri P. K. Sahu addressing the students emphasized upon the need of pure drinking water for our health and how the water filter distributed shall mitigate the health problems related to unclean water. 290 water filters were distributed to the students on this occasion.
Talcher,20/11/18:NTPC Talcher Kaniha under its CSR recently from 12th November 2018 to 16th November 2018 had organised an innovative initiative “YUVATI” programme. The programme was based on creating awareness among adolescent girls of High School of NTPC Kaniha project affected areas to maintain hygiene, know about menstrual cycle and its complexities; what to do and what to avoid, in addition the program stressed on how to develop the personality and grow as a person physically and psychologically .
This programme was held at Regional Learning Institute, NTPC Talcher Kaniha in the presence of Head of HR, K. S. Sarma, PVGV Srinivas, AGM(HR), P. K. Sahu, DGM(HR), Shri Jakir Khan, DGM(HR),MV Rao, ES(HR), Smt. Jyotsnarani Pradhan, Jr. Officer(HR) along with the faculties of Tanvi Consultancy Pvt. Ltd, Bhubaneswar, Mukteswar Patra and Mrs Arunima Patra.
Speaking on the occasion Sarma said “participants should implement the things they have learnt during the programme in real life which will bring a positive change".
Around 100 adolescent girls of 2 nearby high schools from Pabitra Mohan High School, Kaniha & Panchayat High School, Bijigol participated in the programme.
On the occasion sanitary pads were distributed as promotion of health & hygiene. Self defense training was also provided to the participants for their self defense.
Bhubaneswar,19/11/18:Xpressions, the management cultural fest of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, one of the biggest Management-Cultural fests across India, is a three-day extravaganza, which is scheduled to take place from 16th to 18th November 2018. After the grandeur of the first and second day, XIMB got ready to make the final day a success as well.
The day opened with Final Cut, the flagship event of IlluminatiX- the media and PR cell of XIMB, which was a short-film making competition.
The event witnessed enthralling entries and was won by ‘Spotlight’ presented by Team Virtual Show reel from ITER Bhubaneswar with a special mention awarded to ‘Saihatsu’, again from ITER. Thirkan, a group dance competition by X-Stage, the cultural committee of XIMB, which embraced the rhythm within and without.
The teams painted the theatre of dreams, leaving the crowd amazed. It captured the eyeballs and truly left us all in a trance with the team Inferno from FIEM crowned as winners and the team Might’s from IMI Bhubaneswar as the Runners-up. Zorb It Out, by IRC, the International Relations Committee, continued with participants flowing in to enjoy zorbing all day long. The Gaming committee of XIMB brought in its flagship management event, Jack of all Trades which comprised of a quiz, a case-study and a Business Simulation Game by Cesim. It was a national level competition structured to test participants’ cross functional expertise and holistic view towards real corporate world problems.
MAXIM, the marketing association, presented its flagship event MPower, which comprised of an online marketing quiz followed by case study competition, and, was won by the team Power Players from XIMB comprising of Aloknath Patra, Pratik Saraf and Abhishek Sahu, with Mettle Troppers from IIM Shillong being the runners-up. MAXIM Mela (Marketing Research Event), yet another event set up by MAXIM continued their unique market research in full swing with fun games structured on the theme of PUBG. X-Lens, the photography community of XIMB, presented Lensation, showcasing creativity captured in pictures. It brought both realistic as well as the imaginative thought process of the participants and received an overwhelming response from across various colleges. XQuizzite, the Knowledge and Quizzing committee, organized its flagship quizzing event, Inquizzitive, which was a quiz over general affairs. It was an intense competition of awareness finally won by Satwik Raut, Nishant Nihar and Bivash Rath with runners-up being Adarsh Mohapatra and Saransh Mohapatra.The much awaited event, Celeblitz, witnessed the riveting performance by the melody queen who has been ruling our hearts for last 23 years, Sunidhi Chauhan, who left the audience astounded and thrilled. With this 3-day extravaganza concluding at such a high note, XIMB promises to amaze Bhubaneswar again and keep the legacy going.