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Monday, 18 February 2019 03:45 Written by

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New Delhi,18/02,19:More than 1000 international students set to start their university studies in Perth have been personally welcomed by the Governor of Western Australia at an inaugural event for the state. 

In a move to help position Perth as a world-class international education city, the Honourable Kim Beazley AC hosted the official welcome event in the grounds of Government House last night, in partnership with StudyPerth. 

The event was also attended by the Honourable Mark McGowan, Premier of Western Australia, as well as the Vice-Chancellors of WA’s five universities, including Curtin University’s Professor Deborah Terry, Edith Cowan University’s Professor Steve Chapman, Murdoch University’s Professor Eeva Leinonen, Notre Dame University’s Professor Celia Hammond and The University of Western Australia’s Professor Dawn Freshwater. 

Mr Beazley said the welcome event was the first of its kind in WA and aimed to offer international university students, some accompanied by their parents, a warm welcome to Perth. 

“I am proud and delighted to host our State’s first international student welcome event in the beautiful heritage-listed grounds of Government House,” Mr Beazley said. 

“As well as showcasing Western Australia’s great hospitality, this initiative is a first step in better promoting Perth as an excellent place to study. Not only for students to realise truly rewarding education and career opportunities but also to enjoy a remarkably clean, safe, culturally diverse, and breathtakingly beautiful destination like no other. 

“International students are helping to build our State’s future. They are critical to our diplomacy and also serve to enrich our own cultural appreciation and enlightenment. It is important that we celebrate them and their families, and ensure that their experience is enjoyable, with opportunities to learn more about our home and our people.” 

StudyPerth Executive Director Phil Payne said the Governor, WA’s higher education sector and the State Government had worked together to support the event. 

“We know Western Australia is a popular place for young people from all over the world to live, learn and launch their careers so this welcome event is all about making sure our students feel at home before the start of their university studies,” Mr Payne said.

“By working together, we are committed to strengthening Perth’s position as a world-class study destination and achieving our goal to welcome 100,000 international students to Perth by 2025.” 

The international students who attended the inaugural ceremony hail from various countries including China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Italy and Brazil.

The welcome ceremony included an Australian barbecue for students, as well as performances by local talent from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and The University of Western Australia.


Saturday, 02 February 2019 04:55 Written by


Dhenkanal,01/02/19:The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) Dhenkanal organised a Roundtable conference on 'Social Media as a PR Tool' in association with Public Relation Society of India (PRSI)’s Bhubaneswar chapter here on Friday. Addressing the budding journalists, Shahanka Pattnaik, AVP of Aditya Birla Group highlighted the important role played by social media in the democratic society. 

He said, “In our profession three stakeholders used to be quite important, politicians, bureaucracy and journalists. But with the emergence of social media, common people are having a much more important role. Apart from that, social media has made it is easier to collect and circulate important information.” 

Chief Manager of PPL Sudhi Ranjan Mishra, in his deliberation said, “Recently we have come across incidents where big shots have faced huge backlashes on social media for their careless actions and statements. Managing the media and getting away with such deplorable actions are not possible now.” 

Speaking on this occasion, senior media academician Professor Subir Ghosh said, "Until the arrival of social media, common people were at the receiving end of the mass communication process. Social media has led to the democratization of mass media. More than a medium of communication, it has become a tool for empowerment. Today, every news reader can publish his own opinion and his version of the truth,” he said. 

He also expressed his concerns regarding this trend. He said, “However, this brings us to a tricky situation as the speed and diversity of this medium makes it extraordinarily powerful. And the common people, who have acquired this power, don't always have a sense of responsibility. Hence, with strategic use of social media, organisations, and individuals can not only protect their interests but also establish their version truth.” 

AGM of JSPL group and PRSI’s Secretary Sanjay Sahoo said, “These days people receive more news from their social media feed than mainstream media these days. This is definitely a step towards empowerment of the common people.” 

The annual magazines of the institute, and wall magazines, containing literary works of the current batch students were released on this occasion. Students of the premier media institute produce such magazines every year. Regional Director of the Institute Prof. Dr. Mrinal Chhatterjee also addressed the students.


Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:58 Written by


Dhenkanal,29/01/19: Indian Institute of Mass Communication Dhenkanal on Tuesday organised a special lecture on ‘Future of Newspapers in India’ on the occasion of Indian Newspapers Day here on the campus. Speaking on this occasion, senior media academician Professor Subir Ghosh said that Indian newspaper Industry has a bright future ahead as with the increase of literacy rate, the number of newspaper readers will rise rapidly in India. 

“Around a fourth of India's population is yet to receive primary education. When these people are educated, they will start consuming newspapers. Though the Digital Media is catching up real fast, it will not be able to dominate the news industry until a hundred percent internet penetration and digital literacy becomes a reality. Till then, there is no existential crisis for the newspapers,” he opined. 

Sambit Pal,Asst. Professor spoke about the technological and content-wise developments in the print media industry.

On this occasion, students belonging to the North Eastern States delivered presentations about the history and current status of the newspaper industry in their respective state. Animesh Deb and Athoibee explained about the status of print media in Assam and Manipur respectively.

Indian Newspapers Day is celebrated on 29th January to commemorate the beginning of publication of the first Indian newspaper Hicky's Bengal Gazette or the Original Calcutta General Advertiser. The English language weekly, founded by James Augustus Hicky in 1780, was also the first newspaper printed in Asia.

XAHR International Conference 2019

Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:52 Written by


Bhubaneswar,30/01/19:Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR) held an International Conference on the theme ‘Organisational Metamorphosis for Innovation, Inclusion and Agility', on 28th-30th January, 2019 in the Xavier City Campus, the new campus ofXUB. The event witnessed the participation of various stakeholders of the Xavier fraternity, as well as stalwarts from the Human Resource Fraternity. 

The three-day event was graced by eminent speakers from academia and various industries in the domain of Human Resource. On Day 1, Prof. Arup Varma (Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University, Chicago) conducted a pre-conference workshop on the theme, “Diversity and Inclusion: Bridging the Library – Boardroom Divide”. The second day of the International HR Conference started with the keynote session which was graced by the presence of Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice Chancellor & Director, XUB), Dr. Snigdha Pattnaik (Dean, XAHR), Prof. Arup Varma and Prof. Sanket Sunand Dash (Assistant Professor, XAHR). After inaugurating the session, Dr. Pattnaik and Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes addressed the gathering on the importance of organizational coexistence and reinvention, and shared their understanding of creating space for metamorphosis, in line with the theme for the conference, “Organizational Metamorphosis for Innovation, Inclusion, & Agility”. Prof. Varma in his keynote address stated how despite changes in the external environment, organizations cannot replace the HR function, as in the end, it is people management. The session ended with a vote of thanks from Prof. Sanket Sunand Dash. The first session on Day 2 witnessed Dr. BB Mohanty (HOD (retd.) PM&IR, Utkal University), Dr. Aquil Busrai (CEO, Aquil Busrai Consulting) and Dr. Tania S Rath(Assistant Professor, XAHR) discussing the theme - ‘Inclusion. The session was, moderated by Dr. GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP). Dr. Rao started the session by pointing out to various factors like VUCA, disruptive technology, social changes and the entry of millennials into the workforce that were causing an impact in today’s organization, and mentioned that Collaborative Work design is the key. Dr. Tania raised the question as to why would ‘care’ work not be considered as part of the productive work and be left out of consideration in many domains. Mr. Aquil B stressed that exclusivity is something that happens sub-consciously and we being aware of the same, must work consciously to overcome it. Dr. Mohanty stressed on two dimensions to be considered while bringing change in the organization namely Personal Dimension and Organizational Culture and stressed on Executive support and leadership, Communication and Involvement as the important things needed to bring about inclusion in the organization. 

The second session was addressed by Mr. Rajeev Bhadauria (Group Director HR, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.) 

wherein he shared that technological advancements change governance, climate, and geopolitical norms and

insisted on utilizing self-propelled inspiration as a replacement for motivation. The third session on Day 2 of theInternational HR Conference at Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR), XavierUniversity, Bhubaneswar (XUB), witnessed Mr. Pradeep Dasan (VP & Head – Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, Nayara Energy Ltd.), Dr. GP Rao (Founder and Managing Partner, Good People Relations LLP) and Ms. Malvika Naik (Former GM – HR, IOCL) discussing the theme ‘Agility’, moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Arup RoyChaudhury (Assistant Professor, XAHR). Mr. GP Rao, the first speaker for the session described agileorganizations as ones that go through creative destruction to remove incumbent practices in order to welcomechanges and identified an agile workforce as one which is more receptive to learning and feedback. Ms. Naik,who took the podium next, stressed on organizations being receptive to cross-functional and multidisciplinarychange and expertly stated out the difference that while change is fixed, transformation creates the future. Thefinal speaker for the day, Mr. Dasan shared that his organization has adapted to the demands of the environment,and rejects candidates who do not exhibit agility. He acknowledged the role of the youth in being harbingers ofchange. Prof. Roy Choudhury encouraged students and academicians to keep themselves updated withapplications of concepts and stretching the boundaries of his courses. 

The first session of the third day was a plenary address by Dr. Paul Hempel (Professor at City University of Hong Kong).He commented at the appearance of the western models of innovation as being useful at the structural level, whereas considerable adaptation is required at the implementation practical level in non- western context.This valuable address was followed by Paper Presentations by research scholars and students of MBAHRM course. The next event was a panel discussion moderated by Prof. Girish Balasubramaniam wherein heasked the panel to elucidate on the models of innovation and how does innovation take place. Ms. SubhashiniAcharya, (Learning Leader – R&D India, Schneider Electric) gave her viewpoint on the need for leveragingdifferent resources and depending on others for innovation. Mr. Iyer spoke on the importance of the purposefor innovation in an organisation and further laid stress that it needs to be focussed and in tandem with theindustrial structure. Mr. Mishra shared his experience in the industry as he emphasised on innovating internallyin an organization, for there are no separate Research and Department work in the IT sector. The Valedictory sessionbegan with Fr. E.A Augustine S.J (Registrar, XUB) addressing the audience on the need for organisations to be more innovative, rather than being shaped by it. The Chief Guest, Ms. Praveena Kala (CGM, SBI) in her addresssuggested that“change is the only constant and only those organisations survive which learn to live with change”. The sessionended with Prof. Dr. Andrew Dutta proposing the vote of thanks, thereby marking the end of the International Conference.

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Monday, 28 January 2019 10:36 Written by


Bhubaneswar,24/01/19:Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance (XUMG), Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)  conducted its third Annual Research on Cities Summitwith Knowledge Partner 'UN Habitat'at the Xavier City campus, on January 24th and 25th, 2019. 

Attended by the enthusiastic and eager learning batch of future Urban managers, the gathering was graced by the presence of experts from both, core industry as well as experts from industries tangible to urban sector and faculty members, including Prof. KajriMisra (Co-ordinator XUMG), Fr. Augustine (Registrar, XUB), Fr. Paul Fernandes (Vice Chancellor, XUB), Prof. Tathagata Chatterjee (XUMG), Prof. Mayank Dubey (XUMG), Prof. Nalin Ranjan (XUMG), and Prof. Atanu Chatterjee (XUMG).The day one of the summit started by lighting of the ceremonial lamp, followed by an address delivered by Prof. KajriMisra, Vice Chancellor Fr. Paul Fernandes andRegistrar Fr. Augustine, who briefly delineated how the theme “Transformative Urban Governance in the Developing World and the New Urban Agenda” should be widely discussed and how the students of urban management and governance can contribute and learn the industry scenario from the experts addressing today. They also highlighted how the new venture of urban management and governance came about and how the industry has responded in the most positive way appreciating the college for pioneering the course. Honorable Chief Guest Dr. Sudhir Krishna, (former Secretary, Delhi State FinanceCommission, MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development) who briefed the audience on “India’s Urban Leap: Challenges and Opportunities” and describedthe demographic trends in India. A two day summit, ARCS (Annual Research on Cities Summit) was conducted in three parallel sessions both the days with varied sub theme with experts and students both enthusiastically listening to over 60 research papers.

With research papers coming in from various parts of India and across borders, the first session of the three parallel session began with the subtheme 'Governance Reforms' with Mr. Ashok Kumarand Dr.Sudhir Krishna (Chairman, Delhi State Finance Commission) chairing the session. He presented on 'A recipe for making the local government financially strong', opportunities and approaches in unpacking new urban agenda-perspectives on three tire of integrated governance in South Africa and many more. With corresponding technical session on 'Environmental policies' and 'Water and Waste Management'moderated by Mr.Devender Singh (National Programme officer, UNFPA) and Mr.Sanjay Deshpande. Third parallel session for the day was on 'Transportation and Mobility Policies' chaired by Prof.Mayank Dubey and Prof.Prashant Prasad. Each of the three sessions ended with a question and answer round concluding the day one of the summit.

With the first day ending on such a high note, the second did too. With the organizing committee leaving no stone unturned, the day two sessions started with session one of the three parallel sessions on subtheme 'Small and medium towns', 'Participation and Empowerment' and 'Environmental Policies' chaired by Prof.Tathagata Chatterji, Ms.Gopa Samanta, and Mr.Dilip Kumar Bhanja with numerous papers. With corresponding technical session on 'Economy and Finance', 'Transportation and Mobility Policies', 'Cultural Economy' and 'Contestation and Interventions in Urban India' moderated by Prof.Sagarika Misra, Mr.Aurobindo Ogra, Prof.Nalin Ranjan and Prof.Atanu Chatterjee respectively with keen attention of presented papers on assessing the efficiency, sustainability and opportunity cost of sewage treatment in East Kolkata wetland, Application of space syntax, space matrix and mixed used index for property tax assessment using GIS, Women commuters in urban India and Sustainable mobility, Electric mobility-The new face of smart mobility, Evaluation of urban transport governance in India, Leveraging culture for revival of Kolkata's economy, Heritage buildings and their legal contestations in Neo-Liberal cities, Development induced displacement in Mumbai metropolitan region, Spatial segmentation in urban India: A case of Bokaro steel city, and A thing of beauty: An enquiry into slum re-painting in Mumbai.

Prof.Kajri Misra and Prof.Tathagata Chatterjee thanked the industry experts, the presenters for sharing their insights with everyone, and all the students who organised the summit as well as the media partners. The summit concluded with Mr.Ashok Kumar (SAAB member, SPA Delhi) handing out the AURA (Annual Urban Research Award) to students from PG category and Research scholars where Mr.Vignesh T., M.Tech  Geo-informatics, University of Madras and Ms.Sabiha Baig, Research scholar, CSRD, JNU grabbed the first positions respectively.


Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:08 Written by

Report;Nishapati Nayak,Odishabarta 

Koraput,24/01/19:The Central University of Odisha, Koraput organized a felicitation ceremony for its students in its Main Campus at Sunabeda. The CUO students performed extremely well in two big events-the Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat, a flagship programme of the MHRD, where Odisha was paired with Maharashtra and the Central Zone Inter University Competition, also known as Youth Fest, organized by Association of Indian Universities & Sambalpur University. Today’s event was a gesture to recognize the achievements of its students by the CUO. 

Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, CUO congratulated the achievers and emphasized on the University’s constant endeavour to encourage culture and literary activities by the students in the campus. He explained the importance of Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat as an effort t to learn and respect culture of other states besides one’s own. He congratulated the participants of Ek Bharat Sreshtha bharat and the participants of the Youth Fest who had bagged the 3rd position in the ‘Cultural Procession’ event. Prof. Mohanty encouraged the students to go ahead in their creative pursuit which can have a positive impact on the society. 

Prof. Sharat Kumar Palita, Dean, SBCNR & DSW (Acting) in his opening note congratulated the CUO community for the fabulous achievement and encouraged the students. He thanked the CUO administration. Especially senior officials Prof. K.C Raut, Dean Academics and Prof. B.P Rath, OSD, examination & Students Affairs for their valuable contribution. Mr. Saurav Gupta, Asst. Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Convener, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat and Dr. Rudrani Mohanty, Lecturer, Department of Odia Language and Literature & Team Leader, CUO team at Youth Fest narrated their experience of organizing the respective events. Both of them thanked Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Hon’ble VC, CUO for his inspiring support. 

The participants of both events were given away certificates and medals by the Hon’ble VC, CUO after which they presented a cultural programme. The vote of thanks was presented by Mr. Sushant Kumar, Lecturer, Dep’t of Computer Science, CUO who had also accompanied the CUO team to Sambalpur. The programme was well attended by the Faculty, staff and students.



Wednesday, 23 January 2019 03:49 Written by


Bhubaneswar,20/01/19: TED is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. Independently run TEDx events help share powerful ideas and thoughts in communities around the world. With a view to sharing its vision with TED and TEDx, TEDxXIMB 5.0 had speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing their thought-provoking and life-altering ideas with us based on the theme “Chakravyuh: The Inescapable Formation”. The speakers for TEDxXIMB 5.0 were Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, Mr. DivyanshuDamani, Dr.Sruti Mohapatra, Mr. Paul Walsh, Mr. Sachin Das Burma, Mr. A. L. Jagannath and Miss. Megha Vishwanath. 

First speaker Lt. Gen. Satish Dua, the highly decorated army officer, was the mastermind behind the surgical strikes conducted in response to the Uri attacks. He shared inspiring tales from his life and divulged how positive attitude has always helped him to achieve success in life. With numerous years of experience as a military officer, Lt. Gen. Satish Dua spoke about what it takes to keep the nation and its citizens safe. He also described the life of soldiers, the challenges they face and how they overcome them. 

Dr.Sruti Mohapatra, who works actively towards getting equal rights for differently-abled people, was our second speaker. She spoke about how disability is viewed as an impediment. She further spoke about how society should stop viewing disability as a disease and work towards accepting them for who they are. Dr.Sruti Mohapatra said that each maze has a way out and even if the whole world gives up on you, one should not give up. All we need to succeed in life is focus, determination and a lot of hard work. 

Our third speaker was Mr. Sachin Das Burma, the man responsible for the successful marketing campaign of Hockey World Cup held in Bhubaneswar. He explained that Chakravyuhs are present in all walks of life, one must realize its presence and work towards finding a way out. He spoke about how he broke the Chakravyuh of the traditional format of government advertisements and gave a new face to it thus encouraging us to not get tied up in traditional methods and ideas but rather work towards being creative and come out of the tradition shackles. 

Our fourth speaker, Mr. Paul Walsh - the Indian at heart, shared his life journey of encouraging and improving the lives of underprivileged children through Rugby. He explained how this, odd

shaped ball (rugby ball) had superpowers and how he used this amazing tool to change innumerable lives. He also shared some of the inspirational works that he and his team had done over the years. 

XIMB alumnus and well-known marketer, Mr. A. L. Jagannath was the fifth speaker. He motivated us to do something different and better and help ourselves succeed in our life. He explained the science behind golf and how it can help us to find our path out of Corporate Chakravyuhs. He also encouraged us not to delve in our pasts but instead get ready for the next thing just like in golf where the next shot is more important than the previous one. 

Our sixth speaker, Miss. Megha Vishwanath shared her story of how the Chakravyuh of discovering one's passion helped her to find herself. In times when her peers didn't have answers to any questions, she saw an opportunity and made the most of it. This led her to run many successful shows in her career as a successful journalist, television producer, and anchor. She gave valuable advice on how to look beyond our present and plan accordingly to become successful. 

Our final speaker, Mr. DivyanshuDamani, the social media influencer, spoke about how it is easy to influence and get influenced in this technologically advanced world. In this generation where people crave instantaneous success, he explained both the positive and negative aspects of influence. He also said that we should be careful as to whom we influence and by whom do we get influenced. 

After these inspiring and thought-provoking speeches, the audience enjoyed an enthralling performance from the traditional Odissi dancers who were wearing masks, made out of paper pulp and painted bright, known as "MedhaNacha" depicting the 'Nagajurna' Avatar of Lord Jagannath and Devi Maa (The Supreme Goddess). They danced to the rhythm of Changu and Dhol. 

Lastly, TEDxXIMB 5.0 was concluded by a vote of thanks by Miss. Akanksha Mohanty, the Curator and Lead Organiser, to express her gratitude to all the stakeholders responsible to make this event a grand success.


Monday, 21 January 2019 02:20 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta

ROURKELA,20/01/19:One of the premier institute of India, National Institute of Technology (NIT) has organized its 16th Convocation which was participated by the business tycoon of India Kumar Mangalam Birla, Head of Aditya Birla Group. His presence in the event has inspired many young engineers to carry a good spirit to build their career as entrepreneur and also as a good employee. After the inauguration, Kumar Mangalam Birla has paid flower tribute to the first Principal of this institute, late. Prof. Bhubaneswar Behera. Then in his speech to  a large audience in the hall he said, Don’t look at yourself as just another engineering graduate but look at yourself a s a change of force. He said when I llok at you I see a force who is unmatched. He said, people often say disruption is new normal, I would say no normal is the new normal. What is equally important is giving back to individuals, to community, to institution, to society at large. This year the number of graduate is 1540 which surpasses the last year figure of 120. NIT has produced 9998 engineers, scientist, masters, and graduates I addition to 613 PhDs. This year 11 graduates have received Gold Medal. Chinni Rewant of the department of Mechanical engineering received the Best Graduate awards of the 2018 batch, Madan Raj C from Safety Engineering Specialization under the department of Chemical engineering got the Best Post Graduate in M.Tech programme. Miss Ankita Mohanty of the School of Management for Best MBA, Miss Trisha Kundu of the Department of Life Science being aarded for the best among the M.Sc and M.A Students. Mr.Bharat A  B of Department fo Chemistry was awarded as the topper in the Integrated M.Sc programme and ,Miss Rajrani Patra from Transportation Engineering Specialization under the Department of civil engineering got the award of best Post graduate in the B.Tech and M.Tech Dual Degree Programme. Few old alumni were also awarded for their professional and social achievements and they are Dr. Om Agrawal, Dr.Swathi Mohanty, Soma Mandal and Sanajay Kumar Mohanty. These awards were presented by Dr. Santrupt Mishra of NIT. Dr.Swathi Mohanty (1983 Batch, B.Sc (Engg) who is now working as Chief Scientist at CSIR-IMMT, Bhubaneswar, India and has been made significant contribution in the area of process modeling, stimulation, optimization and control. Ms.Soma Mandal (1984 Batch B.E in Electrical Engineering) presently working as a Member of the Board of Directors of NALCO and SAIL has made significant contribution to corporate governance, business planning, domestic and international sale and marketing , logistic and materials management in the metals and minerals industries. Dr. Om Agrawal (1986 Batch B.Sc (Engg) in Electrical Engineering is now working with AMD, Vantis and Lattice Semiconductor, USA and has been instrumental in researching and designing in the semiconductor industries and Sanjay Moahnty (1980 BATCH B.Sc (Engg) in Electrical Engineering is a key entrepreneur and and have created many job opportunities and doing scientific aquaculture in the state of Odisha. This convocation was attended by many professors, staffs and students of the institute.

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