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NIT Rourkela marked the Gandhi Jayanti in a special way

Thursday, 04 October 2018 04:17 Written by

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ROURKELA,03/10/18:A massive cleanliness rally was conducted by National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela a unique dedication to father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi on its birth Anniversary. This initiative had kicked up yesterday to promote ‘Swacch Bharat Aviyan’ to make aware the public about cleanliness and its advantages. This programme was inaugurated by Professor, Dr. Animesh Biswas, Director, NIT. Addressing the students he remembered the father of nation and said how Gandhiji in his lifetime demonstrated and promoted cleanliness. Following this NIT is also coming forward to make Rourkela a clean and green city. He urged every NITian to join this noble cause which was responded properly by the students and had carried out a massive rally carrying placards and posters. This time they have focused on creating awareness against the use of plastic bags which is hazardous. On this front a massive cleanliness drive was launched inside NIT and outside the campus in Sector-2 market, ATM chowk, Biju Patnaik Chowk, Rourkla Club, Sector-2 NAC market, German Club area. Registrar, NIT, Santosh Kumar Upadhya in his address said Cleanliness is Godliness is the mantra of Mahatma Gandhi, hence we should follow his footsteps and should keep our city clean. The volunteers from NSS and NCC along with staff members made their commitment to keeping the campus neat and clean. This program was organized under the supervision of Nodal Officer, Professor Pabitra Mohan Khillar and Professor Swapan Kumar Karak under ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharata’ initiative. Finally the nodal officer, Swapan Kumar Karak offered the vote of thanks.


Tuesday, 02 October 2018 12:42 Written by


Angul;2nd October: The students and staff members of O.P Jindal school situated at Jindal Nagar, Angul, celebrated Mahatma Gandhi  and Lal Bahadur Sashtri Jayanti today. 

On this occasion the Principal, Teachers, Staff and Students paid floral  tributes to the great souls followed by a series of eye-catching cultural programs including speeches by staff and students. 

The message, how Mahatma Gandhi and Shastri are  our path makers enlightened the present generation was conveyed by Mr Chhanda Charan Das,Principal. 

Throwing light on the significant legacy, great contributions and sacrifice of Gandhiji and Sashtriji to the nation,  Mrs Soma Sarkar, Mrs Bijayalaxmi Narendra,Dr Imran Perwaiz and  students of O. P. Jindal School attributed in their inspiring speeches. 

The student speakers who presented their speeches include Vidita Srivastava , Shantanu Upadhya, Baibhav Upadhya  and G Shakti Swarup with spectacular skit and dance  choreographed by Mrs Hemalata Mishra on the theme of Gandhian philosophy mesmerised the audience.  Mind blowing scholarly presentations,prayer and devotional songs dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Sashtri Ji on the occasion were cast by OPJS Choir  under the guidance of Mrs Anusuya Ray .The Jaynti celebration was compered by Mrs Lilly Mohanta,CCA-coordinator.Mrs Sangeeta  Sharma accorded vote of thanks on the occasion. 

To mark this occasion,  a special swachhata drive was also spearheaded by Swami Satyabindu Saraswati early in the morning where employees and their family members joined wholeheartedly to give their bit of volunteering to make the Jindal Nagar more beautiful.


Saturday, 22 September 2018 11:14 Written by


Bhubaneswar,20/09/18:The General Body of the Utkal University Teachers’ Association (UUTA) held on 20th September 2018 had resolved to resume the postponed protest against administrative apathy towards the genuine demands of faculty members. This time, a delegation would go and meet Honorable Chancellor to seek his intervention in breaking the inertia of inaction by the university authorities. The GBM has also resolved to enter into the last phase of the protest by empowering the office bearers to take immediate action.

It is noteworthy to mention that the Utkal University Teachers’ Association (UUTA), is on protest against the apathy of the university administration and the State Higher Education Department from 10th July onwards on demands include immediate implementation of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), implementation of the 7th Pay –Scale Revision Committee recommendations, immediate repair of residential quarters, confirmation of faculty members, advance increment for M.Phil/Ph.D holders, redesignation of Readers, recruitment of Non-Teaching staff, NPS arrears and insurance schemes among other demands. However, on the promise of the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and the Chairman PG Council, to fulfil all the demands by 31st August, the association had postponed the protest on 25th July and cooperated with the administration by taking additional responsibilities to speed up the process. However, the vice chancellor, although promised several times and gave several deadlines to fulfil the demands, have not bothered to proceed on any of these promises. On the other hand, the frequent absence of the Vice-Chancellor and other key officials have even marred the day –to-day functions of the university. Hundreds of files are being piled up in the office of the VC and the registrar for approval and there is no progress on critical issues.

Feeling frustrated with such inaction by the vice chancellor and his administration, the General body has resolved that the association would resume its postponed protest and would request an audience with the Chancellor. Addressing the gathering in the General Body Meeting held at the Department of Statistics on 20th September 2018, Prof. Kunja Behari Panda, Secretary-UUTA  said ‘being a former academician, Honorable Chancellor would definitely intervene in breaking the inertia of inaction of the university authorities. If needed, I shall be on a “Hunger Strike till death” from 2nd October onwards if the authorities are still adamant in not fulfilling their promises.’

In the absence of the president, the General Body Meeting was presided over by Prof. Maheswar Sahu, Vice-President UUTA.


Thursday, 06 September 2018 05:28 Written by


Angul: 5th Sept 2018- The students of O.P. Jindal School (OPJS) situated at Jindal Nagar celebrated the 55th Teacher's Day today by paying floral tribute to the Master of Masters Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. On this occasion Mr. Alok Malhotra, Head-HR&ES attended the celebration as Chief-Guest and lighted the lamp in presence of School Principal Mr. Chhanda Charan Das, Teachers and other staff members.  

Attending the celebration, Mr. Alok Malhotra, advised the students to be remained grateful to the teachers who are working hard for the success of their students and said, "Teachers, are the backbone of every nation and it is proved that a successful nation always filled with noble teachers". 

Remembering the indelible marks of the illustrious philosopher and teacher of all time the School Principal, Dr. Imran Perwaiz, Students and Other staff members attributed Dr. S. Radhakrishnan as a great statesman of all time in their respective speeches. The students of OPJS had innovative cultural presentation in the form of Speech, Recitation, Group-song, Skit and Group-dance on the theme of prevailing system of Education and Teacher-learner relationship. 

The teachers of OPJS were warmly felicitated in the welcome session by the students with great eclat and the vote of thanks was accorded by Miss. Upasana Swain, student Council Member of the school. Miss AnushkaPareek and Aditya Singh Rai from Students Council co-ordinated the programme. 

Senior teacher Mrs. Sangeeta Sharma, Coordinated the programme and accorded vote of thanks.

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XUB Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB

Sunday, 02 September 2018 04:13 Written by


Bhubaneswar,01/09/18:IlluminatiX – the Media and PR Cell of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar hosted its flagship Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB. The conclave revolved around the theme of Media: Still a Mouthpiece for Free Speech? 

The event was graced by four eminent media influencers, including Meghnad Bose(Senior Correspondent, The Quint), Anna M.M. Vetticad(Independent Journalist and Author), Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV) and lastly, Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group). They, along with Prof. Dr. Nadira Khatun, the Moderator for the day, inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and briefed about the importance of the theme. 

The moderator for the conclave, Prof. Dr. Nadira Khatun, opened the forum by discussing in brief about the theme. She started by talking about her own experience as a media student, and then commenced the conclave by inviting the esteemed speakers on to the podium, which was appropriately rechristened as the Free Speech Zone for the day. 

The first speaker for the day was Mr.Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group). He started talking about the neutrality of media these days and told about the shift of media from ‘Also Profit’ to ‘Just Profit’. He quoted that “Good Media cannot exist without the support of people” and that “Free Content isn’t always the best way to get your news”. 

The next speaker in the Free Speech Zone was Mr. Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV). Initially he talked about the  two major players: Media and the Controllers. He further pointed out the fact that half-truths, censorships and political bias have become the rulers of the show these days, and to be completely neutral should be a journalist’s USP. He concluded by quoting that “In the political  context, we are not enemies, we are just rivals” and that “A journalist’s credibility depends uponhis/her neutrality”. 

The third speaker for the day was Ms. Anna M.M. Vetticad(Independent Journalist and Author). She began by mentioning that politics is not a simplistic term and that the curbs on Freedom of Expression are always put on the vehicles of culture.   Following this, she ended by stating that a whole gamut of opinions is being oppressed and that the Freedom of Expression has to include the Right to Offend. 

Communiqué’18 XUB, for its final speaker, had Mr. Meghnad Bose(Senior Correspondent, The Quint). He presented numerous examples from the world of media regarding the political compromise and mentioned that we should learn to question the media for all its omissions and commotions and posed a concluding question asking, “Is self-censorship today also not an act of the government?” 

The sessions were followed by an interactive and enriching question and answer round in which the students asked intricate questions about the current media industry, and to what extent does media acknowledges the creation of a Free Speech Zone. This event also marked the release of Xperience- the Monthly Newsletter of XUB, presented by IlluminatiX- the Media and PR Cell of XUB. Following this, the winners for Communiquiz- a Quiz Competition and Critique- a National Article Writing Competition, organized as a run up for Communiqué’18 XUB, were awarded with their cash prizes and certificates by the esteemed panel.  The conclave was concluded by a vote of thanks by Mr. Ashutosh Chaudhary (Co-Ordinator- IlluminatiX XUB).


Sustainability Management Business Conclave – Parivartan

Friday, 31 August 2018 12:22 Written by


Bhubaneswar,31/08/18:Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS) in collaboration with ConXerv (the Sustainability committee) of Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar (XUB) hosted its annual business conclave, Parivartan, on August 31st, 2018. The conclave aimed to provide the students of Sustainability Management (SM) a comprehensive view on “Sustainability: Investment or Financial Liability”, which was the theme for the event.

The gathering was graced by the presence of renowned industry experts. The speakers for the session were Ms. Anita Rajan (Chief Operating Officer, Tata STRIVE), Mr. Indra Guha (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, Thinkthrough Consulting Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Nimai Lila Das (Chief Sustainability Officer, Govardhan Ecovillage), Mr. Sandeep RoyChoudhury (Co-Founder, VNV Advisory Services). They, along with Dr. S Peppin(Dean, XSoS) and Prof. Dr. SutapaPati (Co-Ordinator,XUB Student Affairs) inaugurated the conclave by lighting the ceremonial lamp and elucidated briefly about the importance of the theme.

Dr. S Peppin opened the forum with his welcome address and enlightened what led to the formation of XSoS. Prof. Dr.SutapaPati, the moderator of the discussion, stressed on the constant tug of war between investment and financial liability. The first speaker for the panel was Ms. Anita Rajan, who advocated the importance of long-term survival with inclusive growth. She also instilled the concept of liability in the minds of the students and urged the future managers to think of liability as an opportunity. She focused on concepts varying from automation to energy consumption to urban crisis. The next speaker, Mr. Nimai Lila Das stressed on how it’s very easy to be eco-friendly but very difficult to be ego-friendly. He reinforced why ethics and values should always be at core and rest can be built around it. He made a strong point on how sustainability should be looked from a human perspective and not based on accounting principles. The third speaker for the day was Mr. Sandeep Roy Choudhury and he spoke in lengths about the LDC (Least Developed Countries) and the Paris Agreement.  He stated what matters is how you sell the idea. Mr. Indra Guha, spoke next on ecological bottom line in a broader sphere. He also statedthat investors drive the sustainability agenda. 

The session was followed by an interactive and enriching question-answer round, that helped the students of Sustainability Management clear their doubts. All the guest speakers were presented with a token of appreciation and the conclave concluded with a vote of thanks byMs.N. Elakiya Priya,the student coordinator of ConXerv.


XUB Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB

Thursday, 30 August 2018 13:26 Written by


Bhubaneswar,30/08/18:IlluminatiX – the Media and PR Cell of Xavier University, Bhubaneswar will be hosting its annual Media Conclave – Communiqué’18 XUB. The conclave aims to wrap around the theme of Media: Still a Mouthpiece for Free Speech?

A free press gives a practical effect to the individual’s right to free speech. It allows one’s voice to be heard by many. In a democracy like ours, media is a factual necessity. Free Speech and Media sail together to set things on track. For all its fundamental importance, however, free speech is constrained on occasions when it collides with other values and factors such as Media Violence and Political Biasness of Media Houses. Thus, to ponder over the issues pertaining to Media and Free Speech, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, brings to you Communiqué’18 XUB.

The event will be graced by eminent media influencers, the likes of which include Meghnad Bose (Senior Correspondent, The Quint), Anna M.M. Vetticad (Independent Journalist and Author), Tejas Mehta (Communications Trainer and Political Commentator, Former Bureau Chief and Anchor at NDTV) and lastly, Sudhi Ranjan Sen (Editor, India Today Group).

XUB believes in providing a platform for premium discussions on pressing issues and trends. It organizes a plethora of top-notch business conclaves to fortify and hone the skills of its students. Communiqué’18 XUB is one such conclave which intends at delivering an enriching and interactive session with respect to Media and its role in providing a medium for Free Speech.


Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:45 Written by


Bhubaneswar,31/08/18:Xavier School of Sustainability, (XSoS), will be hosting its annual business conclave, Parivartan, on August 31st, 2018, which is organised with the aim of facilitating greater interaction between students, academia and the industry. The conclave intends to induce the students of Sustainability Management to deliberate over the theme for the event, which is, “Sustainability: Investment or Financial Liability?”

Sustainable investing enables individuals to select investments based on values and personal priorities. Initially, sustainable investing negatively screened companies and industries, which often led investors to sacrifice returns for value-aligned investment choices. In recent years, however, investors have used positive screening of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) risk factors to create a modern ‘best-in-class’ investment approach that generates performance that is in line with — and often exceeds — market benchmarks. This shift toward market outperformance in several sustainable investing products has contributed to the increase in demand for these products as fiduciaries look to serve their clients by not only generating returns, but also assessing impact. Providing sustainable investing opportunities enables firms to not only capture financial returns for clients, but also to realize intrinsic returns not replicated elsewhere. 

The conclave will be graced by several eminent industry veterans who will be addressing this issue and sharing their perspective with the students. The speakers include Ms. Anita Rajan (Chief Operating Officer, Tata STRIVE), Mr. Indra Guha (Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change, Thinkthrough Consulting Pvt. Ltd), Mr. Nimai Lila Das (Chief Sustainability Officer, Govardhan Ecovillage), Mr. Sandeep Roy Choudhury (Co-Founder, VNV Advisory Services). 

XUB believes in offering a platform for quality discussions on emerging issues and trends. The university organises a plethora of superlative conclaves to ameliorate the students’ learning experience. Parivartan is one such business conclave aimed at providing an enriching and interactive session about the various sustainable investing opportunities.

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