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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 04:55 Written by


Celebrating 200 Years of Language Journalism 

“Indian language journalism has an exceptional  future ahead.”

 Dhenkanal,06/08/18: Celebrating 200 years of Indian language journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal organized a seminar on  ‘Future of language journalism’ here on Monday. Speaking on this occasion, senior media academician professor Subir Ghosh seemed quite optimistic regarding the future of Indian language journalism and said, “Indian language journalism has an exceptional  future ahead.”

Deliberating on ‘Future of language journalism’  Ghosh said, “A huge chunk of India’s population is yet to be educated. Statistics say that the literacy rate of the country is growing rapidly. Hence, it’s safe to presume that there is a greater number of readers which will consume media content in the future. This increasing number of readers will lead to a tremendous growth in the news industry and Indian language news outlets will be the prime beneficiaries.”

The seminar, organized in association with Odisha State Open University (OSOU) and Odisha Journalists Union (OJU) was graced by Prof. Subir Ghosh, Registrar of OSOU Dr Jayant Kar Sharma, HOD of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Nagarjuna University Dr Anita Gaddipaty, Senior Journalist Sandeep Sahu and Editor of Daily Hiranchal Jugal Kishor Samal and Head of the Institute Prof. Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee. Dr. Gaddipaty deliberated on the evolution of Telugu Journalism while Ghosh and Samal shared their views on Bangla and Odia journalism respectively. Sandeep Sahu deliberated on the future of Broadcast and Digital media in Odisha. The deliberations were followed by question-answer sessions where the dignitaries responded to the queries of the students.

Dr. Chatterjee, in his curtain-raising speech, said, “Indian Language Journalism has a bright history, is having a bright present and will definitely have a bright future. Of course, there have been challenges and these challenges will remain in the future also. But if the budding generation of journalists prepares itself for these challenges and have the courage not to compromise with the core professional and ethical values, language journalism will shine in future like it has always has.” 

Dr. Anita, on the other hand, pondered upon the importance of raising local issues in the regional news outlets. She said, “Regional media is ought to fight for the regional cause. It has to portray the stories the region and raise the voice in their favor in order to maintain it’s readers’ base. So in a way, Language newspapers not only protect the language but also protect the regional interest.”

Dr. Kar Sharma opined, “The government should take necessary steps to protect the interests of the fourth pillar of the democracy. Like Judiciary, media can work  for the betterment of the society is made a part of the Democratic establishment.”

Notably, the first language newspaper, Digdarshan in Bengali was published in 1818 and 4 August happens to be Odia Journalism Day. On this day in 1866, the first Odia newspaper UtkalDeepika was published. IIMC tried to celebrate these two historic events through this seminar.


Tuesday, 07 August 2018 04:50 Written by


August 06, 2018, (Angul):JSPL Foundation, the CSR Arm of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL), has announced two scholarship programme – OP Jindal Star and OP Jindal Jewel – for economically weaker meritorious students from the vicinity area of its operations across India, including Angul, Barbil and Tensa in Odisha. Through the Scholarship programmes, to be launched on 88th Birth Anniversary of Shri OP Jindal on August 7, 2018, the Foundation aims to promote education in rural areas and provide opportunities to high performing students who are underprivileged and have low financial means for their higher studies as well as technical education. 

Under OP Jindal Star scholarship programme, eligible students will be given scholarship of Rs. 12000 per year and a certificate to pursue education after class 10. Total 20 eligible students from each state will be given this scholarship, on the basis of their mark secured in Class 10. The Scholarship will be given for two years, subject to review after Class 11. In order to encourage girl students 30% of the scholarships will be awarded to girl students. 

OP Jindal Jewel scholarship is mainly for encouraging meritorious students,belonging to economically weaker sections, to pursue graduation course, including Engineering, medical and law. Under this programme, the selection of students will be based on their mark secured in Class 12 exam and their score in national eligibility tests like JEE, NEET, CLAT and others. Total 50 students from the country will be given this scholarship and 30% of the scholarship will be given to girl students. Each eligible students will get Rs. 40,000/- per year as financial support for three to five years, depending upon the course in which they get enrolled. However, renewal of the scholarship each year will be done on the basis of annual performance of the students their respective courses. 

In order to focus upon meritorious students belong to the economically weaker sections, the geography for awarding the scholarship will be considered appropriately every year for inducting equity.  The scholarship amount in both the schemes will disbursed through the bank account of the students.  Special preference will be given to specially abled meritorious students. 

Expressing his happiness over announcement of both the schemes, Co-Chairperson of JSPL Foundation Smt. Shallu Jindal said, “One of the social objective of JSPL Foundation is to ensure that no meritorious students in our local community should be deprived of higher education only on account of dearth of financial means. I consider announcing OP Jindal Star and OP Jindal Jewels Scholarship is the best tribute to our revered founder Sri OP Jindal ji on his 88th Birthday. Education and Skilling initiative of JSPL Foundation are driving forces for our Chairman Sri Naveen Jindal’s Mission of making better tomorrow for India”. 

Education has been an important area of intervention for JSPL Foundation since its beginning. the foundation, inspired by the vision of JSPL’s Chairman ShriNaveen Jindal believes quality education is building block of India’s tomorrow. JSPL Foundation has already been providing financial support to more than 1000 economically weaker meritorious students across India for their higher studies through various scholarship schemes.

Business Conclave 'Privitti' – Xavier School of Commerce

Monday, 06 August 2018 02:18 Written by


Bhubaneswar,5th Aug,2018:InfinX, the Students Association of Master of Business Finance, Xavier School of Commerce (XSC), Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its very first Business Conclave, Privitti, of the year in the mini-auditorium at the Xavier City campus, on the august morning of August 5, 2018. The theme of the conclave was “Indian Banks: Past Reflections and Future Ambitions”. 

Attended by three batches of Master of Business Finance, Sustainability Management and Human Resources Management, the diverse gathering was graced by the presence of finance industry veterans and faculty members, including Dr.P.K.Mohanty (Dean, XSC), Prof. Vijaya Batth (Assistant professor, XSC), Mr. Naveen Goyal(Vice president and Country Head- Supply Chain Finance, IndusInd Bank),Mr. Vijay Pandey(Associate Vice President, Mango Financial Advisors LLP) and Mr.Prithviraj Srinivas(Chief Economist, Axis Capital). 

The Conclave started by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp, followed by an address delivered by Dr.P.K. Mohanty, the moderator, who delineated how the theme is important not only for the students of business finance, but to every person present for the conclave. He then concisely stressed on the importance of banking structure for the smooth functioning of the economic system, while discussing about the latest scenario in the field of finance like demonetization, digitalization of the system, etc. 

The first eminent speaker to take the dais was Mr.Naveen Goyal, who briefed about the basic structure of what a bank constitutes of, relation between the banking system and money: connecting with the past as well as the future. He then further elucidated the prime activities of a bank: what all does 'Letter of Credit' comprise and data management while comparing past trends to today's scenario. Topics like Block chain, P2P lending, and banking innovations were taken up, while stressing on how digitalization is becoming a common commodity while it was a luxury previously. 

Mr.Prithviraj Srinivas, the chief economist of Axis capital, was the second on the panel of experts for the conclave who wisely said, “Never let crisis go to waste". He then brushed upon topics like Monetary policy, Gross Non-Performing Assets, and Non-Performing Assets, which he elucidated by taking examples ofstress assets for different countries like Hungary, China,USA,etc.He also touched upon why the idea of public Asset Management Company will work in the future. He concluded by saying, “Crisis is a great teacher”. 

Finally, Mr. Vijay Pandey introduced the gathering to efficiency of the banking system, how it can be measured only by using financial and non-financial key indicators in all possible manners. He urged the audience to achieve what might seem unachievable, in the face of uncertainty. He further briefed about how the banks can improve their profitability, the concept of Prompt Corrective Action and different types of efficiencies. The concept of being vigilant is what he stressed the most about and encouraged everyone present to take risks if they wanted to achieve what they aimed for. 

The students present from varied schools of XUB got the opportunity to have a session of question and answer with the experts from the industry and kept the discussion.Prof. Vijaya Batth of XSC concluded the session by thanking the panelists for sharing their valuable experiences with everyone and extending the vote of thanks to everyone present who made this conclave possible.

XUB Business Conclaves from today in Bhubaneswar

Sunday, 05 August 2018 10:52 Written by

Odishabarta,Media Partner 

Bhubaneswar,05/08/18:The Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) is all set to host its annual business conclaves from today here. 

As per the schedule, the Xavier School of Commerce and  Masters in Business Finance (XSC-MBF) will organise the first conclave Privitti ’18 at Mini Auditorium of Xavier University on Sunday in Bhubaneswar. 

According to PR wing of XUB, five different conclaves will be organised in August inviting eminent business leaders to take part in the events. Other four conclaves will be held on different dates in August. they said. 

The conclave on the theme “Indian Banks: Past Reflections & Future Ambitions” will lay emphasis on the banking systems in India. 

Many Media houses and establishment have joined their hands as Media Partner for this conclave.

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 09:47 Written by


Dhenkanal,03/08/18:Celebrating 200 years of language journalism Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Dhenkanal is going to organize a seminar on  ‘Future of language journalism’ on 6 August, Monday. The first language newspaper, Digdarshan in Bengali was published in 1818.   

The seminar, organized in association with Odisha State Open University (OSOU) and Odisha Journalists Union (OJU) will be graced by senior media academician Subir Ghosh, Registrar of OSOU Jayant Kar Sharma, HOD of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Nagarjuna University Dr Anita Gaddipaty, Senior Journalist Sandeep Sahu and Editor of Daily Hiranchal Jugal Kishor Samal. As per the schedule,  Dr. Gaddipaty will deliberate on Telugu Journalism while Ghosh and Samal share their views on Bangla and Odia journalism respectively. Sandeep Sahu will deliberate on the future of Broadcast and Digital media in Odisha. 

It may be noted here that 4 August happens to be Odia Journalism Day. On this day in 1866 the first Odia newspaper Utkal Deepika was published.

Utkal University Teachers on Protest against administrative Apathy

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 11:52 Written by


Bhubaneswar,11, July 2018:In call by the Utkal University Teachers’ Association (UUTA), faculties of the university are into a prolonged protest against the apathy of the university administration and the State Higher Education Department from 10th July onwards. The demands include immediate implementation of Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), 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. The university administration is well known for its casual approach towards the issues for which rules are already framed long back by UGC and other regulatory bodies. Responding to this call by UUTA, hundreds of faculty members of the university performed their duties while wearing a black badge on 10th July 2018. 

It is worthwhile to note that under the career advancement scheme (CAS), although there are clear cut provisions for upgradation of teachers after fulfilment of certain norms and conditions, teachers had to wait for decades to get promoted. While the UGC regulations 2010 made it very clear that the university admission has to complete the process of scrutiny and interview within six months of application, a faculty from the Department of Mathematics whose promotion was due in 2013, appeared for interview on 28th February 2018, the day of her retirement,  after a lot of personal struggle and intervention by the UUTA members. Another senior faculty member got retired in June 2018  waiting for the interview for promotion. Around hundred faculty members are waiting for their confirmation after years of completion of their probation period. Most of the administrative units of the university including critical sections related to examination are running with one or two non teaching employees.  This not only results in a delay in usual activities, the authorities shamelessly involve faculty members in administrative activities to the extent that their academic works hamper. On average, faculty members perform around 50 hours per week in administrative responsibilities and only around 8-9 hours per week in actual academic work. 

Even if faculties forego a substantial part of their income towards house rent, the residential quarters are in dilapidated conditions deprived of regular repair for decades. Most of the faculty quarters which is currently used as residence become dangerous with intrusion of serpents, and electrocuted walls during rainy seasons. Sever lines are choked, colony roads are in pathetic conditions with damaged roads and without streetlights. On the other hand the university pays a huge amount of money towards water and electricity charges which are actually used by encroachers in and around the university campus. It is noteworthy to mention that over the years, 11 slums have been established in and around the campus with the tacit support of the local politicians. Residential areas, including the area in front of the Vice Chancellor residence become meeting hubs for romantic couples, mostly outsiders and at the day break, university roads especially those in the residential areas become dangerous with the movement anti -social elements, drug peddlers and thugs. There had been many instances of chain snatching in recent months. 

Although UGC had already abolished the post of reader and have laid down clear cut redesignation rules, the university, bypassing all rules of the UGC keeps on lingering the redesignation issue. 

The Utkal University Teachers’ Association had been vocal on all these issues and had submitted a memorandum to the authorities on 3rd March 2018. Although the Vice Chancellor had promised to look into the matter and do the needful before the end of the vacations, no substantial progress was made on these fronts. On 3rd June, the Members of UUTA submitted an ultimatum to the authorities and called for a protest against the administration. As per the programme, the faculties will protest against the administration wearing black badge while on duty between 10th and 16th July 2018. Between 17th till 22nd July the faculty members under the leadership of UUTA will congregate peacefully in front of the administrative block for an hour every day. From 23rd till 30th August, teachers will go for relay dharna in front of the administrative block and from 1st August onwards, UUTA has called for a relay hunger strike followed by an indefinite hunger strike. In his communication with the general body, UUTA Secretary Prof. KunjaBehari Panda has asserted that UUTA will not tolerate the apathy of the university administration anymore and would appeal the teaching community of all the universities of Odisha to join hands with the struggle of the Utkal teachers. On 8th July, the President of UUTA and the Convenor of the Federation of University Teachers Association (FOUTA), Prof Santosh K. Tripathy also lamented on the apathy of the university and the government in a press conference called for the implementation of the 7th Pay Revision Commission and called for an all Odisha protest by the university teachers in coming days.

RSP extended financial help to underprivileged students in Sundergarh district

Saturday, 07 July 2018 15:42 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta 

ROURKELA:Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Rourkela is a steel manufacturer giant and has been doing well in its core trade. Besides this, RSP has also helped many underprivileged students financially to pursue primary education and higher education in Sundergarh district, mostly targeting tribal students in the periphery and the Resettlement colonies. Recently RSP has identified few students who are financially weak and been paid scholarship among many others who have been taking scholarship for last 2-3 years. Among the students, Gyandeep Mundary of Jhirpani has taken his 5th installment of Rs.30,000 at a function organized by CSR department, who is a NIT student . He has already taken Rs.1.5 lakh for his higher education. Similarly, Ashrita Kindo of Rajgangpur who is pursuing her B.E at Vivekananda Institute of Technology in Bhubaneswar took the scholarship and appraised the effort made by RSP. It is worth mentioning that every year RSP identifies 20 SC/ST students who are economically backward from Sundergarh district pursuing Engineering .Medical, Agriculture and Management and pay them scholarship of Rs.60,000 for Post-Graduation  courses of 2 years and Rs.1.5 lakhs for graduation courses of 5 year duration. Besides this, RSP has also made scholarship scheme for 200 underprivileged students reading from class 1-12. Students pursuing Higher Secondary and Secondary education receive Rs.1000/ per month each while students pursuing Primary education get a monthly scholarship of Rs.900/-each. The selection of these students for scholarship is done by the office of the ADM, Rourkela. In addition to this,  tribal students from peripheral areas have been sponsored by RSP for free education at kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar. This is not all, financial assistance was also provided to  class X passed out students of Deepika Ispat Sikshya Sadan to pursue ITI and +2 course in different educational institutes. These are gem of activities done by RSP and for this cause many parents and students who have received scholarship are grateful and thank RSP for the endeavour.

Super 30 Institute produced Super 26 IITian this year, 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018 04:36 Written by

Report;Rajesh Mohapatra, Odishabarta 

Rourkela:A man of substance who had an early struggle life, born in a poor family and establish himself with sheer hard work, is now producing IITians from his own dream institute, Super 30 in Patna, Bihar a reputed institute in the country. As name specify, they take 30 students from poor background after having several scrutiny done by his institute. Today after the result is out for JEE Advance, 2018, 26 students out of 30 have qualified successfully. This has not done for the first time, they have done 100% result in the year 2008, 2009, 2010 and in 2017. This is nothing but a miracle which Anand Kumar has been doing every year since 2002 when he started Super-30 under his the banner of ‘Ramanujan School of Mathematics’ his lovable institute where he taught mathematics. He is a great mathematician. In his academics he did excellent in Mathematics, he was also qualified to do higher education in Cambridge University but he missed it because of financial problem. He closely observed what poverty is and how money squeezes the opportunities of the talented students who born in poor families. This thought has pushed him to make Super-30 where he doesn’t charge any money from anyone, even he provides them with study material and accommodation plus food for the students. Many of his students now have joined his hand and been teaching students in his institute whenever they get time. In last eight year 210 students out of 240 have joined different IITs in India. He always maintains a normal life and believes in teaching well to the students where they can build their career without any financial stress. He has also planned to spread it to different geographical areas in the country and for this now they are working tightly. The specialty of this institute is they don’t take any financial helps from anyone even Govt. or financial Institutions. Though they have received many proposals but still they are very confident on their principle. He finds money from his tutorials. His institute Super 30 has been selected in 2010 by Time Magazine, The Best of Asia in2010, News week magazine have included this institute among other four premiers institutes of the world. Anand Kumar has also been awarded by Bihar Government in November, 2010. Now a movie is going to be made, inspired from his institute and the name is selected as Super 30. Hritik Roshan will be casting as Anand Kumar in this movie. It will be a great tribute to him through this movie where people will see his work done for the poor students in big screen and it is expected to release next year.

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