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Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:10 Written by


Students urge SP,Keonjhar to order impartial probe into ragging 

Keonjhar,11/08/18:Upset over an incident of ragging at Government Degree Engineering College in Keonjhar which allegedly took place August 8, students of 4th year met SP Jaynarayan Pankaj Saturday and urged him to order an impartial probe into the matter. 

Fourth year students were accused of ragging 3rd year students. After the news incident became public, their career was in jeopardy. 

They alleged To the SP, that some lecturers were behind the screen and by playing a vital role (?). 

As per the allegation sought by senior students some Faculty members  instigated junior students to bring up false charges against us. 

 Following the incident, studies and peace in the college have hampered. 

The 4th year students alleged that some 3rd year students had gone to the residence of the hostel superintendent to complaint about the frequent power cuts Wednesday night. 

 A meeting was held at the hostel in the presence of the 3rd year students. In order that the meeting was not disturbed, food serving was stopped while a student fell sick all of a sudden, the senior students alleged. 

200 girl students have been staying in the college hostel, but they have been facing a lot of problems due to frequent power cuts. Water is not available to them when electricity goes out. 

Some 3rd year students had taken up the issue with the hostel-in-charge. Before that, the 4th year students had appraised the hostel-in-charge of the problem. 

It was alleged that the senior students were angry with junior students because the former did not like the latter to intimate the issue to the authorities again. 

When the senior students asked the juniors about it, heated arguments ensured between them. 

Thereafter, junior students had not taken dinner and alleged that their seniors had abused them and not allowed them to eat. 

A complaint of ragging had been lodged with the hostel superintendent. The college authorities had ordered a probe by an anti-ragging squad.



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Urban Management &Governance Business Conclave –Samavesh’18

Friday, 10 August 2018 13:27 Written by


Bhubaneswar,10/08/18:HabituX - The Students Association of Xavier Centre for Urban Management and Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) conducted its first Business Conclave of the year, Samavesh 2018, at the Xavier City campus, on August 10, 2018. The theme of the event was “Complex Cities – Managing Urban Challenges”.

Attended by the enthusiastic and eager-to-learn batch of future urban managers, the gathering was graced by the presence of experts from both core industry and the industries ancillary to the urban sector, along with the reputed faculty members of XUB, including Prof. KajriMisra (Dean, Xavier School of Rural Management), Fr. E. A. Augustine, S.J. (Registrar, XUB), Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. (Vice Chancellor &Director, XUB), Mr. Susanta Sharma (Head-Global Alliance, Smart Cities, TATA Projects), Mr. Kiran Kumar (Deputy General Manager, Smart Cities and Safe Cities, L&T), Mr. Vikas Chandra (Advisor, Deloitte), Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik (Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities, Surat), Mr. Ashish Khare (General Manager and Global Head, Smart Cities and IoT, Wipro), Ms. Annie Phillip (Lead - compliance and regulatory policy, Saahas Zero Waste), Mr. Sai Vidya Sagar Manthina (Vice President, Fluent Grid Ltd.), Mr. Rajesh Jain (HR Head, SREI), Mr. Saurabh Jain (Business Advisory Head, Feedback Infra), Col. Prakash Tewari (Executive Director, CSR DLF), CA Shomdip Ghosh (Finance, Accounting and Institutional Reforms Specialist, Darashaw) and Mr. RipuBhamjan Singh (Monitoring and Evaluation - Knowledge Management Specialist, Deloitte).

The conclave started by lighting of the ceremonial lamp, followed by an address delivered by Prof. KajriMisra, Dr. Fr. Paul Fernandes, S.J. and Fr. E. A. Augustine, S.J., who briefly delineated how the theme is important and should be widely discussed. They further elucidated how 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 into inception, and how the industry has responded in the most positive way by appreciating the college for pioneering the course. The business conclave was conducted in three sessions; each with varied sub-theme, with industry veterans addressing the same.

The first session began on a high note with Prof. Tathagata Chatterjee moderating with panel consisting of five industry experts. Mr. Susanta Sharma discussed about the importance of governance quoting “Governance is said to be successful, when the benefit reaches the poorest of the poor”. Stating the importance of smart governance, he highlighted the need for citizen participation, and employment being the key of development. Topics regarding Smart transportation systems like ATCS (Adaptive Traffic Control System) and ITMS (Interim Traffic Management System) were briefly conferred. Mr. Kiran Kumar from L&T was the next panellist, questioning the audience on the readiness of infrastructure, followed by a briefing on Smart Cities, E-Governance and command-control base. He also focussed on artificial intelligence, video analytics and face recognition; further questioning how secure we are digitally, protection of data and data collection. Next up from the panel was Mr. Vikas Chandra, who started his presentation with a video showcasing varied projects taken up and executed by the government, like the Kanha Riverfront Development, Bhopal Public Bike Sharing, Social Equity Centre, Pune Smart Roads, etc. in varied cities. He also explained how we have come a long way from “reluctant urbanisers” to making “urban-centric plans”. Mr. Kamlesh Yagnik, engaged the audience with resilient city features and how resilience and ‘smart’ go hand in hand. He focused on the city of Surat, where he is the Chief Resilience Officer, explaining how different factors are used to measure a city Liveability Index and compared different cities to highlight how each city is different, and how the challenges faced by each of them varies. Mr. Ashish Khare took the dais quoting “We created cities, scarcity of clean water, violence and crime, Yet, who do people blame?”.

The second session began with bustling energy from the previous session with Prof. Mayank Dubey as the moderator. Ms. Annie Philip majorly focused on solid waste management; providing varied ways to start catering to this major issue from the very basic level, which is our households. She also shed light on the informal and formal workers and various firms catering to this specific problem and handling it at thegrassroot level. Mr. Manthina took a very interactive approach, showcasing opportunities in urbanization with two hundred odd fields being connected to urban. Accentuating the transport facilities, including the roads, and comparing it to the conditions in previous years, he elucidated on how they have improved tremendously due to the Golden Corridor. Last on this panel was Mr. Rajesh Jain, with an extensive experience across different domains,within the industry.  He stressed on the virtuous cycle of growth and the importance of proper infrastructure at the same time. He highlighted how difficult it is to fund risky projects, talking about times when they come to a standstill.

Post lunch, the third session started with moderator, Prof. Nalin Ranjan, briefing the audience about non-metro cities. Mr. Saurabh Jain emphasized the challenges of urban development in non-metro cities while comparing two of the largest urban cities, Delhi NCR and Mumbai; and how only municipality is covered under smart city out of the four. The drastic increase in population and factors of migration like the push and pull factors were the focus of his presentation. Col. Prakash Tewari was an engaging speaker, interacting with the students with every new topic. He catered to the informative session on Public-Private Partnership mode in Gurgaon, along with how it has grown through the years, with the challenges it faces. The second last speaker for the day was Mr. Shomdip Ghosh who stressed on water supply projects and lack of urban local body level reforms. Last to take the dais was Mr. RipuBhamjan Singh, who emphasized on the resource generation from reusable sources of energy, which is available in abundance like the solar power, wind etc.

The session was concluded with an insightful question and answers round with the experts; followed by Ms. Manisha Choraria, the Coordinator of HabituX, giving the vote of thanks to all the experts and the faculty.


Thursday, 09 August 2018 08:15 Written by

Report;Manoj Kant Dash,Odishabarta 

Berhampur,09/08/18:Odisha Government established for a transparent inquiry headed by a senior IAS,Prashant Kumar Das,additional secretary ,Higher education, to inquire the various allegation and issues  against the Vice Chancellor of Berhampur University and to submit a report to government and Chancellor office at an early date.

Sources ,earlier the students union alleged financial irregularities in utilisation of funds of Berhampur University and demanded a CBI and Vigilance probe into various ‘discrepancies’ and demanded strict action against all those involved. The student leaders have also threatened to go on an indefinite strike if an inquiry is not initiated at an early date.

They submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister office, Chancellor Office as well to the Secretary of Higher Education many times. 

In their memorandum the Students Union pointed out serious irregularities in funds released under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (Rusa) and UGC. “These funds are being mismanaged and spent lavishly by the present Vice Chancellor ”,Vice-Chancellor adopted to renovate the faculty club into his quarters, the students alleged that no tender was floated for work(?). It is important to note that the VC has a staff quarter allotted to him on the campus. The union leaders also blamed the Vice Chancellor is the main mastermind  for shutdown of Distance Education course in the varsity arbitrarily, which has affected thousands.

They denounce the VC for reportedly using derogatory language as and when they have wished to meet him. “We don’t want to hear statements like ‘Let the University go to hell. Let Odisha go to hell.’ from a Vice-Chancellor,” The leaders said.

In reaction the Vice Chancellor said, “I have invited to the leaders of Students Union to discuss but they did not” (!), I believe, these are just to satisfy their personal interest. I have not allowed any kind of approval to illegal works within the varsity”. 

People of entire southern Odisha now eagerly waiting for the outcome of the inquiry report of  Prashant Das.

UMG Business Conclave –Samavesh’18

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:52 Written by


Bhubaneswar,08/08/18:Xavier Center of Urban Management and Governance, (X-UMG) will be hosting its annual business conclave, Samavesh, on August 10th, 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 UMGto deliberate over the theme for the event, which is, “‘Complex Cities’ – Managing Urban Challenges”.

Many of the economic, social and environmental challenges that we are facing have a strong urban dimension. Rapid population growth, aging population, shrinking and growing cities, climate change, biodiversity loss, disaster risks, migration, unemployment, and social exclusion are some of the major problems affecting citizens living in the urban environment. Thus, making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable is a global objective that requires innovative and integrated solutions, by promoting multi-stakeholder cooperation within a multi-level governance framework. 

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, Mr.Susanta Sharma (Head, Global Alliance-Smart Cities, TATA Projects), CA Shomdip Ghosh (Darashaw), Mr.KamleshYagnik (Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities, Surat), Ms. Annie Philip (Lead, Compliance and Regulatory Policy, Saahas Zero Waste), Mr. RipuBhanjan Singh (Monitoring and Evaluation/Knowledge Management Specialist, USAID), Mr. Sai VidyaSagarManthina (Vice President, FluentGrid Ltd.) and Mr. Kiran Kumar HM (Deputy General Manager, Smart Cities and Safe City, L&T). 

XUB believes in offeringa platform for quality discussions on emerging issues and trends. The university organises a plethora of superlative conclaves to ameliorate the students’ learning experience. Samaveshis one such business conclave aimed at providing an enriching interactive session with respect to managing urban challenges.

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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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