74TH FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION OF UTKAL UNIVERSITY.Utkal University is a heritage institution in Odisha- Governor.
Bhubaneswar- Dt. 27.11.2016 (by Biswaranjan Mishra) -In a knowledge economy, universities are the most important mechanism we have for generating and preserving, disseminating, and transforming knowledge into wider social and economic benefits. There is increasing importance of knowledge in economic activity. Accumulation of knowledge acts as the fundamental driving force. While the role of the university is of renewed importance, its institutional integrity must be preserved through a strengthening of its ability to create and disseminate knowledge, said Governor & Chancellor Dr. S.C. Jamir. Addressing in the 74th foundation day of Utkal University, Governor said, Universities’ role in shaping the ambition and personal performance of young people is paramount. By educating our youth, universities must also be incubators of global citizens, and generators of future leadership. We should aspire to inculcate a view of the world that is broad, multifaceted and interconnected. Put briefly, we should aspire to teach “how to think”, and not just “what to think”.The University community has a responsibility to ensure that sanctity of the campus is protected from indiscipline and evil attempts to undermine university reputation. Sanctity with cleanliness makes the University a thriving centre of learning. Cleanliness is a social value which needs to be inculcated within youth. I am happy that Utkal University takes keen interest in making Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission success in the campus. I congratulate the University for making students the “stake-holders” in the cleanliness campaign. I encourage them to make it an attitude of keeping common areas and work place clean and help accomplishing the vision of a ‘Clean India’, Governor added..Outlining the role of universities in the present time Governor said, the quest to create “world-class” universities has become something of a global obsession. Governments across the world have put the development of competitive higher education and research systems at the heart of their national economic strategies. Rankings are carefully and primarily designed to capture excellence in teaching and research. We must strengthen the research capacity of our universities, and its translation into economic impact.Terming Utkal University as the Mother University in the state, Governor said, Utkal University is a heritage institution in Odisha and today it has the history to look back over seven decades of progress and its evolution as an important centre for higher learning. Despite challenges, the University occupies a pre-eminent role in the educational landscape for young people in the 20th century. It has been playing a key role in fostering academic excellence from its inception. This University promotes academic leadership as exemplified by its distinguished alumni. It has produced leaders in various fields. The long list of scholars, scientists, faculties, social activists, sportspersons that emerged from this University were Pan-Indian in outlook and achievement. The University is more than just an education institution; it is a critical meeting point of diverse ideas.Vice-Chancellor Prof. A.K. Das highlighted the contribution of Utkal University to the growth of Odisha Tapan Chand, CMD, NALCO stressed upon industry institute interaction and future collaboration of Nalco with the University.Prof. R.K. Baral, Chairman, PG Council, M.K. Biswal, Registrar, Director, Students Welfare among others spoke on the occasion.Governor inaugurated Virtual Tutorial Lab. under RUSA and Institute of Teacher Education. Gold medals and prizes were distributed to successful students of the university in different categories.