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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar celebrated its 9th Foundation Day on 12th February 2017. Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of State - Independent Charge, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt. of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest and inaugurated the function. Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Director, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) was the Guest of Honour and delivered the Foundation Lecture.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Ji Hon’ble Minister in his address mentioned that IITs have huge contribution not only in the field of Science and Technology but to create a knowledge ecosystem to have greater impact over the world. Addressing the students and the audience Shri Pradhan said that , "India, particularly the state of Odisha, with its culture richness and heritage, can surpass any country in the world if an institution, such as the IIT Bhubaneswar, takes up the challenge in providing the leadership”. He assured all the help from the central government in the process. He gladly offered to mentor the institute activities in any direction for taking it to new heights and challenge the students to be aggressive and vibrant and contribute largely in the field of innovation and research which can befit the poor man of the country.
Prof. R. V. Raja Kumar Director of the Institute while welcoming the Chief Guest and other dignitaries of the function and extended his heart-felt thanks to the Hon’ble Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan Ji for his august presence on the 9th foundation day function. The Director reiterated fulfillment of the expectation of the student community in making the shifting to the permanent campus to a reality in lesser than one and half years time and expressed that the Institute will look forward in making the IIT Bhubaneswar in very high standards matching up to the expectations. He also promised that the Institute will gracefully contribute to the societal development with dedicated student and faculty engagements.
The Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar also conveyed his best wishes to the students, faculty and staff on the Foundation Day through the telephonic conversation with the Chief Guest.
The Chief Guest gave away the excellence awards to the following faculty members for best of their contributions in innovative teaching based on the feedback received from the students.
Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Guest of Honour in his Foundation Day Lecture delivered an excellent talk on journey of life in the light of Dr. C V Raman highlighting discovery of Raman effect which resulted getting the Nobel prize. He was the first Indian and Asian to get this award. On this occasion, he reminded the audience about the message given by Prof. C V Raman to the nation. The programme was attended by many heads of the national level institutions in Odisha including NISER, AIIMS, IOP, IIM, ILS, CET etc.
Prof. V R Pedireddi, Dean Student Affairs proposed the vote of thanks.
The Institute celebrated its Foundation Day with cultural programme showcased by SPIC MACAY.