Archive for September, 2011

Update on National Law University of Odisha: will join CLAT; many unique features

Following is from a report in

National Law University, Orissa (NLUO) has finally decided to join Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) of 2012.

The decision was taken at the meeting of the University Executive Council chaired by Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NLUO. …

NLUO, which came into being in 2009, was conducting its own admission test till date. For the last three consecutive years, the NLUO admission test was receiving highest compliments from renowned evaluators of law tests from all over the country. …

However, the Executive Council has taken a stand to become a part of the mainstream law entrance test because the students shall now give higher preference to NLUO due to good reputation carved by it in the last three years.

What sets NLUO apart from other law schools is its integration of knowledge by the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach: a student from a Social Science stream can opt for a Management course and vice- versa. The introduction of courses like Mining Law, Food Law, Water Law, Energy Law, Agricultural Law and Legal Journalism also adds to the uniqueness of the university. In addition, NLUO has also launched a unique conjoint Ph.D-LLM program that will include intensive teachers’ training program, Educational Psychology, learning tools and stipends. Unlike other Ph.D courses offered nationwide, this research program by NLUO provides LLM degree as a by product. …

September 29th, 2011

After Chandigarh, Gwalior, Mumbai and Mysore the fifth Zonal Institute of Education and Training (ZIET) to come up in Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.

… Kendriya Vidyalay Sangathan (KVS) has decided to set up a Zonal Institute of Education and Training (ZIET) in Bhubaneswar. This will be the fifth such institute in the country and will cater to over 350 schools of eastern region as a resource centre for states like Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and the northeast states.

"Earlier we had to depend on other ZIETs for the purpose of conducting in-service training, refresher courses, workshop and induction courses and research activities. The ZIET in Bhubaneswar will cater to the need of not only teaching but also non-teaching staff of schools. Besides, it will also help in preparation of model lessons and study material, to plan and propose the new areas and strategies required to be incorporated during the training programme to improve the quality of education," said principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya-1, S K Behura.

The ZIET will temporarily function from KV-I till its own building will be constructed in its permanent KVS building at Bankuala, on the outskirts of the city, Behura said.

ZIET, an autonomous body under the ministry of HRD, would also ensure that the participants are provided training in the areas of subject expertise, communication skills, classroom transaction skills, evaluation skills and student-development skills. It also aims at promoting a positive work culture and attitude among teachers through training and develop a healthy attitude in teachers towards research in school education. …

"Initially ZIET will provide training to KVS staff but later will also help in capacity building of employees of all CBSE schools in the region," Behura added.

The web sites of the existing ZIET are as follows:


September 28th, 2011

Sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs in Odisha (Work in Progress)

Several business schools in Odisha, especially in Bhubaneswar, have started offering sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs. In this positing we will collect those programs.

Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar: The following ad shows the sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs offered by this institute.

HDF School of Management: Besides a P G Diploma in Managemnt, HDF offers a PG Diploma in Microfinance management.

Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar: Besides the standard P G Diploma in Management, it offers programs in (a) P G Diploma in Management – Human Resource and (b) P G Diploma in Rural Management.

KIIT Business School, Bhubaneswar: It offers a regular MBA and an MBA (Rural Management).

Asian School of Business Management, Bhubaneswar: Besides offering a regular PGDM (P G Diploma in Management), it offers programs such as (a) PGDM (International Business), (b)  PGDM (Retail Management), (c) PGDM (Banking, Insurance & Financial Servives), and (d) PGDM (Logistics & Supply Chain Management)

1 comment September 26th, 2011

List of faculty at IIIT Bhubaneswar and their qualification

Further updated on April 4, 2012.

Further updated on February 4, 2012. These updates are in pink.

Further updated on December 7, 2011. These updates are in red.

The following was compiled from and on September 23rd, 2011. (For an older list compiled in March 2011 see

Computer Science:

  1. Dr. Gopal Krishna Nayak, B. Tech (IIT Kharagpur), PGDM (IIM Bangalore), Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), Professor & Director
  2. Mr. Ajit Kumar Das, B. Tech (IIT Kharagpur), M. Tech (UU), Ph.D. Continuing (UU), Professor & Dean
  3. Dr. Rakesh Chandra Balabantaray, M. Tech (UU), Ph. D. (UU), Assistant Professor
  4. Dr. Anjali Mohapatra, M. Tech. (UU), Ph. D. (UU), Assistant Professor
  5. Ms Puspanjali Mohapatra, M. Tech.(UU), MBA, Assistant Professor
  6. Dr. Debasish Jena, BE, M.Tech.(UU),Ph.D.(NIT, Rourkela), Assistant Professor
  7. Dr. Alok Chakrabarty , Ph.D. (Assam Univerisity), Assistant Professor 
  8. Dr. Hemanta Kumar Pati , Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor
  9. Mr. Suvendu Rup ,B.E(UU) , M.Tech.(Jadavpur University), Ph.D. continuing (NIT Rourkela), Assistant Professor
  10. Dr. Sudarsan Padhy, Ph.D,  Professor (Retired from Utkal University)
  11. Ms. Bharati Mishra, M.Tech, Assistant Professor  (NEW)
  12. Mr. Sabyasachi Patra, M.Tech, Assistant Professor (NEW)
  13. Mr. Tushar Ranjan Sahoo, M.Tech (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  14. Mr. Muktikanta Sahu, M. Tech. (BPUT), Lecturer
  • Dr. Shakti Ranjan Mohapatra, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, from CITE Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. Ajit Nayak, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, from ITER, SOA University Bhubaneswar

Electrical Engineering:

  1. Ms. Usharani Rout, M. Tech.(BIT, Mesra), Assistant Professor
  2. Mr. Tapas Kumar Panigrahi , M. Tech.(Bengal Engineering College), Assistant Professor
  3. Ms. Umamani Subudhi , M.Tech.(UCE, Burla), Assistant Professor
  4. Mr. Debani Mishra, M.Tech (IIT Delhi), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  5. Mr. Kshirod K Rout, M.Tech, Assistant Professor (NEW)
  6. Mr. Saroj Mishra, (IITKharagpur), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  7. Mr. Prakash Kumar Ray, M.Tech (UCE Burla), Ph.D (cont. at MNNIT), Assistant Professor.


  1. Mr. Harish Kumar Sahoo ,M.Tech.(NIT,Rourkela),Ph.D. continuing (Sambalpur University), Assistant Professor
  2. Mr. Ashutosh Kar, M.Tech (NIT Hamirpur), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  3. Mr. Rajat K Giri, M.Tech, Assistant Professor (NEW)
  4. Mr. Subrat Mohanty, M.Tech (BESU), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  5. Dr. M. Ravi Kumar, M.Tech (CUSAT), Ph.D (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  6. Mr. Pradyut K Biswal, M.Tech, Assistant Professor (NEW)
  7. Mr. Bijayanada Patnaik. M.Tech. Continuing Ph.D. (IIT BBS) Assistant Professor.
  8. Mr. Ratnakar Dash , M. Tech.(UCE, Burla), Ph.D.continuing (NIT, Rourkela), Lecturer
  9. Mr. Soumendranath Dutta, M.Tech, Ph.D (cont)., Assistant Professor.
  • Mr. Tapas Patra, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar

Mechanical Engineering:

  1. Mr. Bamadev Sahoo, M. Tech. (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor
  2. Mr. Biranchi Narayan Padhi , M. Tech.(UCE, Burla), Ph.D. continuing (NIT Rourkela), Assistant Professor
  • Dr. L. N. Panda, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. P. K. Satapathy, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar


  1. Dr. Monalisa Ray, M.Phil., Ph.D.(UU), Assistant Professor
  2. Dr. Biswajit Pradhan, Ph.D.(IIT Bombay), Assistant Professor
  • Mr. R. K. Parida, Visiting Faculty, From ITER,  SOA University


  1. Dr. Satyanarayan Pal, Ph.D.(CU, Hyderabad), Assistant Professor
  2. Dr. Hiranmayee Satapathy, Ph.D.(IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor


  1. Dr. Rupaj Kumar Nayak, Ph.D.(UU), Assistant Professor
  2. Dr. Prasanta K Ray, Ph.D. (NIT Rourkela), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  3. Dr. Sanjay Parhi, Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor (NEW)
  4. Dr. Shanta Kumar Sunanda, Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor.
  5. Dr. Manas Ranjan Tripathy , Ph.D .(IIT Kharagpur), Lecturer


  1. Ms. Lipika Das, Lecturer, M. A., M.Phil., Ph.D.continuing (UU) – Communicative English, Assistant Professor
  2. Dr. Tanutrushna Panigrahi, Ph. D. (Berhampur University) – Communicative English, Assistant Professor
  3. Jolly Dey; Humanities, Assistant Professor
  • Mr. Bhawani Shankar Mishra, Humanities, Visiting faculty.

3 comments September 25th, 2011

Utkal University ranks at 21 in the 2011 India Today University rankings

This ranking seems to be mainly based on perception and seems to me that the comparative assessment for Utkal University is a fair one and matches with my perception of the success achieved by Utkal University graduates.

1 comment September 21st, 2011

Dr. Subrat K. Acharya, HOD and professor of Gastroenterology at AIIMS New Delhi has been offered the Directorship of the AIIMS-like institute in Bhubaneswar

Following is an excerpt from a report in Times of India.

Four top doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been chosen as directors for the four upcoming AIIMS prototypes. The Union health ministry has sent a letter to professor of neurology Dr Kameshwar Prasad, professors of medicine Dr S K Sharma and Dr Rita Sood and professor of gastroenterology Dr S K Acharya offering them the coveted posts.

While Dr Prasad has been asked to take over the institute in Raipur, Dr Sharma has been offered the Jodhpur branch, Dr Sood the Rishikesh branch and Dr Acharya the Bhubaneswar branch. All of them have been asked to join on November 1.

… Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha recently that the medical colleges of these six institutions will be functional by next year. Ministry officials said the colleges would be functional from July, 2012, while the hospitals would be in place by early 2013.

"For the first year of medical education, students don’t require hospital visits. That’s why the colleges will start from next year," an official said.

Each of the six medical colleges – a Rs 10,000-crore project – will have 100 MBBS seats. Each of the hospitals will have 960 beds, including 500 beds for the medical college hospital, 300 beds for speciality/super speciality and 100 beds for ICU/accident trauma.

The Union health ministry has also put three of the best known existing medical institutes – AIIMS, Delhi; JIPMER, Puducherry; and PHI, Chandigarh, in charge of helping the six new institutes stand on their feet. AIIMS, Delhi, has been mentoring the two new institutions in Patna and Bhubaneswar, PGI has been mentoring those coming up in Rishikesh and Jodhpur, while JIPMER has been overseeing the prototypes in Bhopal and Raipur.

"The existing institutes will help the new ones select their faculty, establish their laboratory network, conduct entrance exams and plan their curriculum," an official added.

The web page of the AIIMS New Delhi Department of Gastroenterology is at and lists Prof. Subrat K Acharya as its HOD.

A doctor friend tells me that Prof. Subrat K Acharya did his MBBS from SCB Medical College, Cuttack.

Update: Prof. Acharya did his MBBS from MKCG Medical college; but he was a faculty at SCB medical college before he went to AIIMS New Delhi.

8 comments September 20th, 2011

Odia University campaign and efforts

There is a good campaign going on for the Odia University. I fully support this proposal. Details on this can be found in:

See also the following flier.

September 18th, 2011

Lots of empty seats in professional courses even after a second counseling

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

At the end of the first phase of web counselling for engineering courses, around 12,000 of the 38,000-odd seats were filled up. The huge number of empty seats forced the state government to conduct another round of counselling “to fill up as many seats as possible”. However, OJEE authorities said just about 3,000 more candidates have shown interest in admission, which still leaves more than 23,000 seats vacant.

… The faulty and lengthy e-counselling process has put off many aspirants, forcing them to look for other options,” said the principal of a city-based engineering college.

For the medical courses, the second phase of centralised counselling ended last evening. Although MBBS and BDS (dental) seats in all the three government colleges were filled up, 70 of 100 BDS seats at the Hi-Tech (private) Medical College here were still lying vacant.

There are 150 MBBS seats each in the government colleges – VSS, Burla, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, and MKCG, Berhampur. At Hi-Tech, there are 100 MBBS seats and all of them have been filled up. This year, a total of 2,203 medical aspirants had qualified the OJEE and the first phase of counselling was conducted on July 14 and 15.

In other streams, only 40 to 60 per cent seats have found takers. Approximately 4,000 of the 7,000-odd MBA seats and 2,000 of nearly 4,000 MCA seats are up for grabs. In pharmacy, around 1,200 out of 2,000-plus seats are lying vacant.

With much more seats than the number of students, the government, OJEE and BPUT authorities need to simplify and shorten the process of counseling. They may also consider scrapping the OJEE exams in the various fields, except the medical part.

5 comments September 15th, 2011

IIT council decides to charge 2 lakhs/year for students who do not go onto academics via M.Tech/Ph.D

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

The IIT Council today decided that subsidy on tuition fees for BTech courses should be given only to those students who pursue research and take up teaching jobs.

The council, chaired by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal, considered the report of the Anil Kakodkar committee which had suggested that operational costs for running the four-year courses should be covered by raising fees.

Students now pay Rs 50,000 as annual tuition fee. The operational cost per student comes to about Rs 2 lakh a year.

The council today decided that from 2013, students would have to pay the balance Rs 6 lakh if they take up a non-teaching job after graduation.

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students, who do not have to pay any fees now, and students from poor families, who are on scholarship or have been granted interest subsidy loans, will, however, be exempt.

Students who study for MTech and PhD and take up teaching after that would not have to pay the Rs 6 lakh.

September 15th, 2011

The innovative Vice Chancellor Scholar scheme at Ravenshaw University will have impact

Following is an excerpt from Shilpi Sampad’s report in Telegraph.

The prestigious Cuttack university has come up with a novel concept where postgraduate toppers are being given an opportunity to take classes at the undergraduate level in their respective fields for one year. Fourteen toppers have been appointed as “vice-chancellor’s scholars” to be part of their respective departments not only to teach but also to assist in research work, maintain archives and other work. They would be paid a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs 8,000 from the university funds, said varsity officials.

“The toppers will be involved in departmental functioning and attached to the V-C’s office for executive assistance,” said Chandi Prasad Nanda, head of the history department at Ravenshaw University.

Stating that the programme was the brainchild of vice-chancellor Devdas Chhotray, Nanda said the objective was to guide meritorious students and encourage them to take up teaching as a profession.

“The idea behind this novel initiative is to motivate young scholars to engage themselves in teaching and research work. Here, they would work as interns and can, simultaneously, pursue M.Phil programmes. Through this exposure, they can be sensitised to research trends and pick up teaching skills. It would also prepare them for competitive exams,” said Dipti Ranjan Sahu, head of the sociology department.

The toppers, who have been taking classes since the beginning of this month, seemed happy and excited about being given this opportunity.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime. I can now understand how difficult a teacher’s job is. We take one to two classes a day and look after other activities of the department. Although it is slightly hectic, I am enjoying every bit of being a teacher,” said Kaikashna Begum, a V-C scholar and gold medallist of the political science department.

This is a wonderful scheme and would encourage many of the toppers to pursue academics, which will help help alleviate the faculty shortage in India.

September 14th, 2011

DAV Chandrasekharpur ranked number 28 in India by; DAV Chandraskharpur(2), DAV Bhubaneswar(9), DPS Kalinga(17) and KIIT international(20) ranked in the eastern zone

Following are excerpts from

Among other primary-secondaries which have improved their public image and zoomed into the list of India’s Top 30 day schools are the formerly unranked Mirambika, Delhi (27), DAV, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar (28) and Bombay International (29).

Thus further investigation of the national league table reveals that Gitanjali School, Hyderabad (estb.1985) is the No. 1 day school in Hyderabad and the southern state of Andhra Pradesh (pop.85 million), no mean achievement. Likewise the Riverside School, ranked a modest No. 13 nationally is the No. 1 day school of Ahmedabad and the western seaboard state of Gujarat (pop. 60 million); DAV, Chandrasekharpur is the No. 1 day school of Orissa (pop. 42 million); St. John’s High is No.1 in Punjab, and City Montessori, Gomti Nagar, ranked No.50 nationally is Lucknow’s most respected day school and fifth in Uttar Pradesh — India’s most populous state (200 million).

The following article from Sambada mentions couple of other schools from Odisha that are ranked high in the eastern zone. The eastern zone ranked schools are: DAV Chandrasekharpur (2), DAV Bhubaneswar (9), DPS Kalinga (17) and KIIT international school (20).

3 comments September 13th, 2011

Odisha is behind other states with respect to medical colleges and number of seats

Following is from a PIB news release dated 2nd September 2011.

1 comment September 4th, 2011


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