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Excerpts from the executive summary of the Kakodkar committee report titled “Taking IITs to Excellence and Greater Relevance”

The report is available at http://www.education.nic.in/tech/KakodkarCommitteeReport-05132011.pdf. Thanks to Devasis Sarangi for the pointer. The members of this committee were: Anil Kakodkar (Chair), T. V. Mohandas Pai, Hari Bhartia, Ashok Jhunjhunwala, K. Mohandas, Ashok Thakur, M. Anandakrishnan, Gautam Barua, T. A. Gonsalves, K. Sudhakar and S. Ramesh Babu. Following are excerpts from the executive summary of the report.

A committee was constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) vide its order F.NO.19-3/2009-TS 1 of 3 February 2010 to suggest a roadmap for the autonomy and future of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) as world-class institutions for research and higher learning.

… We should be in the forefront to meet the growing human needs with minimum use of earth resources in a manner that keeps the environment around us protected. We need to nurture a large science and technology (S&T) based innovation ecosystem that creates solutions for India’s inclusive development and economic growth. The creation of a large pool of researchers (with PhD) commensurate with the size of our population and economy as well as our aspirations, is a key necessity for the realization of these objectives.

… In terms of research, the IITs are continuously enhancing their research activities as evidenced by the increasing number of PhDs coming out of the IIT system. In fact, most PhDs in engineering in the country are now coming from the IITs. Even so, the number of PhDs that come out annually from the IITs is very small (about 1000 per year) in comparison to the size of our country, size of our economy and number of youth in the country. Further, only about 1% of IIT B.Techs do PhD at the IITs. … The IITs, being the largest system for high-level engineering R&D and human resource development in an ambience of high-level research, have thus to take on the challenge of creating an advanced research-based innovation ecosystem that, on a national scale, is large enough to make a significant positive difference. For this purpose, while the scale of high-level research at the IITs needs to be considerably enhanced and broad based with the involvement of industry and national technology related programmes, the IITs should also contribute in a significant way to the research and development capability and culture in the country at large (by creating a large pool of PhD graduates). If one looks around the world, most of the best technology institutions in the world have 15,000+ students as opposed to 6000+ currently at each of the established IITs. USA and China produce around 8000–9000 PhDs in engineering and technology annually while in India the corresponding number presently is around 1000. With this background, and considering the large gap that we have to bridge in realizing our development aspirations, we need a large-scale increase in the number of PhDs coming out from the IITs. The Committee has therefore suggested that each IIT should progressively grow to have around 1200 faculty (from around 500 today) and closer to 12,000 students with maximum growth coming from an enhanced number of PhD students. While the established IITs could aim at reaching this scale up in about 10 years from now, the newer IITs could take longer. Further, the Committee has suggested setting up of 5 more IITs over this period of time. Thus, the Committee has recommended the number of IIT PhD graduates per year to be scaled up to 10,000, while continuously enhancing quality.

… The Committee has suggested a minimum of 0.6 PhDs per faculty annually, eventually reaching 1 PhD per faculty. On this basis, the Committee has suggested that we should aim at scaling the IIT system to 16,000 faculty and 160,000 total student strength (with 40,000 at the PhD level, 40,000 at the Masters level and 80,000 UG students) by around the year 2020. Each year, then, the IIT system will admit 10,000 PhDs.

…Finding faculty in adequate numbers to meet the needs of OSC expansion as well as new IITs has in itself been a major challenge. Coping with faculty needs for scaling up the PhD programme to the above-mentioned level would thus have to primarily depend on the PhD programme at the IITs itself.

Feeders to such a large PhD programme in the form of bright engineering graduates have to be of a size commensurate with the requirements. While students with a Masters degree and, to some extent B.Tech students, of IITs would constitute an important channel (all efforts must be made to attract them into the IIT PG stream), one would need to tap other channels to get quality students in adequate numbers. The Committee has therefore suggested engagement of IITs with other good quality engineering and science education institutions, particularly those of the Central government like NITs, IIITs and IISERs, with a view to enlarge the pool for selection of quality students and also attract their faculty into the PhD programme. The Committee has also suggested special efforts be made to identify and pick up bright 3rd year students of IITs, NITs and such other such public or private institutions and to initiate them into the PhD programme. Further, the Committee has suggested an augmented intake of PhD students from industry and the engineering education system in the country. IITs being at the top of engineering education in the country should act as an inspiration to raise the level of engineering education in other public and private institutions. This would result in enrichment of these institutions, which is long overdue. Of course, for all this to happen, the IITs would have to aggressively pursue candidates from these different streams to join their PhD programme. To support such a large number of PhD students (40,000 at a time) with challenging and meaningful research problems would require comprehensive augmentation of research facilities and infrastructure. The Committee has proposed significant augmentation/addition in the following four domains. This would be over and above the current mode of support through various research funding agencies for individual proposals submitted to them by the faculty.

1. Identify 3–4 areas of recognized strength involving a reasonable faculty strength at each IIT and support them massively to become the world’s best. Selection of such areas should be done on the basis of demonstrated high-level capability.

2. Take up large coordinated research projects involving a number of groups from different disciplines (from same or different IITs) to address important national challenges/other grand challenges with specific pre-defined deliverables.

3. Establish research parks with significant industry presence at each IIT on the lines of a research park established at IIT Madras, to enable industry–academia collaborations and build a Research and Innovation ecosystem.

4. Establish special laboratories of government ministries/their Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) at IITs to strengthen indigenous capability in key areas of national importance. It is expected that such augmentation of research infrastructure in the IITs would create useful linkages between them and the external world, thus making research at IIT more meaningful. More importantly, this would lead to a broad-based innovation ecosystem of which IIT students and faculty will be an integral part.

World-class institutions are characterized by the existence of a large high quality talent pool (faculty, students and visiting researchers), vibrant academic and research linkages with external better quality institutions, availability of liberal resources and a flexible and conducive governance system that can recognize and selectively support credible new ideas in a hassle-free manner. Funding and autonomy of the IITs are thus key areas that need serious attention.

Towards enhancing autonomy that would provide the IITs the necessary flexibility to support and deal with a new idea or take a new initiative and lead them towards world-class excellence, it is proposed that each Institute be fully governed by its Board of Governors (BoG), including aspects like financial planning and expenditure rules, faculty remuneration, fees and number of faculty and staff, within the overall policy guidelines of the IIT Council in terms of expectations from IITs as world-class institutions, affirmative actions, technology directions and human resource development. The composition of the Board would enable representation of all stakeholders. The Committee has suggested that the Board should have one representative each from MHRD and the state governments. Other members could be selected from panels (duly approved by the IIT Council) prepared by S&T academies and Industry associations; also the alumni and faculty would also be represented. The Board will select the Chairperson following a due process and appoint him/her after approval by the Council. A search committee appointed by the Board would select the Director for approval and appointment by the Board. Selection of the next set of members to replace those retiring, would be done by a nomination committee of the Board and approved by the Board. Each institute would subject itself to a comprehensive institution review by an internationally eminent group once every 5 years. Such reviews which will be overseen by the IIT Council, will have focus on quality, programmes, their direction and size, working of the institutions and suggestions for change, including new initiatives. These review reports shall be made public. Further, there will be an annual MoU between the Government and each IIT, with the Council’s oversight and guidance. Such MoUs would include commitments, responsibilities and deliverables on both sides (Government and IIT). The Visitor would retain emergency powers as at present.

… Attracting the best faculty to the IITs is thus of crucial importance. This would require a strong academic, research and innovation culture and a conducive and transparent organization that nurtures excellence. It has to be driven by the Director and faculty and there should be additional attractions like significant start-up funds that would enable researchers get on with their research from day one. The BoG should have the flexibility to decide on faculty remuneration. It is proposed that there should be a system of faculty assessment in terms of several parameters like teaching, research, technology development and industrial consultancy, policy research and service with differentiated faculty remuneration based on performance-based assessment. At the same time, a tenure system for faculty needs to be examined. The Committee has also suggested the need to enable and encourage some mid-career faculty from the established IITs to shift to newer IITs and for overseas faculty to join IIT.

Institutions like IITs that are devoted to growth in the knowledge, technology and innovation domains and related human capital development, should be seen as asset builders for the nation in the modern knowledge-driven economy. The Committee has thus suggested that IITs be made independent of non-plan (operational) support from the Government for their operational expenditure while at the same time seeking greater plan (capital) support to enhance research in a comprehensive manner, as outlined above. The objective of realizing autonomy would be facilitated by de-linking IIT finances with non-plan support of the Government. The enhanced plan support to IITs would have three components: (i) Student support at postgraduate and research level on a per student basis through scholarships, (ii) research support aimed at pushing the frontiers of knowledge and innovation and (iii) massive augmentation of infrastructure to support larger numbers of students.

It is proposed that the fee charged by the IITs should cover the full operational cost of education, which works out to be roughly 30% of the total current cost of education. A hassle- free bank loan scheme specific to IIT students has been proposed. No collateral would be required. This would enable access to all eligible and deserving students. Further, it has been proposed that MHRD should fully provide for fees and living expenses as per currently prevalent norms at IITs for all research students (PG) as well as UG students from weaker sections. In addition, all students whose parental income is less than Rs 4.5 lakh per annum (to be revised from time to time), should be paid scholarships covering 100% fees, and a monthly stipend. Incentives in the form of deferment of loans for students entering postgraduate education and research and proportionate repayment of loan for students joining as faculty and researchers into programmes at IITs and other areas identified by the Government, have been proposed. The Committee has also recommended that all government ministries should provide a minimum of 20% overheads without ceiling on the R&D projects sanctioned to IITs. This is necessary to avoid strain on institute resources as they undertake enlarged R&D activities. Most US universities charge overheads to the tune of 50%. Industrial consultancy and royalty, alumni and industrial grants/donations and continuing education programmes, including executive M.Tech programmes, would be some other modes for enhancing IIT finances. It is expected that IIT resources through non-governmental sources would further improve in a significant way once the IITs acquire financial autonomy.

With this background, the Committee has suggested that the tuition fees should be between Rs 2–2.5 lakh per year per student. This would be reasonable considering the high demand for IIT graduates and the salary that an IIT B.Tech is expected to get. There is a legacy commitment in the form of retirement benefits under the old pension scheme (to the tune of around Rs 221 crore for all IITs in 2010). This should be continued to be paid by the Government till the end of the scheme.

To support research at IITs, MHRD should provide plan funds at Rs 1.5 lakh per student annually. The newer IITs do not have any significant endowment funds at present. Hence, Rs 50 crore as seed endowment over the next 5 years has been proposed for each new IIT.

On the capital investment front, the Government should support an Expansion Budget at Rs 20 lakh per additional student. In addition, a sum of Rs 5 lakh per student would be required in the established IITs for regeneration of ageing infrastructure. It is also assessed that for OSC- related expansion costs, Rs 15 lakh per student should be provided as Rs 10 lakh per student provided presently has been found to be inadequate. The IITs must nurture an ambience of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to make India a world leader in the present-day knowledge economy. In order to achieve this, we should have substantially enhanced Industrial collaboration with a focus on technology development in the Indian context. A strong industry–academia relationship is of key importance. Initially, there needs to be significant give and take on both sides. But this will make a significant difference to teaching and research at the IITs and will train IIT graduates to take India to a leadership position. One should also encourage industry R&D personnel to become adjunct faculty and enable large numbers of industry persons to do PhD. Research Parks create the right ecosystem to bring students, faculty and industry R&D personnel together. It is proposed that Rs 200 crore be provided for setting up a Research Park on the lines of the IIT Madras Research Park at each IIT. The IITs need to learn that success in entrepreneurship often comes only after multiple failures and substantial benefits accrue only if R&D is pursued over long periods. We need to create a value system that takes these factors into account. IITs have to make special efforts to learn to evaluate faculty focusing on product development. Outsourcing of support activities to the maximum extent possible has been strongly recommended. IITs should strive to minimize the number of regular employees for non- technical support functions. All decisions with regard to staff, including numbers and remuneration, should be decided by the BoG. Most scientific staff is proposed to be on project mode, with flexibility of salaries for temporary staff. The technical staff could be in-sourced wherever possible. Here, the use of PhD students as teaching assistants would be of help. On the administration side, maximum possible computerization of functions has been recommended to reduce the requirement of administrative staff. Hiring of some professional mid-career staff could be considered to make the administration more efficient. They should be observed for their performance for a few years before they are regularized. Scaling up engineering education with quality would ensure availability of quality human resource for meeting India’s needs. It will also be an excellent feeder pool to critical areas as well as into the PhD programmes. Seventy Centrally funded institutions (including IITs) should therefore graduate 100,000 high quality engineers every year. While the share of 20 IITs could be 20,000 B.Techs, the 50 other institutions should plan to graduate 80,000 graduates every year in about 10 years from now. Hopefully, state governments and private institutions could create additionally at least 200,000 quality seats. This will create a reasonable sized science and engineering pool for India’s future.

As a part of IITs’ engagement in this process, each of the 50 Centrally funded science and engineering institutions (like NITs, IIITs, IISER, NISER) could select 5 bright young (aged around 35 years) faculty members from the IIT system and invite them to be a member of their BoG and Senate. They could be tasked to build a relationship with the concerned IIT department and young faculty at the Institute to enable and enhance research collaboration (Rs 50 lakh to be identified for each faculty for this purpose) between the institute and the IITs. They would encourage B.Techs to join PhD programmes at the IITs and, if necessary, get faculty to do PhDs at the IITs. Similarly, they could get some IIT PhDs to join the institute as faculty. It is expected that each faculty spends at least 15 days a year at the institute. One of the consequences of this strategy would also be that young IIT faculty would be trained to be future leaders. In a similar manner, 3 young persons from industry could be identified by each NIT. They could be similarly invited to the Board and be tasked with similar goals.

Amendments to the IIT Act would be necessary to give effect to the above-mentioned recommendations.

Details are given in the report. We strongly suggest that the recommendations of the Committee should be treated as a whole to realize the intended objective. It is also recommended that an empowered Implementation committee should be tasked for implementation of these recommendations and to facilitate transition to the new framework for IITs.

Add comment May 19th, 2011

Excerpts from the February 2011 newsletter of Central University of Orissa Koraput

The newsletter is at http://www.centraluniversityorissa.ac.in/Downloads/Newsletter_Feb.%202011.pdf.


Page 9: From the Vice-Chancellor’s statement:

From the forthcoming academic session the University proposes to introduce five new subjects under New Schools …

As for the progress of our physical infrastructure of the main campus, the construction of the Boundary Wall is almost through and the construction of buildings in the first phase, the Girls’ Hostel, the Boys’ Hostel, the Guest House and the Academic Block I are likely to start towards the end of March.

… As a Founding Vice-Chancellor my vision of this composite University has two well-defined thrust areas in terms of priorities: One is healthcare and subsequently the introduction / dissemination of medical education and the other is related to the development and welfare of the tribal community.

 


Page 12: Development of Campus (progress of the Boundary Wall)

 

The main campus of our University is coming up at Sunabeda. The construction of boundary wall undertaken by CPWD is in progress. Out of actual 9.3 kms of boundary wall about 8.6 kms work is completed. The pillar excavation, raising columns on rocky terrains of the boundary is almost over. The brickwork and plastering of the Boundary Wall is going on in full swing.

The master plan has also been approved by the University Building Committee. Recently the Chief Engineer of CPWD has visited our main campus in Koraput and inspected the progress of construction work.

 


Page 24: The List of forthcoming Centres and Schools of the Central University of Orissa duly approved by the Academic Council and the Executive Council

 

The Academic Council and the Executive Council of CUO have approved the establishment of the following new Schools and Centres:

 


Page 31: Centre for Tribal Welfare and Community Development

 

Extreme poverty has its own typical features and adverse impacts on any society. Migration in search of survival for livelihoods is gradually becoming a common phenomenon in the KBK region as well as in the other parts of the country. For the survival of local people, the traditional skill based occupations are gradually becoming uneconomic options. On the other hand the same traditional skills have a flourishing market value in neighbouring states. This creates situations for mass migration, often with the family, in search of a livelihood even under stressful conditions. In the recent trend of economic development, the traditional skill based occupations have also became largely resource dependent. With the depletion of natural resources, the traditional occupations of tribes are fading away, though these are also the outcome of the occupational mobility.

The Koraput District comes under the tribal sub-plan area and PESA. As per the provision, PESA promises devolution of power to Panchayats completing the tribal self-rule. While larger accountability for the utilizing the provisions under the Act is vested in the Panchayats, due to poor understanding of the Act by the Panchayatiraj functionaries the Act seems to have lost its legal tooth in this area. This calls for wider accountability of government and civil society bodies to build the capacity of the PRIs thereby enabling them to utilize the power and authority vested in them for the development of their area and the communities. The customary rules existing even today provide a framework to compare the provisions of PESA and a suitable blending of two can contribute towards good governance to spearhead developmental process.

According to the report of the Committee on the Constitution of Separate Development Board in Orissa, 96% of Community Development Blocks in KBK districts are either ‘very backward’ or ‘backward’. According to the UNDP Human Development Report 2004, Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Nabarangpur are the bottom five districts in terms of HDI values, three of which are in KBK region.

Considering the above issues, the Centre for Tribal Welfare and Community Development (CTWCD) has been established as University’s first initiative of Corporate Social Responsibilities to foster the needs and take up the issues of the tribals of KBK region as well as other tribal groups of India.

The Centre for Tribal Welfare and Community Development at Central University of Orissa is functional since 5th June,2010. A batch of tribal youth has already received training on mushrooms cultivation. New initiatives are under progress and it is hoped that various trade identified by the Centre will benefit the tribes.

 


Page 47: Progress of new Campus

 

Add comment April 27th, 2011

NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest 2011: A team from DPS Rourkela wins the first prize in the 11-12 grade small team category and Mrinal Chaudhury, also of DPS, wins speciality first prize for Artistic Merit

The web page of this contest is at http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/. The results of the 2011 page is at http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/Results/2011/index.html. Following are excerpts from that web page.

 

Winners

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize for the 2011 Space Settlement Contest went to a large team of 7 students (11-12 grade), Gaurav Kumar, Deepak Talwar, Harman Jot Singh Walia, Mahiyal B. Singh, Kaenat Seth, Ishaan Mehta, and Navdeep Singh Makkar, from Punjab, India for creating the Hyperion Space Settlement. They also won the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award.

First Prize

11-12 Grade First Prize
  • Asteria, Sarah Bell, Queensland, Australia, Individual.
  • Shangri-la, Odisha, India (Delhi Public School), Small Team.
  • CRONOS, Constanta, Romania (Colegiul National "Mircea cel Batran"), Large Team.
9-10 Grade First Prize
  • Adamas, Aditya Bathla, Punjab, India (Apeejay School), Individual.
  • AMOS (Advanced Moon Orbiting Settlement), Romania ("Tudor Vianu" National High School of Computer Science), Small Team.
  • Brisinger, Constanta, Romania (Colegiul National "Mircea cel Batran"), Large Team.
6-8 Grade First Prize
  • The Satus Novo Serere, Hasan N. Kahn, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (American International School), Individual.
  • Big Bang, California, USA (Sequoia Middle School), Small Team.
  • EON: Everlasting Orbita Nation, New York, USA (Cortland Junior Senior High School), Large Team.
Specialty First Prize
  • S’ukhavati, Mrinal Chaudhury, Odisha, India (Delhi Public School), Artistic Merit.
  • Life on the Space Station, Seebor, Romania (Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science), Literary Merit.
  • Arcadia, Shanghai, China, Life Sciences.

Rourkelacity.com has some details about the winners. Following are some excerpts.

Among the winners include the team comprising Siddharth Tripathi, Akshat Dutt and Nisarg Behera of class –XII, and Mrinal Chaudhary of class-VIII of the same school.

The team comprising Siddharth, Akshat and Nisarg won the first prize in the 11th -12th grade for their project titled “Sangri-La”, a space settlement colony to provide exceedingly proficient and enjoyable living amenities for 20,000 permanent space residents. The colony that the team has proposed, is designed as a heavenly abode for settlers who can revel in the extraordinary luxury away from the earth. Thinking out of the box, the team proposed a major scientific research laboratory as well as a business hub in space, bio-regenerative life systems incorporating all biological components, state of art meditation halls, an efficiently functioning government machinery to take care of the law and order, a new currency named ‘Hawking’ and also a National Shangri-La Stock Exchange to help people participate in World economic affairs.

Mrinal won the specialty first prize for Artistic merit in her paper presentation titled “Sukhavati”. Mrinal in her report presented the colony and several paintings and diagrams depicting the interior and the exterior, living spaces, laboratories, recreation areas etc. of the colony.

… Mr.Bijoy Bahadur Mathur, Science Head of the School and the mentor to these students has been instrumental in preparing the students for this competition.

Teams from Odisha have been doing very well in this contest for the last several years. 

Add comment April 26th, 2011

A snapshot of Utkal University: departments, faculty and offerings

The following is compiled from various pages of http://www.utkal-university.org/.

 Departments Faculty Program offerings and seats
Analytical and Applied Economics.

Professors:

1) Dr. (Mrs.) P. Mishra             -     Mathematical Economics, Regional Economics & Environmental Economics

2) Dr. K. B. Das                      –     Regional Economics, Mathematical Economics

3) Dr. Bhabes Sen                  –     Quantitative Techniques, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Statistics

Reader

1) Dr. (Mrs.)Mitali Chinara            –     Mathematical Economics & Econometrics

Lecturer                               

1) Mrs. Aparajita Biswal           –     Econometrics, Mathematical Economics

2)Shri Alok Ranjan Behera      –     Financial Institution & Markets

3) Shri Amarendra Das            –     Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Management

M.A. –88, M.Phil – 10
Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology

Professors

1) Dr. Sadasiba Pradhan       :     Ancient Indian History, Art History & Archaeology

 

Reader

Dr. Sanjay Acharya              –     Ancient Indian History, Art and Archaeology.

 

Lecturer

1. Mr. Anam Behera             –     Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology.

2. Dr. Sushanta Ku. Patra     –   

M.A. –32, M.Phil –10
Anthropology

Professors

1. Dr. P. K. Nayak                        –     Social Anthropology, Development Anthropology

2. Dr. P. K. Das                            –     Physical Anthropology & Human Genetics

3. Dr. J. Dash                               –     Social Anthropology

4. Dr. K. K. Basa(On Lien)             –     Pre-historic Archaeology

     

Readers

1. Dr. (Mrs.) R. Mohanty                –     Population Studies, Biological Anthropology

2. Dr. (Mrs.) S. Acharya                –     Social Anthropology.

3. Dr. (Mrs.) U. Aparajita                –     Social Anthropology & Development  Anthropology.

 

Lecturer

1. Mr.D. Sahoo                             –     Pre-historic Archaeology. 

MA/MSc- 32,    MPhil –10
Biotechnology

Reader

Dr. Jagneshwar Dandapat  :  Cell & Molecular Biology, Immunology 

 M.Sc – 10
Botany

Professors

1.   Dr. H. K. Patra                        –    Environmental Science(Environmental Physiology)

2.   Dr. P. K. Chand                      –    Cytogenetics, Genetic Engineering.

3.   Dr. S. P. Adhikari (on lien)   –    Physiology, Biochemistry & Ecology of Cyanobacteria.

 

Readers

1.   Dr. (Mrs.) S. Sahoo                 –    Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

2.   Dr. P. K. Mohapatra (on lien)–    Ecotoxicology

3.   Dr. K.B. Satapathy                  -

Lecturer

1.   Dr. Chinmay Pradhan  

M.Sc. –32 M.Phil –10

SF – M.Env Sc. – 16

SF – M. Applied & Ind. Microbiology – 16

Business Administration

Professors
1. Dr. P. K. Sahoo,(Head of the Department) – Financial Management
2. Dr. P. K. Mohanty(On-Lien) –Human Resource Management
3. Dr. N. C. Kar – Financial Management
4. Dr. B. K. Mangaraj(On-Lien) – Information Resource Management
5. Dr. J. K. Panda – Financial Management

Readers
1. Er. P. C. Ratha – Operations Management
2. Dr. B. B. Mishra – Marketing Management & Organisational Behaviour

Sr. Lecturer
Dr. Muna Kalyani – Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour
Lecturers
Dr. B. R. Jena(on leave) – Business Economics
Dr. Dasarathi Sahu – Information Technology

SF – 5yr Integrated MBA – 60

SF – 3yr part-time MBA – 40

Center for Agri-Management

Professor

Prof. (Dr) Benudhar Bhuyan, Dr P K Sahoo, Dr N C Kar, Dr P K Mohanty, Dr B K Mangaraj, Dr J K Panda

Reader

Er P C Rath, Dr B B Mishra

Sr. Lecturer

Dr M Kalyani, Dr B Jena

Lecturer

Mr Sukant Kumar Samal, Mr Manoj Bal, Ms Anuradha Mishra, Dr D Sahu

MBA in Agribusiness
Chemistry

Professors

 

1.   Dr. S. Jena                                   –     Organic Chemistry

2.   Dr. P. Mohanty                             –     Inorganic Chemistry

3.   Dr. S. P. Rout                               –     Analytical Chemistry

4.   Dr. G. C. Pradhan                         –     Inorganic Chemistry

5.   Dr. P. K. Sahoo                            –     Organic / Polymer Chemistry

Readers

1.   Dr S.K. Badmali                           –     Physical  Chemistry

Senior Lecturer

1.   Dr. (Mrs.) Jasoda Kumari Behera–     Inorganic Chemistry

      Lecturer

1.   Mrs. B. Jena                                 –     Physical  Chemistry

 

M.Sc.-28, M.Phil-10
Commerce

Professors

Dr. S. Moharana                        -      Business Finance and Small Industries Development.

Dr. R. K. Bal                              –      Accounting, Corporate Financial Reporting and Banking

Dr. J. K. Parida                          –      Tax Law and Practice and Computer, Business Environment

Readers                                                        

Dr. P. K. Pradhan                      –      General Management and Organic Behaviour

Dr. P. K. Hota                            –      Operation Research and Business Statistics and Security Analysis & Portfolio Management

Dr. M. Sahu                 

              –      Marketing, Financial Services, Merchant Banking

Dr. K.B. Das                              –      Managerial Economics, Insurance

Lecturer

Dr. A. K. Swain                         –      Accounting, Finance & Insurance

Dr. S.K. Digal                             –      E-Commerce, International Finance and Financial Management and Entrepreneurship

Mr. R.K. Swain                          –      Accounting

 

M.Com – 48  M.Phil – 10

SF – M. Finance & Control. – 30+10

Computer Science and Applications

Professors

1.   Dr. A.K. Bisoi                          –      Computer Graphics & Fractal Modeling,  Software Engineering             

2.   Dr. (Mrs.) S. Mohanty               –      Image, Speech & Natural Language

                                                               Processing                              

Reader                                   

Dr. S. K. Pradhan(on lien)         –      Parallel Processing, Neural Computing

SG. Lecturers

Mr. B. K. Ratha                        –      Image Processing

Dr. P. K. Behera                       –      Mobile Computing

Sr. Lecturer

Dr. B. N. B. Ray                       –      IP Telephony

MCA – 30 

ME in CSE with Sp. in Knowledge Eng.- 15 

SF- 5 yr integrated MCA – 60

SF- 2 yr M.Tech in CS – 30

SF-2 yr M.Sc in Comp. Sc. – 30

The SF courses are jointly with Math and Stat. dept.

 

English

Professor

1.   Dr. H. S. Mohapatra                   –     Critical Theory, Fiction

2.   Dr. J. K. Nayak                          –     British Fiction Translation, Comparative   Literature

Sr. Lecturer

1.   Dr. D. Naik (On Lien)                  –     Fiction, Literary Theory

2.   Dr. A. J. Khan (On Lien)             –     Commonwealth Literature 

MA – 40 M.Phil – 10
Geography

Professors

1.  Dr. G. K. Panda             -   Geomorphology,Environmental Geography,  Remote Sensing and G.I.S.

2.  Dr. P. K. Kara                – Applied Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Population Geography.

Readers

1.  Dr. K. M. Sethy             – Urban and Regional Planning, Economic Geography,  Remote Sensing and G.I.S.

2.  Dr. K. C. Rath                –    Urban and Regional Planning, Remote Sensing and G.I.S., Social Research Method.

3. Dr. D. Panda                 – Environmental Geography, Geomorphology,  Agriculture Geography, Medical Geography,  Remote Sensing and G.I.S.

Lecturer

Dr. Ranjana Bajpai        – Political Geography & Environmental Geography 

MA/MSc.-24 M.Phil-10.   RS & GIS-20

SF – PGDip in Remote Sensing & GIS – 20

Geology

Professors

1.   Dr. H.K. Sahoo,                   –  Hydro Geology, Economic Geology, Geo                                            chemistry, Environmental Geology

2.   Dr. P. Behera                      –  Coal Geology, Hydro Geology, Sedimentology,Environmental Geology

3.   Dr. (Mrs.) M. Das                 –  Igneous Petrology, Hydro Geology, Ore Geology, Environmental Geology

4.   Dr. P. P. Singh                    –  Ore Geology, Structural Geology

5.   Dr. R. N. Hota                      –  Sedimentology, Geo-statistics, Hydro-Geology

Readers

3.   Dr. D.S. Pattnaik                 –  Coal Geology, Hydro Geology

4.   Dr. B. K. Ratha                    –  Economic Geology, Engineering Geology, Geo-chemistry, Environmental Geology

Lecturer

1.   Dr. D. Beura                        – Economic Geology, Environmental Geology 

M.Sc.-25, M.Phil-8
History

Professors

1.   Dr. A.K. Pattnaik                       –  International Affairs,

                                                          Foreign History, Modern Indian History, Historiography.

Readers

1.   Dr. Amal Kumar Mishra             –  Modern Indian History, World History, Regional History.

2.   Dr. Basanta Kumar Mallik          –  Medieval Indian History, World History Regional History, Historiography.

3.   Dr. Jayanti Dora                        –  Ancient History 

M.A.-64, M.Phil-06
Law

Professors

1.   Dr. Pradip Kumar Sarkar                -     Commercial Law

2.   Dr. Prafulla Ch. Mishra                  –     Family Law(Personal Law)

3.   Dr. Prabir Kumar Pattnaik              –     Criminal Law, Commercial Law

Reader

1.   Dr. M.S. Dash                              –     Commercial Law

2.   Sri Durgesh Chandra Mahapatra     –     Criminal Law and Commercial Law 

LL.M – 25
Library and Information Science

Professor

1.   Dr. Manoranjan Mohapatra       :    Classification Information Storage & Retrieval

Readers

1.   Dr. (Mrs.) Puspanjali Jena        –     Foundation of Library & Information Science Research Methodology & Statistical Techniques, Internet & CD ROM Database Serchey.

2. Dr. K.C. Das                             –     Digital Library, Information Technology & Networking

Lecturer

1.   Sri Kunwar Singh                    –     Management of Library & Information Centre, Library Automation and Software package. 

M.Lib. & Inf.Sc. – 24
Mathematics

Professors

1.   Dr. S. Padhy                    –     Parallel Algorithm, Numerical Analysis and Fluid Dynamics, Computational Finance, Bio-informatics

2.Dr. B. K. Nayak                   –     Theory of Relativity, Differential Geometry

3.   Dr. J. Patel                       –     Complex Analysis

Readers

1.   Dr. (Mrs.) S. Dutta            –     Functional Analysis

2.   Dr.(Mrs.) N. Das               –     Analysis

MA/MSc -64   

M.Phil -10

SF- 5 yr integrated MCA – 60

SF- 2 yr M.Tech in CS – 30

SF-2 yr M.Sc in Comp. Sc. – 30

The SF courses are jointly with Comp. Sc. and Stat. depts.

Odia

Professors

1. Dr. (Mrs.) Sanghamitra Mishra  -Drama, Morden Literature

2. Dr. Bijaya Kumar Satapathy – Drama, Modern Literature

3. Dr. Sarat Chandra Rath       –  Religious Trends of Odia Literature, Mediaval Literature

4. Dr. Narayan Sahoo              –  Drama, Comparatvie Literature

5. Dr. Udayanath Sahoo          -

 

Reader

1. Dr. Santosh Ku.Tripathy      –  Modern Literature, Comparative Literature, Poetics, Grammar & Language,

2. Dr. (Mrs.) Lipi Hembram       –  Religious Trends of OdiaLiterature, Drama

3. Dr. Bishnupriya Otta            - 

M.A.-64, M.Phil-10
Personnel Management and Industrial Relations

Professors

1.   Dr. B.N. Mishra                    –     Organisational Behaviour, Industrial Sociology & Social Security

2.   Dr. S. K. Tripathy                 –     Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour.

Readers

1.   Dr. K. M. Sahoo                   –     Human Resource Management .

2.   Dr.(Mrs.) K. Mohanty            –     Man Power Planning

Lecturer

Ms. S. Murmu                     –     Industrial Relations 

MPMIR-32 M.Phil-8
Pharmaceutical Sciences   SF – B. Pharm (4 yrs) – 45 (Lateral entry allowed in 3rd semester)
Philosophy

Professors

1.   Dr. A. K. Mohanty                –     Philosophy of Language (Western and Indian), Analytical Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Value Philosophy of Religion, Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Value, Analytical Philosophy

2.   Dr. Sarat Ch. Panigrahi         –     Indian Philosophy, Analytical Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Political Philosophy. Philosophy of Religion, Indian Philosophy, Analytical Philosophy.

3.   Dr. Ramesh Chandra Das     - Logic, Philosophy of Value, Analytical Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Lecturer

Mr. S. Jally                          -     Adaita Bedanta

Dr. Alakananda Parida          

M.A.-64, M.Phil-10
Physics

Professors

1.   Dr. N. C. Mishra                   –  Electronics & Condensed Matter Physics

2.   Dr. D. K. Basa                     –  Solid State Electronic Materials and Devices

3.  Dr. K. Maharana                  –  Particle Physics, Gravitation & Cosmology

4.   Dr. (Mrs.) S. Mahapatra        –  Particle Physics, Gravitation & Cosmology

Lecturer

Sri P.K. Samal                          –  Cosmology

 

M.Sc.-30, M.Phil-10
Political Science

Professors

1. Dr. B. Satapathy              –     International Politics, Political Thought, Modern   Political Analysis, Research Methodology

 2. Dr. N. Gaan                     –     International Politics

 Lecturer(S.G)

 Dr.(Smt.) Smita Nayak         –     State Politics in India, Political Process in Orissa, Public Administration.

 Lecturer

 1. Dr. A.K. Mohapatra          –     International Relations, Indian Govt. & Politics,

                                                      Comparative Politics

 2. Dr.(Mrs.) S. Mallik            –     International Politics, Political Theory

M.A.-64, M.Phil-10

SF – PGDip in Chinese studies – 16

SF – MA in Women’s studies – 20

SF – M in Dev. Journalism & Elect. Comm. – 20

Psychology 

Professors

1. Dr. P. K. Mishra               –     Organisational Industrial & Social Psychology.

2. Dr. S. K. Patra                 –     Comparative & Physiological Psychology

3. Dr. N. C. Pati                   -     Comparative & Educational Psychology

Readers

1. Dr. P. K. Ratha                –     Psychometric Assessment, Social and Personality.

2. Dr. (Mrs.) N. Patanaik       –     Educational  & Counseling Psychology

Sr. Lecturer

Mrs. N. Das                         –     Educational & Developmental Psychology 

M.A.-48, M.Phil-16

SF – PGDip in Early Childhood Ed – 16

Public Administration

Professor

Dr. (Mrs.) B. Mohanty              :     Local Administration & Development Administration 

M.A.-32, M.Phil-8
Sanskrit

Professors

      1. Dr. G. K. Dash                          –     Classical Literature, Vedic, Epic & Puranic Literature.

      2. Dr. P. K. Mishra                        -     Poetics. Literary Criticism & Vedic Studies

      3. Dr. R. N. Panda                        –     Classical Literature & Sanskrit Literature of Orissa

      4. Dr. R. M. Dash                          –     Grammar & Linguistics

      Readers

      1.Dr. (Mrs.) P. M. Rath (On Lien)    –     Vedic and Classical Sanskrit Literature.

      Lecturer (S.G.)

      Dr. S. C. Dash                              –     Indian Philosophy

M.A.-64, M.Phil-10

SF – PG Dip. Yoga Education – 16

Sociology

Professors

1. Dr. (Mrs.) Rita Ray              -     Indian Social System, Gender Studies

2. Dr. Anup Kumar Dash          –     Studies in Voluntary Sector

3. Dr. D.N. Jena                      –     Rural Development

4. Dr. B.G. Baboo(On leave)     –     Studies in Rehabilitation

Reader

Dr. M.G. Bage                        –     Tribal Sociology

Lecturers (Selection Grade)

1. Mr. B.K. Behera (On lien)     –     Medical Sociology

Sr. Lecturer

Mr. R. Garada                         –     Development induced displacement and Rehabilitation & Resettlement 

M.A.-48, M.Phil-8

SF – M. Rural Dev. – 32

SF – PGDip in Rural Dev. – 32

Statistics

Professors

1. Dr. G. Mishra                   –     Sample Survey Theory and Methods, Bio-Statistics

2. Dr. L. N. Sahoo                –     Sample Survey Theory & Methods, Econometrics.

Readers

1. Dr. P. K. Tripathy             –     Operations Research, Demography.

2. Dr. K.B. Panda                –     Survey Sampling

Lecturer

Dr. R.K. Sahoo                    –     Survey Sampling 

MA/MSc -32

M.Phil-6 

SF- 5 yr integrated MCA – 60

SF- 2 yr M.Tech in CS – 30

SF-2 yr M.Sc in Comp. Sc. – 30

The SF courses are jointly with Comp. Sc. and Math.

Zoology

Professors

1. Dr. S.  Das                      –     Endocrinology, Neuroendocrinology of Birds

2. Dr. A.K. Patra                  –     Environmental Studies on water, air, and land systems, wild life conservation and Fisheries & Aquaculture.

3.  Dr. P.K. Mohanty            –     Cytogenetics and Silk Worm Ecology 

Reader

Dr.(Mrs.) P.K. Mohapatra      –     Developmental Biology, Developmental Studies in amphibia, Regeneration in animals. 

M.Sc. – 32,  M. Phil. – 10

SF – M.Sc in Fisheries & Aquaculture – 12

The self finance courses (marked by SF above) that are offered and links to them are as follows:

SL. No. COURSES Schools /Departments
01 5 Yr. Integrated Master in Computer Science & Application School of Math.-Stat-Computer Science.
02 M. Tech. in Computer Science School of Math.-Stat-Computer Science.
03 P.G. Course in Environmental Science School of Life Science (Department of Botany)
04 P.G. Course in Applied & Industrial Micro Bio. School of Life Science (Department of Botany)
05 Master of Rural Development Department of Sociology
06 P.G Diploma in Yoga Education School of Languages
07 Master in Finance & Control Department of Commerce
08 5Yr.Integrated Course in M.B.A. Dept. of Business Administration
09 Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy University Department of Pharmaceutical Science
10 Master in Pharmacy University Department of Pharmaceutical Science
11 Lateral entry into B.Pharma(3rd. semester) University Department of Pharmaceutical Science
12 P.G. Diploma in Early Childhood Education Department of Psychology
13 P.G. Diploma in Chinese Studies Department of Political Science
14 M.A. in Women Studies School of Women Studies (Political  Science)
15 P.G. Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS Department of Geography
16 P.G. Diploma in Rural Development Department of Sociology
17 M.A. in Development Journalism & Electronic And Communication  Post-Graduate Council (Political Science).
18 M.Sc. in Computer Science Dept. of Computer Sc.& Application
19 3  Year Part Time M.B.A. Dept. of Business Administration
20 M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquaculture School of Life Science (Zoology)
 

The total number of faculty listed below is around 155 (without double counting faculty that are listed both in the Business Administration department and the Center for Agribusiness.) In February 2008, Utkal had a faculty of 169. In March 2008, it was mentioned in Samaja that in Utkal University only 187 out of 340 faculty positions were filled. I wonder if Utkal still has 340 positions or if the government reduced or increased that number.

Add comment April 17th, 2011

Ravenshaw status report by its VC in the first edition of “The Ravenshaw Times”, its monthly newsletter

Since January 2011 Ravenshaw has started publishing a monthly newsletter. These are available at http://ravenshawuniversity.ac.in/website/ravenshaw-times-(newsletter).htm. Following is an article written by its VC from  the first newsletter at http://ravenshawuniversity.ac.in/File/The%20Ravenshaw%20Times%20-%20January%202011.pdf.


Ravenshaw University was set up by the Ravenshaw University Act, 2005. The draft statutes of the University have been pending with the Government for approval. Pending that, the University is referring to the Orissa Universities First Statutes (OUFS), 1990 on the basis of which its own statute has been drafted.

The Ravenshaw University inherited 25 Departments in the disciplines of Science , Commerce and Humanities. In order to upgrade Ravenshaw like the single campus JNU, the University created 11 Schools out of the existing Departments. The Schools are headed by Deans. It takes time for a new structure to be grounded. Therefore academic reforms envisaged are vitally dependent on the faculty. The situation in Ravenshaw was queer. The Government created posts for new faculty only in August 2008, although the University was set up in 2006. For administrative reasons, the Government could not withdraw the old faculty till September 2010. Despite this mismatch, the syllabi in almost all Departments have been revised to cope with contemporary demands. While setting up the University, the Government had not provided adequate faculty to meet the UGC teacher-student ratio of 1:15. The current teacher – student ratio is about 1:50. In order to make it 1:30, which are twice the UGC/ AICTE norms, the University will require 106 new faculty positions. The demand of the University is pending with Government. Ravenshaw has envisioned incorporating all subjects from microbiology to geophysics in its growth. The University has accomplished only a few. The new faculty is still half formed. Many positions for recruitment have been hit by court cases and reservations. It is easy to set up a greenfield institution. It is difficult to deal with old baggage in an institution like Ravenshaw, where the expectations are high and resources low.

Ravenshaw had an identity like none other. In last 50 years it has become fairly pedestrian. When it became a University, it was caught like any other educational institution in the strangle hold of a predicament that is now fairly common. Every educational institution now faces the demand to expand by incorporating vocational elements. MBA, before it was hit by the economic meltdown, was regarded as the flagship course. Ravenshaw, therefore, introduced MBA and set up the Ravenshaw Management Centre, to mark its transition to a University. The Government does not give anything more than the salary grant and some money for infrastructure to the new University. The responsibility of earning by introducing new courses is on the University itself . The Government, in fact had advised in a meeting to consider winding up subjects like Philosophy, Hindi etc. and opening of technology and management courses.

Research in Ravenshaw has been almost nonexistent for many decades, for multipl e reasons. It is believed that given the research achievements of the new faculty, on the basis of which most have been recruited, particularly in science , Ravenshaw will reacquire its earlier fame in scientific research. The new faculty is still in the formative stage.

The Kanika Library wa s indeed the saddest place when the University started. The Library claimed that it had nearly two lakh books in its roll and numerous precious journals but they were thoroughly disorganised. By a hand count, it was found that only 1.12 lakh are available on the shelves. Of the entire lot, only 60,000 have been digitally entered. Precious journals were kept in gunny bags and piled up it some corner. ‘The Ravenshavian’ issues of an entire decade , which were almost falling off like debris , have now been scanned and made available in our website. The antique books of invaluable worth were rotting in a mezzanine floor to which there was no easy access. The only transaction with the students was for some textbooks. Due to lack of grant, and more than that, of involved interest, there was no accretion. The University has started renovation of the Kanika Library and the Centenary Library, which houses the textbooks on a massive scale. The renovation comprises conservation of the heritage structure, redesigning of utility areas and digitalisation with e-library. Already some beginning of the e-library has been made by storing about 80,000 PDF books and one lakh music files in the library server. In brief, the old Kanika Library is emerging now a s the new Ravenshaw Knowledge Centre (RKC) with other such auxiliary activities that a knowledge centre entails.

As for hostel accommodation, Ravenshaw has a low satisfaction of 23%. All its dilapidated hostels with leaking roofs, and their infrastructure falling apart have been renovated, if not fully. Only the West and East Hostels have been specially renovated. The University has spent nearly R s 8 crore of its precious money on the repair and renovation of hostels. Besides, a projection has been worked out to raise the level of satisfaction by another 25%, through construction of six new girls’ hostels and three new boys’ hostels at a tentative cost of Rs 27 crore.

There is a difference between beautification and restoration. Beautification is optional but  restoration is always expensive, if it is done with quality. A historic institution like Ravenshaw, whose infrastructure has greatly decayed, due to years of negligence, requires extensive restoration. The restoration of Ravenshaw College Hall, which once housed the Odisha State Assembly, was expensive. The restoration of Kanika Library is going to be expensive. Such expenditure is unavoidable if they are restored with quality. Many visitors, including the Chief Minister, who have seen the restoration of the Heritage Hall have admired it.

Desecration of statues had started long before the University was founded. Front area of the college was congested with growth of wild bushes, half masonry walls, dividers, broken tennis courts with potholes, and littered garbage. All the three statues were installed on pedestals in that nearly abandoned front area, with plasters peeling off them, and all discoloured. They were left open to the vagaries of both nature and men. The University decided to renovate the front area with a huge green lawn and wrought iron gates and boundaries, making the view of the majestic college building visible to the road. While clearing all impediments to the view, the statues too were removed. While removing them the University had discussed with their donors, and assured them that they will be reinstalled either in the front porch or in the Kanika Library building after they are renovated. The renovation work is in process.

The backbone of a University is its faculty. The old faculty was highly underexposed. The new faculties, chosen on the basis of an open competition and global advertisement, have brought tidings from other shores. I am sure they would gradually settle down and also incorporate the best practices they have experienced. When I was a student at Ravenshaw four decades before, we had tutorials. There is none now. The high teacher-student ratio makes it impossible for any exclusive supervision. Besides, the culture had so deteriorated tha t even after it be c ame a University, most of its faculty, particularly those who stayed at Bhubaneswar would leave the campus before early afternoon. I hope the new faculty does not fall into the same rot.

Ravenshaw University shall continue to be a blend of the old and new. For over a century it had been the home of classical studies. In its new version, it will now cope not only with new theories but more so with applications. Ours is a knowledge economy. But the creation of economic wealth must not be at the expense of cultural wealth and insight.

The Ravenshaw University has been in existence for some years. It should have incorporated a few best practices of the best universities of the world. I would like to believe that the University is about intellect. The intellect of a University is the sum total of intellect of its faculty and students. I trust the new faculty. I trust the students of Ravenshaw.


In the faculty recruitment front, the newsletter had the following to say: 

After receiving Government’s approval for creating 153 faculty positions comprising 17 posts of Professors, 45 posts of Readers and 91 posts of Lecturers, Ravenshaw University took up this mammoth recruitment enterprise by global advertisement for the faculty positions and received more than 7,000 applications.

It lists 75 new faculty that have been hired.  With respect to the quality of the new faculty its goes on to say the following:

The university now boasts of faculty members who have joined the university with their successful research and teaching career in universities abroad. As a Humboldt Fellow, Pradipta Mohapatra, a leading botanist of the country with his focus of research on toxicity of insecticides on algae and cyanobacteria has worked in Rostock and Duesseldorf Universities in Germany. Similarly, the two other botanists, S.K. Naik and N.R. Singh have done their postdoctoral research in the Universities of Kentucky, US, and Stellenbosch in South Africa respectively. Rupashree Shyama Roy, a young scientist with research in molecular modeling and computational chemistry has worked in the Universities of Munich and Leipzig, Germany. Another young scientist, Kumar Siddhartha Kesav Varadwaj with his research interest in nanoscience and technology has been associated with Hokkaido university, Japan and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Yet another young faculty of chemistry, Sabita Nayak has worked on the design and development of cardiovascular drugs as part of her postdoctoral research in the University of Texas. Apart from teaching and research on contemporary economic issues, the department of economics has started addressing the problems of rural Orissa. Economist Dr. Mamata Swain, with a Ph.D. from London, is the lead in this regard. Nachiketa Das with a dual citizenship status of India and Australia and being a permanent resident of Japan now heads the department of Geology. With a postdoctoral degree from Harvard, he has been associated with universities of Glasgow, Melbourne and Hiroshima in several academic capacities. Dipti Ranjan Patnaik, who has been both a Fulbright Fellow at Ohio State University, Columbia and an Indo-Canadian Fellow, and has recently received the prestigious Erikson Scholar-in-Residence Position, has already spelt out the roadmap for his department of English. The list goes on. The idea here is not to undermine the achievements of individual faculty members of other different departments by citing a few cases at hand. What needs to be stressed here is the clinical precision which has gone into the process of selection of the core faculty of the university. As one traverses through the departments cutting across humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the possibilities of having an engagement with ‘ignited minds’ who seek to question meta narratives, becomes absolutely inescapable. In fact, this core faculty of the university in many ways than one is going to shape the texture of academic discourse not only for the university but also for the society at large.

The Ravenshaw website at http://ravenshawuniversity.ac.in/common/faculties.htm has the latest list of the faculty with their short biographies and their phone numbers. I also noticed that some of the faculty have foreign post-doctoral experiences, a couple have Ph.D from abroad, some have experience outside Odisha, some with Ph.Ds from IITs, and many with good publication record.

So it seems like a decent start. Having only one Mathematics faculty is worrisome though. If that can be strengthened and more Physics faculty is hired then Ravenshaw could develop good science programs, such as a 5-yr program in collaboration with NISER.

3 comments April 14th, 2011

Govt. of Odisha has just sanctioned 96 new regular faculty positions (professors, readers and lecturers) for VSSUT Burla

Update on April 9th 2011: Here is the ad from today’s Samaja. The detailed ad is at http://www.vssut.ac.in/Faculty-2011.pdf. They list 23 Professor positions + 57 Reader positions and 50 lecturer positions. The minimum qualification for professors and readers is a Ph.D and among lecturers, at least in science and humanities, most that will be hired will have Ph.Ds. Once these positions are filled it will increase the number of Ph.D faculty in VSSUT by at least 90.


Following is from a mail sent by Prof. Rakesh Mohanty of VSSUT Burla. It also appears in the alumni site at http://vssut.org/uncategorized/history-created-by-honorable-vc-vssut-burla/.

You will be thrilled and suprised to know that under the dynamic leadership and painstaking effort of Honorable Vice-chancellor, VSSUT Burla, Govt of Orissa has sanctioned 96 New Regular faculty positions (Professors, Readers and Lecturers) for VSSUT Burla.

A great achievement for VSSUT Burla.

This is really wonderful news. If they are able to hire good people against these positions VSSUT will be one of the top technical university in the country and will be next in line for upgradation to an IIEST.


In 2006 the then UCE Burla had submitted a proposal for becoming an IIEST. At that time it had 97 positions sanctioned but with 62 faculty out of which 36 had Ph.D.

I am not sure of the current situation, but with 96 new positions, the sanctioned strength will at least become 193, which is a good number to make a claim for an IIEST.

As per a document prepared by the then UCE Burla in 2006, the then faculty strength of the colleges that were earlier shortlisted for becoming IIEST were as follows:

  • IT BHU: 229 faculty with 170 having PhD
  • UCET-Osmania U: 127 faculty with 57 having Ph.D
  • BESU: 212 faculty with 136 having Ph.D
  • UCE-Andhra U: 123 faculty with 68 having Ph.D
  • CUSAT: 206 faculty with 151 having Ph.D

So VSSUT’s claim for an IIEST will now depend on how quickly and how many Ph.D faculty they can hire. The sanctioned strength of 193 is pretty good.

Note that earlier in March 2011 VSSUT had advertised for 34 positions (23 lecturers+ 9 readers + 2 professors). See http://www.vssut.ac.in/adv_20111.pdf.

3 comments April 9th, 2011

Major higher education and research milestones in Odisha history (work in progress)

This is an initial draft partly based on a draft article that I recently wrote. I will fill in more details and more items as time permits. Please suggest missing items and links in the comment section. Especially I would like to add information on all the government degree colleges. (A list is at http://www.orissa2020.org/ger-of-ebd-districts.)

Institution Founding and milestone Years Comments
Puspagiri University in Jajpur district   Mentioned in the writings of Huien Tsang, who visited it in 639 AD. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puspagiri_University and http://www.facebook.com/puspagiri.
Ratnagiri University in Jajpur district   Mentioned in Tibetan Writings. See Mrs. Debala Mitra’s books “Ratnagiri” and “Buddhist Monuments of Odisha“.
Ravenshaw University, Cuttack 1868/2006 Started as an intermediate college in 1868; became a university in 2006. http://ravenshawuniversity.ac.in/.
Khallikote College, Berhampur 1878

Started as an intermediate college in 1878. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khallikote_Autonomous_College.

SKCG College, Parlakhemundi  1896 http://gajapati.nic.in/skcg/Index.Html.
Shailabala Women’s College, Cuttack  1913 Telegraph article: Started intermediate classes in 1913 and graduate classes in 1946. Home page: http://shailabalawomenscollege.com
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
1943 http://www.utkal-university.org/.
Fakir Mohan College, Balasore 1944 http://fmcollege.nic.in/.
Rajendra College, Balangir 1944 http://rajendracollege.nic.in/.
SCS College, Puri 1944 http://www.scscollege.nic.in/default.asp.
GM College, Sambalpur 1944 http://www.gmcollege.org/.
SCB Medical College, Cuttack 1944 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Ramachandra_Bhanj_Medical_College.
Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack 1946 http://crri.nic.in/.
Vikram Dev College, Jeypore 1947 http://vikramdebcollege.org/.
MPC College, Baripada 1948 http://mpcautocollege.org.in/.
Bhadrak College 1948 http://bhadrakcollege.nic.in/.
Gopabandhu Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Puri 1949 http://puri.nic.in/gopabandhu.htm.
University College of Engineering, Burla 1956 http://www.vssut.ac.in/.
Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Khallikote 1957 http://www.orissaculture.gov.in/gcack.asp.
Vir Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science & Research, Burla (Formerly: VSS Medical College) 1959/2014 http://www.vssmedical.net/. Became a university in 2014. Bill passed on February 14, 2014
Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna 1960/61 Started as Kalahandi Science College in 1960; taken over by state government in 1961. http://www.gacbhawanipatna.org/.
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela 1961 http://www.gacrkl.ac.in/.
NIT, Rourkela 1961/2002 Started as REC in 1961; became NIT in 2002; NIT act passed in 2007. http://www.nitrkl.ac.in/.
BJB College, Bhubaneswar 1962 http://www.bjbcollege.in/AutonomousCollege/default.asp.
OUAT, Bhubaneswar 1962 Second oldest agricultural university in the country. Has colleges in 4 locations: Bhubaneswar – 6 colleges and 1 center), Rangeilunda (Berhampur) – 1 college , Chipilima (Sambalpur) – 2 colleges and Bhawanipatna – 1 college. http://www.ouat.ac.in/.
MKCG Medical College, Berhampur 1962 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MKCG_Medical_College_and_Hospital.
Regional Institute of Education (RIE), Bhubaneswar 1963 It is part of NCERT which was set up in 1961. As per this wikipedia entry the Regional College of Educations (RCEs), the predecessor of RIEs were set up in 1963. http://as.ori.nic.in/riebbs/.
IMMT (formerly RRL), Bhubaneswar 1964 http://www.immt.res.in/.
Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya 1964 http://www.usmorissa.org/.
Rama Devi Women’s college, Bhubaneswar 1964 http://www.rdwc.org/.
Sambalpur University 1967 http://www.suniv.ac.in/.
Berhampur University 1967 http://bamu.nic.in/.
Dr. Abhin Chandra Homeopathic medical college, Bhubaneswar 1969 http://as.ori.nic.in/drachmc/.
Regional Center of Central Institute of Indian Languages 1970 http://www.ciil.org/aboutregional.aspx.
Puri Campus of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan 1971 http://www.sanskrit.nic.in/puri.htm. State operated Sadashiva Sanskrit College was taken over by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and made a campus of it.
National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar 1971 http://www.niswass.org/.
Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar 1972 Taken over by DAE in 1985. http://www.iopb.res.in/.
SV Nirtar, Cuttack 1975 http://nirtar.nic.in/history.htm.
Government Ayurvedic College, Balangir 1975  
Kaviraj Ananta Tripathy Sharma Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Ganjam 1975  
Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri 1981 http://www.sjsv.nic.in/.
Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC), Bhubaneswar 1981 http://icmr.nic.in/icmrsql/insprofile.asp?insno1=000517.
CET Bhubaneswar 1981 http://www.cet.edu.in/.
Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar 1982 http://www.rcm.ac.in/. (First management college of Odisha.)
Army Air Defense College, Gopalpur 1984 Link. (Google it if it does not work.)
B. K. College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar 1984 http://www.bkartcollege.org/.
Institute of Hotel Management, Bhubaneswar 1984 http://www.ihmbbs.org/about_ihm.htm. Started as a Foodcraft institute in 1973; became State institute of Hotel Management in 1981. Became GOI funded in 1984.
IGIT Sarang 1985 http://www.igitsarang.ac.in/.
CIPET, Bhubaneswar 1986 http://cipet.gov.in/visitourcampus/orissa/orissa.html.
Orissa Engineering College (Odisha’s first private engineering college), Bhubaneswar 1986 http://www.oec.ac.in/.
Orissa institute of maritime and south-east asian studies 1986 http://www.orissaculture.gov.in/oimseas.asp.
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi research center 1986 http://www.orissaculture.gov.in/gkcm_orc.asp.
Nabakrushna Choudhury Center for Developmental Studies, Bhubaneswar 1987 http://nkccds.nic.in/.
Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar 1987 http://www.cifa.in/Content.aspx?id=2.
XIM Bhubaneswar 1987 http://www.ximb.ac.in/.
Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar 1989

Taken over by Dept. of Biotechnology in 2002.

http://www.ils.res.in/.

Orissa Maritime Academy, Paradeep 1992 http://www.orissamaritime.com/index.html.
IIMC Dhenkanal 1993 http://www.iimc.nic.in/branches-dhenkanal.html.
Degree stream started in OSME Keonjhar 1996 http://osmedegree.org/.
Second and third private Engineering Colleges established 1996 NIST Berhampur, JIET Cuttack.
Nine new Private Engineering Colleges 1997 Bhadrak Inst of Engg & Tech, CV Raman, GIET Gunupur, GHITM Puri, ITER, JITM Parlakhemundi, Sanjay Memorial Berhampur, Seemanta Mayurbhanj, KIIT.
One new private Engineering College. First private architecture college.
1998 ABIT.
Ten new private Engineering Colleges 1999 CEB, DRIEMS, Gopal Krishna Jeypore, Krupajala, Majhighariani Rayagada, Padmanava Rourkela, Purushottam Rourkela, Satyasai Balasore, Synergy Dhenkanal.
North Orissa University, Baripada 1999 http://www.nou.nic.in/.
Fakir Mohan University, Balasore 1999 http://www.fmuniversity.nic.in/.
Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar 1999 http://uuc.ac.in/home.aspx.
Institute of Mathematics & Applications, Bhubaneswar 1999 http://www.iomaorissa.ac.in/.
One new private Engineering College 2000 EAST.
Six new private Engineering Colleges 2001 Balasore College of Engg and Tech, IACR Rayagada, KISD, Mahavir, Samanta Chandra Sekhar Koraput, Silicon Bhubaneswar,
Three new private Engineering Colleges 2002 KIST, Padmashree Baragarh, Roland Berhampur.
BPNSI, Puri 2002 http://www.bpnsi.org/glance.htm.
BPUT, Rourkela 2002 http://www.bput.ac.in/.
Two new private Engineering Colleges 2004 GITA, NMIET.
State Institute of Hotel Managament, Balangir 2004/2011

Started as a Food Craft Institute in 2004. http://www.foodcraftbalangir.org/about_institute.htm.

Became State Institute of Hotel Management in 2011.

http://www.sihmbalangir.org/.

KIIT Bhubaneswar became KIIT deemed university 2004 http://www.kiit.ac.in/.
First private medical college: Hi-tech medical college, Bhubaneswar
2005 http://www.hi-techmedical.org/.
First private dental college: Gandhi Dental College, Bhubaneswar 2005 http://www.gdc.edu.in/.
Two new private Engineering Colleges 2005 Techno, Trident.
One new private Engineering Colleges 2006 Gandhi EC Bhubaneswar.
Ravenshaw College became Ravenshaw university 2006 http://ravenshawuniversity.ac.in/.
ITER Bhubaneswar became SOA deemed university 2007 http://www.soauniversity.ac.in/.
IIIT Bhubaneswar 2007/2013 http://www.iiit-bh.ac.in/. IIIT bill (to make it a state university) approved in August 2013.
KIMS (Second private medical college) 2007 http://www.kims.ac.in/.
IMS (Third private medical college) 2007 http://ims.ac.in/.
NISER Bhubaneswar 2007

NIS announced in 2003; NISER announced in 2006. See http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=20345.

http://niser.ac.in/.

Six new private Engineering Colleges 2007 Gandhi IFT Bhubaneswar, Indus, Nalanda, Rajdhani, Sundergarh, Templecity.
Seventeen new private Engineering Colleges 2008 Apex, BEC, Black Diamond Jharsuguda, BRM, Centurion, GIIT Berhampur, GIST Rayagada, GITM Bhubaneswar, Hi-Tech Khurda, Indic, Kalam Berhampur, Koustuv, Maharaja, Modern Balasore, Modern Bhubaneswar, Subas, Vignan Berhampur.
IIHT Baragarh 2008 http://iihtbargarh.webs.com/.
IIT Bhubaneswar 2008

Announced March 28th 2008. See http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=36955.

http://www.iitbbs.ac.in/.

National Law University of Orissa, Cuttack 2008-2009 http://www.nluo.ac.in/.
UCE Burla became VSSUT 2009 http://www.vssut.ac.in/.
Central University of Orissa, Koraput 2009

Announced March 28th 2008. See http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=36955.

http://www.centraluniversityorissa.ac.in/.

Sri Sri University 2009/2012 http://www.srisriuniversity.org/. Bill passed in 2009. Classes started in 2012.
Vedanta University bill passed in the Odisha assembly 2009 http://www.vedanta.edu.in/.
Parla Maharaj Engineering College, Berhampur 2009 http://www.pmec.ac.in/.
Government Engineering College, Bhawanipatna 2009 http://www.gcekbpatna.ac.in/.
Twenty seven new Private Engineering Colleges 2009 Adarsa Angul, Aryan, BIT, Einstein, Ekalavya, Gandhi AT Berhampur, GIET Khurda, Gurukula, Hi-Tech Bhubaneswar, Indotech, KMBB, Nigam,  Oxford, Rahul Berhampur, Shibani, Silicon Sambalpur, Sophitorium, Spintronic, Srinix Balasore, Suddhananda Cuttack, Synergy Khurda, Vedang, Vikash Baragarh,   VITS, Vijyanjali Balasore, VIVTECH, Xavier.
Seven new private Engineering Colleges 2010 BIIT, Capital, IIET, Radhakrishna, RITAM Rayagada, Kruttika, BAT Bhubaneswar.
ICFAI university Bill passed in the Odisha assembly 2010  
Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi 2010

The HQ of this university is in Parlakhemundi taking over JITM, which was established in 1997. Centurion Institute in Bhubaneswar also became a part of the university.

http://www.cutm.ac.in/.

SU-IIT, Sambalpur 2010 http://www.suniv.ac.in/suiit.pdf.
NIFT, Bhubaneswar 2010 http://www.nift.ac.in/bhubaneswar/index.html.
IIPH (Indian Institute of Public Health), Bhubaneswar 2010 http://www.phfi.org/iiph/iiphb.html.
IMI Bhubaneswar 2011 http://www.imibh.edu.in/.
AIIMS, Bhubaneswar 2012 http://aiimsbhubaneswar.org/
Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela 2012 http://hi-techmedicalrkl.org/.
Xavier University, Bhubaneswar Bill passed in April 2013 http://www.orissalinks.com/category/universities/bbsr-ctc-puri-area/xavier-university.
BIMTECH Bhubaneswar 2013 http://bimtechbbsr.ac.in/.
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar Expected in 2014 http://bimtechbbsr.ac.in/.
Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Bhubaneswar   See news reports on this at http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/5679.
University of Innovation, Bhubaneswar   Announced March 28th 2008. See http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=36955.
Mahanadi Institute of Medical Science & Research, Talcher   See http://mcl.gov.in/Expression_of_interest_for_survey.pdf.
Xavier University, Balangir Campus    
Xavier University, Sambalpur campus    
University of Corporate Excellence    

 Some of the ones for which I have not been able to find the dates are:

 

7 comments April 1st, 2011

Higher education moves by the Odisha state government outside of the Capital area during the last 5 years [work in progress]

To get a clear picture on higher education moves by the state government (during the last 5 years) outside of the capital area (Khurda, Cuttack and Puri districts) we try to list the moves. Many fully centrally funded institutes are mentioned as the state contributes by free land and in making the location decision. (Note that Odisha has 30 districts.)

What has been done so far (including under construction):

  1. Central University of Orissa, Dist – Koraput
  2. Upgradation of UCE Burla to VSSUT, Dist – Sambalpur
  3. Private University status to Centurion, Dist – Gajapati
  4. Government Engieering College, Bhawanipatna, Dist – Kalahandi
  5. College of Agriculture, Bhawanipatna, Dist – Kalahandi
  6. WODC funds and free land for Private Medical College, Jaring, near Bhawanipatna, Dist – Kalahandi  (significant part of the construction is complete)
  7. Pushed Vedanta to establish Vedanta Science College in Lanjigarh, Dist – Kalahandi
  8. Parla Maharaj Engineering College, Berhampur, Dist-Ganjam
  9. Special SUIIT institute as part of Sambalpur University, Dist – Sambalpur
  10. WODC funds for Hi-Tech Medical College, Rourkela, Dist – Sundergarh (under construction) 
  11. Indian Institute of Handloom Technology, Baragarh
  12. College of Horticulture, Chipilima, Dist – Sambalpur

The districts involved above and the number of items for them are: Baragarh (1), Gajapati (1), Ganjam (1), Kalahandi (4), Koraput (1), Sambalpur (3), Sundergarh (1). If one takes the funding amount as the criteria then Koraput comes at the top.

Some of the announcements that are most likely to happen in 1-3 years as reported in the news:

  1. Pushed MCL to agree to make a medical college in Talcher
  2. Pushed NTPC to agree to make a medical college (location not announced)
  3. Pushed NTPC to agree to make a Power Institute (location not announced)
  4. Announced that all three medical colleges (includes Berhampur, Sambalpur) will be autonomous starting with the one in Sambalpur.
  5. Announced that Khallikote College Berhampur will be made to a university
  6. Proposed that one of the 20 IIIT should be in Berhampur.
  7. Pushing to upgrade FCI Balangir to an Institute of Hotel Management
  8. Grants to XIMB to open a campus in Balangir
  9. Grants to XIMB to open a campus in Sambalpur
  10. Support for a CIPET campus in Balasore
  11. Upgradation of GM College, Sambalpur to a university (announed by Higher Education Minister)

The districts involved in the above two lists and their number of items are: Angul (1), Balasore (1), Balangir (2), Baragarh (1), Gajapati (1), Ganjam (4), Kalahandi (4), Koraput (1), Sambalpur (6), Sundergarh (1).

The districts that are left out are: Bhadrak, Bouda, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kandhamala, Kendrapada, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanj, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Rayagada and Sonepur.

Besides the above there have been reports about government willing to give grants to several private medical colleges in various places and the WODC has tried (but failed) to entice (through grants and free land) a private party to establish a medical college in Balangir.

Also, I think the government will implement some of the recommendations made by the higher education task force.


Please suggest missing items in the comments section. Any capital-bashing comments will be deleted as the purpose of this post is to get a clear picture of what is happenning and not happening in the higher education side outside of the capital districts of Khurda, Cuttack and Puri.

Again, this list is to get a clear picture of what has happened in the non-capital area districts so that one can make an informed decision if the government is biased towards some non-capital districts over other non-capital districts. (There is no argument that the bulk of the moves have been made favoring the capital area. So no discussion on that.)

In regards to my personal view on what the government ought to do, it is listed in details in the site http://orissa2020.org.


The above list should not be interpreted in isolation. For example, one should not conclude that Kalahandi got too much. It got several institutions because it started from very little and the education conscious people of Kalahandi have been rightly demanding for higher education institutions for a long time. But at the same token, arguing that Kalahandi has been neglected by this government with respect to higher education just goes against the facts above and I worry that the well-meaning people who are making such arguments may be harming their cause. I guess the argument comes from losing the central university to Koraput. But then every district other than Koraput (and the capital districts) can use that argument. [If there is interest I will explain more on my take on this in the comments section.]

As an analogy, in 2005 we could rightly argue that the central government neglected Odisha with respect to centrally funded higher education institutions. But if we now say that the UPA government  neglected Odisha with respect to centrally funded higher education institutions, we will be laughed at, and our efforts will have negative impact. So we plan to use finer arguments and location specific arguments to push for central institutions in Odisha for the 12th plan.

Kalahandi people wanting more institutions in Kalahandi should think of other ways to make their case and irritating the state government and its bureaucrats with arguments that go against the facts (see list above) may help some politicians but has a higher potential to harm Kalahandi’s case than help its case.

44 comments March 29th, 2011

NALCO to set up a carbon sequestration unit in its power plant in Angul; The National Academy of Engineering of US considers carbon sequestration as one of the 14 engineering grand challenges awaiting solutions in the 21st century

Following is an excerpt from a report in Orissadiary.

National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna PSU, under Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India, has become the first PSU in India by implementing a pilot-cum-demonstration project on Carbon Sequestration in its Captive Power Plant at Angul.

… Nalco has earmarked an area of 0.18 acre for the project to adopt an advanced and innovative technology by engaging the firm M/s Indo-Can Technology Solutions (ICTS), a pioneer in the area of bio-technology solutions, for providing technical consultancy and rendering necessary services to guide Nalco for successful completion of the project within 18 months.

Carbon sequestration is a method for managing and storing of carbon dioxide (CO2) or other forms of Carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere by burning carbon-based fuels. It is a relatively new idea brought about by the worldwide concern that high concentrations of atmospheric CO2 contribute to global warming.

Since Orissa is having huge coal reserves, a large number of Thermal Power Plants and Industries having large power requirements are coming up in the State and this trend will continue to grow in future. These power plants emit huge quantity of CO2 to the atmosphere. In the recent Copenhagen summit India has volunteered to cut down the rate of emission of Green House Gases (GHG) by 20% by 2020.

A battery of system would be introduced into the flue gas stream to clean the flue gas to suit cultivation of algae.

Algae, a kind of microorganism, is the most efficient photosynthetic and CO2 sequestering organism on earth and its productivity potential can be increased by supplementing with high concentrations of CO2, a characteristic not matched by plants, thus making algae more productive than any other crop. Micro-algae could achieve growth rate that is ten times more than that of other land plants. Faster growth implies more photosynthesis and hence higher CO2 consumption. India being in the temperate climate zone is best suited for algae cultivation.

The algae so produced can be used for production of bio-fuel, Poultry & Cattle feed, Aquaculture Feed, pharmaceutical products and a kind of organic fuel having high calorific value. By successfully implementing this project NALCO can pursue to avail the benefit of Carbon Credits under Clean Development Mechanism in two ways (i) through the process of Carbon capturing from flue gas and (ii) also through Bio-Energy and bio product generation.

Carbon Sequestration is a very important research area in Engineering and is in the list of 14 grand challenges awaiting solutions in the 21st century compiled by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Committee on Engineering’s Grand Challenges. See http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/8996/9077.aspx for details. I hope one of the research institutions in Odisha partner with NALCO and others having thermal power plants in Odisha to pursue research in this area.

Following is a big excerpt from the NAE site.

What is carbon sequestration?

Carbon sequestration is capturing the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels and storing it safely away from the atmosphere.

How do you capture CO2?

Methods already exist for key parts of the sequestration process. A chemical system for capturing carbon dioxide is already used at some facilities for commercial purposes, such as beverage carbonation and dry ice manufacture. The same approach could be adapted for coal-burning electric power plants, where smokestacks could be replaced with absorption towers. One tower would contain chemicals that isolate carbon dioxide from the other gases (nitrogen and water vapor) that escape into the air and absorb it. A second tower would separate the carbon dioxide from the absorbing chemicals, allowing them to be returned to the first tower for reuse.

A variation to this approach would alter the combustion process at the outset, burning coal in pure oxygen rather than ordinary air. That would make separating the carbon dioxide from the exhaust much easier, as it would be mixed only with water vapor, and not with nitrogen. It’s relatively simple to condense the water vapor, leaving pure carbon dioxide gas that can be piped away for storage.

In this case, though, a different separation problem emerges — the initial need for pure oxygen, which is created by separating it from nitrogen and other trace gases in the air. If that process can be made economical, it would be feasible to retrofit existing power plants with a pure oxygen combustion system, simplifying and reducing the cost of carbon dioxide capture.

Advanced methods for generating power from coal might also provide opportunities for capturing carbon dioxide. In coal-gasification units, an emerging technology, coal is burned to produce a synthetic gas, typically containing hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Adding steam, along with a catalyst, to the synthetic gas converts the carbon monoxide into additional hydrogen and carbon dioxide that can be filtered out of the system. The hydrogen can be used in a gas turbine (similar to a jet engine) to produce electric power.

How do you store CO2?

Several underground possibilities have been investigated. Logical places include old gas and oil fields. Storage in depleted oil fields, for example, offers an important economic advantage — the carbon dioxide interacts with the remaining oil to make it easier to remove. Some fields already make use of carbon dioxide to enhance the recovery of hard-to-get oil. Injecting carbon dioxide dislodges oil trapped in the pores of underground rock, and carbon dioxide’s presence reduces the friction impeding the flow of oil through the rock to wells.

Depleted oil and gas fields do not, however, have the capacity to store the amounts of carbon dioxide that eventually will need to be sequestered. By some estimates, the world will need reservoirs capable of containing a trillion tons of carbon dioxide by the end of the century. That amount could possibly be accommodated by sedimentary rock formations with pores containing salty water (brine).

The best sedimentary brine formations would be those more than 800 meters deep — far below sources of drinking water, and at a depth where high pressure will maintain the carbon dioxide in a high-density state.

Sedimentary rocks that contain brine are abundantly available, but the concern remains whether they will be secure enough to store carbon dioxide for centuries or millennia. Faults or fissures in overlying rock might allow carbon dioxide to slowly escape, so it will be an engineering challenge to choose, design, and monitor such storage sites carefully. 

Concerns about leaks suggest to some experts that the best strategy might be literally deep-sixing carbon dioxide, by injecting it into sediments beneath the ocean floor. High pressure from above would keep the carbon dioxide in the sediments and out of the ocean itself. It might cost more to implement than other methods, but it would be free from worries about leaks. And in the case of some coastal sites of carbon dioxide production, ocean sequestration might be a more attractive strategy than transporting it to far-off sedimentary basins.

It is also possible that engineers will be able to develop new techniques for sequestering carbon dioxide that are based upon natural processes. For example, when atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide increased in geologic times to a certain unknown threshold, it went into the ocean and combined with positively charged calcium ions to form calcium carbonate – limestone. Similarly, engineers might devise ways of pumping carbon dioxide into the ocean in ways that would lock it eternally into rock.

It may well be that multiple strategies and storage locations will be needed to solve this problem, but the prospect for success appears high. “Scientific and economic challenges still exist,” writes Harvard geoscientist Daniel Schrag, “but none are serious enough to suggest that carbon capture and storage will not work at the scale required to offset trillions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next century.” [Schrag, p. 812]

 

References

Herzog, H., and D. Golomb.  2004.  Carbon Capture and Storage from Fossil Fuel Use.  Encyclopedia of Energy, ed. C.J. Cleveland.  Vol. 1.  Elsevier Science: .

Lal, R.  2004.  Carbon Sequestration, Terrestrial.  Encyclopedia of Energy, Vol. 1 (Elsevier Inc.).

Schrag, D.P.,  et al.  2007.  Preparing to Capture Carbon,” Science 315, p. 812. DOI: 10.1126/science.1137632.

Socolow, R.H.  2005.  Can We Bury Global Warming?  Scientific American (July 2005), pp. 49-55.

Zenz House, K. et al.  2006.   Permanent carbon dioxide storage in deep-sea sediments,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103 (15 August 2006), pp. 12291-12295.

 

Add comment March 22nd, 2011

IMI Bhubaneswar building design and the philosophy behind it

Following is from http://www.e-architect.co.uk/india/imi_campus_bhubaneswar.htm.


Architects : ADS Designs Pvt. Ltd.

When asked to design the IMI campus at Bhubaneswar, Orissa, we decided at first to learn the ‘City of Temples’, to let it speak to us. And….. it spoke like never before!

The temples with their rich architecture, atypical to any other in India, and sanctity had us overwhelmed.
The primitive rock cut cave architecture took us back in time.
The sculptural motifs left us breathless with their majesty, beauty and attention to detail.
The gardens, statues and fountains beckoned to us invitingly.
We took solace from the heat under extended roofs and traditional courtyards.
We found an architecture which had risen from the native soil – sacred and pure.
We found one of those rare places where tradition matches its steps with modernity, where culture and technology flourish together, where the glorious past is preserved and an illustrious future is in the making.

We finally understood what the city was trying to tell us.
The challenge lay in fusing the rich heritage and traditional elements in a modern setting.

And then we created – for the city and for the purpose.

International Management Institute IMI Campus International Management Institute Bhubaneswar International Management Institute Bhubaneswar

For the purpose
The site is located in an extreme tropical climate on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, about 14 kms from the city centre. The campus is to be built in three phases. The planning is done such that phase II & III construction, will not interfere with the daily happenings of the institute or residential facilities.
 
The site was broadly zoned according to site constraints and function, allowing for easy vehicular movement and short distance pedestrian movement. The academic block is placed between the student hostels and faculty residences acting as a buffer between them as well as making it easily accessible to both areas.
Keeping in mind the extreme summer conditions, the structures have been designed and oriented on site to minimize heat gain and reduce the use of electromechanical energy.

Interactive zones where students can spill out, unwind, celebrate or just be inspired are a very essential part of campus design. The main interactive zone has been designed as a central plaza of the academic block. A shaded walkway connects the plaza to the hostels, creating a strong visual link between the two. Other smaller zones have been designed at nodal points.

IMI Campus IMI Campus at Bhubaneswar International Management Institute IMI Campus at Bhubaneswar

For the city
Although the design of the institute is very modern a conscious effort has been made to fuse into the concept some of the local influences. The curved façade of the library building in the academic block will have sculptures, replicated from Khandagiri caves, in stone embedded into the façade. As one views the academic block, one sees a modern design reinforced with the traditional. The beauty of the sculptures will leave the viewer speechless as one is reminded of the rich culture and history of the state.

The traditional courtyard here is in the form of a central stepped plaza, designed using solid laterite blocks, locally available in Orissa, which leads to a water body. Keeping the climatic factors in mind, the central water court acts as a natural exhaust cooling the air passing over it making the middle court a solace in the hot summer.

Large overhanging roofs, pergolas, colonnades are some of the traditional elements which have been used in the design.
A combination of brick cladding and painted surfaces have been used throughout the campus, giving it a very earthy and sobering feel especially in the summer.

A strong vertical axis is created in the form of a tower as a feature element, with a visibility from 3kms away, making the campus a landmark in the surrounding areas.

This design is a confluence of the traditional with the modern, where we allow the past to catch up with us, remind us where we come from, while taking a leap into the future.

As famous architect Frank O. Gehry said ‘Architecture should speak for its time and place, but yearn for timelessness’, we attempt to do just that.

IMI Campus Bhubaneswar images / information from ADS Designs Pvt. Ltd.

Add comment March 15th, 2011

List of faculty at IIIT Bhubaneswar and their qualification

 

The following is compiled from http://www.iiit-bh.ac.in/faculty/faculty-list and http://www.iiit-bh.ac.in/downloads/AdmissionBrochure2011.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1.

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), Lecturer
  6. Mr. Muktikanta Sahu, M. Tech. (BPUT), Lecturer
  7. Dr. Debasish Jena, BE, M.Tech.(UU),Ph.D.(NIT, Rourkela), Assistant Professor
  8. Mr. Alok Chakrabarty , Ph.D. thesis submitted (Assam Univerisity), Lecturer
  9. Dr. Hemanta Kumar Pati , Ph.D. (IIT Kharagpur), Assistant Professor
  10. Mr. Suvendu Rup ,B.E(UU) , M.Tech.(Jadavpur University), Ph.D. continuing (NIT Rourkela), Lecturer
  11. Dr. Sudarsan Padhy, Ph.D, Emeritus Professor (Retired from Utkal University)
  • 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), Lecturer
  2. Mr. Tapas Kumar Panigrahi , M. Tech.(Bengal Engineering College), Senior Lecturer
  3. Ms. Umamani Subudhi , M.Tech.(UCE, Burla), Lecturer

Electronics:

  1. Mr. Harish Kumar Sahoo ,M.Tech.(NIT,Rourkela),Ph.D. continuing (Sambalpur University), Senior Lecturer
  2. Mr. Ratnakar Dash , M. Tech.(UCE, Burla), Ph.D.continuing (NIT, Rourkela), Lecturer
  • Mr. Tapas Patra, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar

Mechanical Engineering:

  1. Mr. Bamadev Sahoo, M. Tech. (IIT Kharagpur), Senior Lecturer
  2. Mr. Biranchi Narayan Padhi , M. Tech.(UCE, Burla), Ph.D. continuing (NIT Rourkela), Senior Lecturer

 

  • Dr. L. N. Panda, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar
  • Dr. P. K. Satapathy, Ph.D, Visiting Faculty, From CET Bhubaneswar

Physics:

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

Chemistry:

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

Mathematics:

  1. Dr. Rupaj Kumar Nayak, Ph.D.(UU), Assistant Professor
  2. Dr. Manas Ranjan Tripathy , Ph.D .(IIT Kharagpur), Lecturer

Humanities:

  1. Ms. Lipika Das, Lecturer, M. A., M.Phil., Ph.D.continuing (UU) – Communicative English, Lecturer
  2. Dr. Tanutrushna Panigrahi, Ph. D. (Berhampur University) – Communicative English, Senior Lecturer

22 comments March 5th, 2011

2011-12 budget allocations for various HRD institutions

The 2011-12 budget is available at http://indiabudget.nic.in/ebmain.asp. The HRD budget page is http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2011-12/eb/sbe59.pdf. Following is from those pages.

MHRD: Higher Education:

  • Total budget for Higher Education: 21912 crores.   (2010-11: 18206 crores)
  • UGC: Total budget is 8675.66 crores. (2010-11: 7530.19 crores) [Includes the budget of the old and new central universities.]**CUO Koraput**
  • Educational Loan interest subsidy: 640 crores (2010-11: 500 crores; this program was introduced in 2010-11.)
  • 7 old IITs: 2081.68 crores (2010-11: 1771.71 crores)
  • Setting up of 8 new IITs: 500 crores (2010-11: 250 crores)**IIT Bhubaneswar**
  • IISc Bangalore: 290.41 crores (2010-11: 267.65 crores)
  • ISMU Dhanbad: 138.68 crores (2010-11: 122.47 crores)
  • 5 IISERs: 580 crores (2010-11: 450 crores)
  • 20 NITs: 1378.58 crores (2010-11: 1292.51 crores)**NIT Rourkela**
  • Setting up of new NITs: 40 crores (2010-11: 16.81 crores)
  • IIEST: 25 crores
  • 7 old IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore, Shillong): 148.93 crores (2010-11: 108.8 crores)
  • Setting up of new IIMs: 60 crores (2010-11: 13 crores)
  • IIITs:  Gwalior – 39.38 crores; Allahabad  – 52.35 crores; Jabalpur – 40 crores; Kanchipuram – 70 crores.
  • New IIITs: 29 crores **IIIT Berhampur ??**
  • SLIET: 39.03 crores (2010-11: 27 crores)
  • NERIST: 39.66 crores (2010-11: 36.34 crores)

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

  • Total: 26897 crores (2010-11: 23300 crores)
  • Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi: 345 crores (2010-11: 330.69 crores)
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi: 283 crores (2010-11: 257.54 crores)
  • Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi: 67 crores (2010-11: 52.03 crores)
  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai: 14.5 crores (2010-11: 11.6 crores)
  • Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital, New Delhi: 56.22 crores (2010-11: 53.91 crores)
  • Vallabh Bhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University: 33.4 crores (2010-11: 30.72 crores)
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College & Smt. Sucheta Kripalani Hospital New Delhi: 194 crores (2010-11: 174.72 crores)
  • NIMHANS Bangalore: 166.23 crores (2010-11: 140.46 crores)
  • All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore: 41 crores (2010-11: 34.35 crores)
  • PGIMER, Chandigarh: 470 crores (2010-11: 407 crores)
  • JIPGMER, Puducherry: 250 crores (2010-11: 266 crores)
  • AIIMS New Delhi: 1022.35 crores (2010-11: 985 crores)
  • 6 New AIIIMS-like institutions and upgrading of state govt. hospitals: 1616.57 crores (2010-11: 747 crores)**AIIMS-like Bhubaneswar**

Department of Atomic Energy:

  • Total: 7602.41 crores (2010-11: 6535.29 crores)
  • BARC, Mumbai: 2554 crores (2010-11: 2338.20 crores)
  • IGCAR, Kalpakkam: 711.70 crores (2010-11: 454 crores)
  • RRCAT, Indore: 248.15 crores (2010-11: 226.25 crores)
  • VECC, Kolkata: 155.69 crores (2010-11: 106.54 crores)
  • TIFR, Mumbai: 510.38 crores (2010-11: 417.30 crores)
  • Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai: 289.78 crores (2010-11: 286.60 crores)
  • Saha Institute, Kolkata:  117.05 crores (2010-11: 116.9  crores)
  • Institute Of Physics (IOP), Bhubaneswar: 239.6 crores (2010-11:  76.86 crores)
  • Harish-Chandra Institute, Allahabad: 25.8 crores (2010-11: 19.74  crores)
  • Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai: 28 crores (2010-11: 27.5  crores)
  • Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar: 564.48 crores (2010-11: 384.63 crores)

(IOP’s budget used to be around 20-25 crores, close to the budget of HCI Allahabad and IMS Chennai. The substantially higher amount is because it includes the budget of NISER, Bhubaneswar. I wonder why NISER does not have a line item budget.)

Ministry of Statistics and programme Implementation

  • Indian Statistical Institute: 141 Crores (2010-11: 131.76 crores)

Ministry of Textiles

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology: 167 crores (2010-11: 108 crores) [Several campuses, including one in Bhubaneswar]

Ministry of Environment and Forests

  • Indian Institute of Forest Management: 12.5 crores (2010-11: 12.5 crores)

Department of Space

  • Vikram Sarabhai Space Center: 686.03 crores (2010-11: 603.05 crores)
  • ISRO-Inertial Systems Unit: 39.74 crores (2010-11: 29.63 crores)
  • Liquid propulsions systems center: 314.33 crores (2010-11: 271.32 crores)
  • Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology: 100 crores (2010-11: 100 crores)
  • ISRO Satellite Center (ISAC): 320.69 crores (2010-11: 348.10 crores)
  • Laboratory for Electro-Optics System: 42.85 crores (2010-11: 36.71 crores)
  • Semi-Conductor Laboratory: 80 crores (2010-11: 58 crores)
  • Satish Dhawan Space Center: 434.77 crores (2010-11: 364.41 crores)
  • Space Application Center: 420.75 crores (2010-11: 300.86 crores)
  • National Remote Sensing Center: 223.80 crores (2010-11: 222.2 crores)
  • Physical Research Laboratory: 80.7 crores (2010-11: 47.13 crores)
  • National Atmospheric Research Laboratory: 19.34 crores (2010-11: 9.1 crores

Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology:  39 crores (2010-11: 36 crores)

Ministry of Chemical and Fertlizers

  • NIPER (old and several new ones): 132.31 crores (2010-11: 71.22 crores)
  • CIPET: 44.32 crores (2010-11: 74.55 crores) [*Several campuses including one in Bhubaneswar*]
  • Institute of Pesticides Formulation Technology: 4 crores (2010-11: 3.19 crores)

Ministry of Agriculture

  • National Institute of Biotic Stress Management: 20 crores (new)
  • Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology: 30 crores (new)
  • Central Agricultural University, Bundelkhand: 30 crores (new)

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports

  • Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development: 10.8 crores (2010-11: 9.9 crores)
  • Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education: 24.63 crores (2010-11: 36.63 crores)
  • Laxmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education – NE area and Sikkim Initiative: 15 crores (2010-11: 3 crores)

Ministry of Science & Technology

  • 23 autonomous S & T institutions and professional bodies: 713 crores (2010-11: 589 crores)
  • 14 autonomous Biotechnology R & D institutions: 378.35 crores (2010-11: 330.1 crores) **Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar**
  • 37 CSIR National Laboratories and 38 field centers: 2312.68 crores (2010-11: 2083.84 crores)
  • Institute of Translational Research (Innovation Complexes): 10 crores (new) [To be created at strategic locations.]

Ministry of Culture

  • National School of Drama: 21.2 crores (2010-11: 21.95 crores)

Ministry of Shipping

  • Indian Maritime University: 41 crores (2010-11: 26 crores)

Ministry of Tourism

  • Training (22 institutes of Hotel Management; 5 Food Craft Institutes; IITTM; National Institute of Water Sports): 123 crores (2010-11: 109.22 crores)

Department of Information Technology

  • National Informatic Centers: 679 crores (2010-11: 628 crores)
  • C-DAC: 185.4 crores (2010-11: 163 crores)

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

  • Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs: 28 crores (2010-11: 87.36 crores)

Ministry of Commerce

  • National Institute of Design: 9.5 crores (2010-11: 11.49 crores)
  • National Institute of Intellectual Property Management: 8.4 crores (2010-11: 10.3 crores)
  • Central Manufacturing Technology Institutes: 5.5 crores (2010-11: 4.24 crores)

I have not been able to figure out which ministry funds the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Also, if I am missing some institutes which I should include, please let me know.

1 comment March 1st, 2011

Odisha Power Technology and management Institute (OPTMI)

We earlier wrote about this proposal in http://www.orissalinks.com/archives/4781. There is a new article about it in tathya.in. Nothing much new in this article except it gives the name of the institute. Nevertheless, the new article suggests that that authorities are thinking about its implementation. Following is from this tathya article.

With 40 000 Mega Watt (MW) power production being lined up, the Government of Odisha is mulling to set up a Power Technology Management Institute in the state. 

So the Government of Odisha has decided to set up the Odisha Power Technology and management Institute(OPTMI), which will be of international standard, said official sources. 

More than 30 Independent Power Producers (IPP)s are setting up their plants in the state, major share of such capacity addition is expected within Twelfth Plan Period(2012-17), foresee officials in Department of Energy(DOE).

In fact increase in power generation capacities also requires commensurate development of transmission capabilities as well as enhanced techno-commercial and  management skills as well as modern Grid management and Energy metering, said Pradip Kumar Jena, Secretary DOE.

Mr.Jena said that it would increasingly become necessary to adopt highly efficient technologies, commercial and management practices to handle such high volume of power generation, transmission and distribution. 

Needless to say that this would also require a vast pool of human resources having skillsets and competency of a nature not widely available today, said an expert in Power Sector. 

So the Power Administrators have felt the necessity to simultenously plan an accelerated growth of human resources having right competence . 

Moreover, in order to utilize newly emerging frontier technology and management concepts it would be necessary to develop an advanced facility to undertake research in such high technology and management sectors with continuous focus on Power Sector of Odisha.

Keeping this in view OPTMI is being planned to be set up on the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, said an official. 

This institute will be set up with active participation of the upcoming power projects in the state and the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU)s of the Power Sector, said the official.

1 comment February 23rd, 2011

Odisha must push for an ISMU branch

Following up on our earlier article, Odisha must push for an ISMU branch. The logic behind Assam getting an RGIPT branch is that Assam has a lot of petroleum related oil wells and refineries. By the same logic, Odisha tops the states in India with respect to its mineral output. Following is from a report in Business Standard.

With minerals produced in the state in 2009-10 valued at Rs 15,317 crore, Orissa has 13.10 percent share of the total value of minerals produced by major states in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (7.70 percent), Andhra Pradesh (7.21 percent), Maharashtra (4.92 percent), Gujarat (4.65 percent), Karnataka (3.96 percent), Tamil Nadu (3.21 percent), Rajasthan (2.99 percent), Assam (2.96 percent), West Bengal (2.78 percent).

According to the Economic Survey report (2010-11), the value of minerals extracted in Orissa has gone up by more than four times from Rs 3694 crore to Rs 15,317 crore between 2002-03 and 2009-10 coinciding with the boom in the mineral market during this period.

Orissa boasts of 95 percent of country’s chromite deposit, 92 percent of nickel ore, 55 percent of bauxite and 33 percent of iron ore. Besides, the state has substantial quantity of other minerals and ores like coal, manganese, dolomite, graphite and limestone.

With the iron ore prices spiraling, this commodity naturally leads the pack of minerals in terms of production and value. The state produced 79.7 million tonnes of iron ore in 2009-10 valued at Rs 7976 crore. This is followed by coal (105.5 million tonnes valued at Rs 5548 crore and chromite (3.4 million tonne valued at Rs 1167 crore).

Similarly, iron ore constituted 95.4 percent of the total exports of minerals from the state. About 15 million tonnes of iron ore was exported in 2009-10 valued at Rs 4224 core compared to exports of 0.46 million tonnes of chrome ore valued at Rs 464 crore and 0.25 million tonnes of mineral sand valued at Rs 72.32 crore.

One of the disturbing factors highlighted by the report is that with mining and quarrying sector gradually shifting to labour saving and capital-intensive technology, the total employment in the sector has been decreasing over the years. As a result, the number of direct employment in the mineral sector in Orissa has come down from 55764 in 2005-06 to 43705 in 2009-10.

It may be noted, with mineral deposits mostly occurring in the tribal belt of the state, this sector employs substantial number of tribals.

When ISM was made in Dhanbad, that region was perhaps the leader in mineral output (mainly coal) in the country. Odisha with a variety of minerals needs an ISM branch and we must push for it hard.

Related to that recently the Chief Minister has been concerned about the coal block allocation in Odisha. Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times on that.

Orissa government has taken strong exception to the coal ministry’s unilateral decision to allot coal blocks without consulting the state.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh urging him to review the allocation of coal blocks in Orissa. The coal ministry has allotted 32 coal blocks with an estimated reserve of about 15,000 million tons to 56 private and government agencies.

Mr Patnaik made it clear that a comprehensive regional master plan should have been prepared prior to allotment of huge number of coal mines in inhabited and environmentally sensitive areas in the state. Focus has to be given for infrastructure development, logistic planning, land requirements, rehabilitation and resettlement, environment impact studies and mitigation measures, the letter said.

Expressing serious concerns over the adverse environmental impact in post operationalisation of such a large number of coal blocks, Mr Patnaik pointed out that coal mining would cause deforestation and air pollution. Sources close to CM’s officer said, the letter also had pointed out that it might not be possible for the state to accommodate new coal mines by jeopardizing its environmental stability. The coal ministry needs to be advised to take a pragmatic and planned approach, keeping the interests and concerns of all stake holders including the state government in mind, the letter said.

For making the 32 coal blocks functional, 325 sq km shall have to be acquired within few years and another equivalent amount of land would be needed for allied activities like coal handling plants, siding, workshop, and residential colonies for project affected people, compensatory afforestation and other infrastructural facilities including roads.

This would lead to massive displacement and consequent socio-economic and environmental crisis, the chief minister is understood to have stated in his missive to the PM. However, such large-scale land acquisition and displacement could be avoided if coal blocks are allotted and developed in a planned and phased manner, Naveen added.

Incidentally, Orissa is already on the throes of severe climate change due to setting up of huge number of coal fired power plants threatening the livelihood of farmers and fishermen who form 70 % of the state’s population shall be severely hit due to irregular monsoons and erratic rainfall patterns.

Most of the power produced shall be transmitted to other states while the people of the state shall be the unwilling victims of the effects on climate change and pollution caused by the huge quantities of green house gases (GHGs) and fly ash generated.

“Coal mining is done either underground or open cast. In Orissa mostly open cast mining is done. When coal surfaces are exposed, pyrite (iron sulfide), comes in contact with water and air forming sulfuric acid. As water drains from the mine, the acid moves into the waterways, and as long as rain falls on the mine tailings the sulfuric acid production continues, whether the mine is still operating or not. Proper and holistic environmental protection measures are not taken by the owners of coal mines”, former director general of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research [CSIR] and currently, chairman, Institute of Advance Technology and Environmental Studies (IATES), P. K. Jena on Thursday told “The ET”.

This reinforces our thought that the civil society andthe government of Odisha must together push for  an ISMU campus in Odisha that will specialize in all the issues mentioned above.

Please add aditional pointers in the comment section. As soon as the Malkangiri sutiation gets resolved we will start a movement to get an ISMU campus to Odisha.

1 comment February 21st, 2011

Institute of Mathematics and Applications (Bhubaneswar) comes of age; has 9 regular faculty now

The Institute of Mathematics and Applications Bhubaneswar now has 9 regular faculty and several guest faculty. Its 9 regular faculty are:

Sl No

Name of the Faculty

Designation

Email id

1

Professor S. Pattanayak, Ph.D

Director and Professor of Mathematics.

[email protected]

2

Professor M. N. Mishra, Ph.D

Professor of Statistics

[email protected]

3

Dr. S. K. Sahoo, Ph.D

Registrar and Reader in Mathematics

[email protected]

4

Dr. Seshadev Pradhan, Ph.D (IIT Kharagpur)

Lecturer in Mathematics

[email protected]

5

Dr. Sasmita Barik, Ph.D (IIT Guwahati)

Lecturer in Mathematics

[email protected]

6

Dr. Jugal Mohapatra, Ph.D (IIT Guwahati)

Lecturer in Mathematics

[email protected]

7

Miss Sumitra Pradhan

Lecturer in Computer Science

[email protected]

8

  Dr. Sudhakar Sahoo (Utkal University) (DBLP)

Lecturer in Computer Science

[email protected]

    9

Dr. Abhijnan Rej, Ph.D (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn)

Lecturer in Mathematics

[email protected]

In comparison, the more established Institute of Phyiscs (IOP), Bhubaneswar currently has 18 regular faculty and 4 open positions and the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), Bhubaneswar has 13 regular faculty and is recruiting.

In terms of academic programs, IMA offers a B.Sc(Hons) in Mathematics and Computing and an M.A/M.Sc in Computational Finance. It also supervises Ph.D and post-doctoral students. It has plans to introduce a 5 yr integrated Computer Science program and a 5 yr integrated B.Math/M.Math program. The National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India has agreed to fund the B.Math/M.Math programme. It is also involved in Math olympiads, RMTS (Rural Math Talen Search) and mathematics training camps for school students to prepare them for olympiads.

In contrast IOP offers predoc (M.Phil), doctoral (Ph.D) and post-doctoral programs and ILS offers only Ph.D and post-doctoral programs.

2 comments January 31st, 2011

Private State Universities of India as listed in the UGC site as of 18th Jan 2011

Following is from http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/privateuniversity.html.

Public Notice on Private Universities


18thJanuary, 2011

It has come to the notice of the University Grants Commission that some of the State Private Universities have affiliated colleges and started off-campus centre(s) in violation of the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulation, 2003 and against the judgment of Honble Supreme Court in case of Prof. Yash Pal & Others vs. State of Chhattisgarh & Others. Some of these Universities are running these Centres on franchising basis also which is not allowed.

The public at large and the student community in particular are therefore informed that as per the information available with the UGC as on date, there are following 73 Private Universities established by the Acts of the Legislatures of different States:- 

Assam 
Bihar 
Chhattisgarh 
Gujarat 
Haryana 
Himachal Pradesh 
Jharkhand 
Karnataka 
Madya Pradesh
  Meghalya
Mizoram 
Nagaland 
Orissa 
Punjab 
Rajasthan 
Sikkim 
Tripura 
Uttar Pradesh 
Uttrakhand
S.No. Name of Private University Date of Gazette Notification Date of Inspection Status of the University with regard to inspection by UGC
  ASSAM      
1 Assam Doon Bosco University
Azara, Guwahati
12.02.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  BIHAR      
2 Aryabhatta Knowledge University
8, Off Polo Road 
Patna-800001
11.08.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  CHHATTISGARH      
3 Dr. C.V. Raman University
Kargi Road, Kota 
Bilaspur
03.11.2006 9-10 November, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
4 MATS University
Arang Kharora
Raipur
03.11.2006 19-20 June, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
5 Maharishi University of Management and Technology, 
post: Mangla,
Bilaspur- 495001
18.04.2002 —- Information called for inspection purpose
  Gujarat      
6 Ahmedabad University
Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad-380009
Gujarat
07.07.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
7 Charotar University of Science & Technology
Changa-388421
Distt. Anand
04.11.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
8 Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology
Gandhinagar-382 007
06.03.2003 21 August, 2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
9 Nirma University of Science & Technology
Sarkhej, Gandhinagar
12.03.2003 15 May 2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
10 Ganpat University
Ganpat Vidyanagar
Gandhinagar
23.03.2005 17-18 October, 2005 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
11. Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya
Sarva Vidyalaya Campus
Gandhinagar
16.05.2007 13-14 October, 2008 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
12. Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Gandhinagar-382 009
04.04.2007 3-4 October, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
13 Calrox Teacher’s University
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
07.07.2009 —- Information called for inspection purpose
  HARYANA      
14 O.P. Jindal Global University
Sonepat
January, 2009 —– Inspection report can be seen at annexure
15 ITM University
Gurgaon, Haryana
21.10.2009 5-6 February, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
16 AMITY University Haryana
Amity Education Valley
Panchgaon,Manesar
Distt. Gurgaon, Haryana-122413
26.4.2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  HIMACHAL PRADESH      
17 Chitkara University
HIMUDA Education Hub
Solan-174 103
21.01.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
18 Jaypee University of Information Technology
Distt. Solan-174 103
23.05.2002 02.06.2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
19 Eternal University
Baru Sahib Distt.
Sirmour
22.10.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
20 Shoolini University
Solan
Himachal Pradesh
15.10.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
21 Indus International University
V.P.O. Bathu, Tehsil Haroli, Distt. Una,
Himachal Pradesh-174301
01.02.2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
22 Arni University
Kathgarh, Tehsil Indore
Distt Kangra (H.P.)
04.11..2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
23 Manav Bharti University
Solan
Himachal Pradesh
22.09.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
24 Baddi University of Energing Science & Technology
Makhnimajra, BADDI
Distt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh
22.09.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
25 Maharishi Markandeshwar University
Kumarhatti, Sultanpur Road
Solan-173 229
Himachal Pradesh
19-09-2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  JHARKHAND      
26 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Ranchi
17.06.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  KARNATAKA      
27 Alliance University
Chikkahagada Cross, 
Chandapura- Anekal Main Road,
Anekal, Bangalore-562106
Karnataka
16.09.2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  MADYA PRADESH      
28 Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology
AB Road, Raghogarh, Distt, Guna-473226
Madya Pradesh
University has been established by way of an ordinance (No. 3 of 2010) which needs to be regularised by State Legislature Assembly of M.P. Govt. 

Yet to be notified by M.P. Govt.

—– —–
  MEGHALYA      
29 CMJ University 
Modrina Mansion
Laitumkhrah Shillong
Meghalaya-793003
20.07.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
30 Martin Luther Christian University
KIPA Conference Centre
Shillong-793 004
13.07.2005 15-16 April, 2008 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
31 Techno Global University
Anita Mension, Bishnupur
Shillong-793 004
02.12.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
32 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Meghalya-794 001
04.11.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
33 University of Science & Technology
Meghalaya
02.12.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  MIZORAM      
34 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Aizawal, Mizoram-798012
21.03.2006 12-13 August, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
  NAGALAND      
35 The Global Open University
Wokha-797 111
18.09.2006 29-30 July, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
36 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Dimapur, Nagaland
04.11.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  ORISSA      
37 Centurion University of Technology and Management
Village Alluri Nagar
Via-Uppalada
Paralakhemundi – 761 211
Gajapati, Orissa
27-08-2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  PUNJAB      
38 Chitkara University
Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway(NH-64)
Village Jhansala
Tehsil Rajpura, Distt. Patiala
Panjab-140 401
07-12-2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
39 Lovely Professional University
Jalandhar, Ludhiana
Distt. Kappurthala
12.12.2006 17-18 October, 2006 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
  RAJASTHAN      
40 Amity University
Kant Kalwar, Jaipur-303 002
29.03.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
41 Bhagwant University
Sikar Road, Ajmer-305 001
14.04.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
42 Jagannath University
Vill. Rampura
Teshil-Chaksu, Jaipur
16.04.2008 13-14 July, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
43 Jaipur National University
Jagatpura, Jaipur
21.10.2007 10-12 April, 2008 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
44 Jodhpur National University
Narnadi, Jhanwar Road
Jodhpur
11.08.2008 15-16 March, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
45 Jyoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University
Vedant Gyan Valley Village
Jharna Matpala Jabner, Jaipur
21.04.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
46 Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University
RIICO Industrial Arrea, Tala Mod
NH-I, Achrol, Jaipur
03.02.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
47 Mewar University
Chittorgarh
22.09.2008 15-17 April,2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
48 NIMS University
Shobha Nagar, Jaipur-303 001
29.03.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
49 Pacific Academy of Higher Education & Research University (PAHER)
Pacific Hills,Airport Road 
Partap Nagar Extension
Udaipur-313003
29.04.2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
50 Shri Jagdish Prasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University
Chudela, Distt. Jhunjhunu.
03.02.2009 —– Information called for inspection purpose
51 Sri Padmapat Singhania University
Bhatewar, Udiapur-313 601
29.03.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
52 Singhania University
Pacheribari, Jhunjhunu
29.03.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
53 Suresh Gyan Vihar University
Mahal Jagatpura, Jaipur
21.04.2008 21-22 December, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
54 Shridhar University
Pilani Chirawa Road, Pilani Rajasthan-333031
03.04.2010 —— Information called for inspection purpose
  SIKKIM      
55 Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management University
Jorethang
24.03.2006 16-17 March, 2008 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
56 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Sikkim
09.10.2004 —– Information called for inspection purpose
57 Sikkim Manipal University of Health Medical & Technological Science
Gangtok
11.10.1995 28-30 January, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
58 Vinayaka Missions Sikkim University
Middle Tadong, PO Daragaorn
Tadong-237 102
30.07.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  TRIPURA      
59 The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University
Agartala-799001
31.03.2004 14-15 July, 2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
  UTTAR PRADESH      
60 Amity University Uttar Pradesh
Gautam Budh Nagar
24.03.2005 16-17 July, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
61 G.L.A. University
17 Km. Stone
Mathura-Delhi Highway
PO- Chaumuhan
Mathura-281406
01.04.2010 —– Information called for inspection purpose
62 Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University
Chitrakoot Dham-210 204
06.10.2001 —– Information called for inspection purpose
63 Integral University
Kursi Road, Lucknow-226 026
26.02.2004 2 September, 2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
64 Mangalayatan University
Aligarh
30.10.2006 —– Information called for inspection purpose
65 Mohammad Ali Jauhar University
Rampur
19.06.2006 —– Information called for inspection purpose
66 Teerthanker Mahaveer University
Moradabad
05.09.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
67 Sharda University
Gautam Budh Nagar
Greater Noida (UP)
24.03.2009 30 March-1 April, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
68 Swami Vivekanand Subharti University
Delhi-Haridwar Bye Pass Road
Meerut
05.09.2008 —– Information called for inspection purpose
  UTTRAKHAND      
69 Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya
Gayatrikunj, Shantikunj
Haridwar-249 411
22.01.2002 3-5 July, 2010 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
70 Himgiri Nabh Vishwavidyalaya
(University in the Sky)
Dehradun
11.07.2003 14-15 November, 2009 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
71 Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI)
Indira Nagar
Dehradun-248 006
10.07.2003 18-19 April , 2005 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
72 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
P.O. Bidhali (Via Prem Nagar)
Dehradun-248007 (Uttarakhand)
10.07.2003 21 May, 2004 Inspection report can be seen at annexure
73 University of Patanjali
Patanjali Yogpeeth
Haridwar
22.01.2002 —– Information called for inspection purpose

These 73 Universities are competent to award degrees as specified by UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act with the approval of the statutory councils, wherever required through their main campus. Wherever the approval of the statutory council is not a pre-requisite to start a programme, the Universities are required to maintain the minimum standards regarding academic and physical infrastructure as laid down by the concerned statutory council.

It is also informed that Private Universities cannot affiliate an institution/college. They cannot establish off campus centre(s) beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the concerned State. However, they can establish off-campus centre(s) within the concerned State after their existence of five years and with the prior approval of the University Grants Commission. So far, UGC has not approved any off campus centre(s) of any Private University.

Course(s) under distance mode can be started by the private university only after the prior approval of the UGC-AICTE and DEC joint Committee for which Director, Distance Education Council, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi – 110068 is the coordinator.

Students/Public at large are advised to go through this website carefully at the time of taking admission and should clarify the status of the University from UGC before taking admission in any Private University other than those listed above

Further, para 3.7 & 3.8 of the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003 are reproduced below for information of all the Private Universities: -

3.7. A private University shall provide all the relevant information relating to the first degree and post-graduate degree/diploma programme(s) including the curriculum structure, contents, teaching and learning process, examination and evaluation system and the eligibility criteria for admission of students, to the UGC on a proforma prescribed by the UGC prior to starting of these programmes.

3.8. The UGC on detailed examination of the information made available as well as the representations and grievances received by it from the students as well as concerned public relating to the deficiencies of the proposed programme(s) not conforming to various UGC Regulations, shall inform the concerned University about any shortcomings in respect of conformity to relevant regulations, for rectification. The University shall offer the programme(s) only after necessary rectification.

A copy of the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities)Regulations, 2003 alongwith the proforma for submission of information by the Private University are annexed with the notice

Secretary

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