Bhubaneswar: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar on Monday celebrated its 10th foundation day in its campus at Argul.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi applauded the endeavour that IIT officials have put in during last years in putting up world-class infrastructure and setting up benchmarks in teaching and learning.
Padhi said, “Present era is not the time of learning just from the books. Today one has to innovate something new and excel in that field. We have to cultivate digital data and adopt new technology for positioning India as a technology destination.”
Director IIT Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar presenting the activities of IIT said that the intake capacity of IIT, Bhubaneswar crossed 1600 during last 2 years and very soon it would reach 3000.
The placement of the pass-outs has crossed 95%.
IIT, Bhubaneswar has already set up a world-class Incubation Center and a State of art Startup Center. The institute has also started a Coastal Observatory at Lodigaon of Berhampur to study the sea behaviour of the Bay of Bengal.
Kumar added, “The Institute has launched the high-level research activities in the fields of clean energy, rural road infrastructure, virtual & augmented reality, foreign seek, space management and climate change etc.”
C.Udaya Bhaskara Reddy, Director for Policy Studies joining the celebration as Guest of Honor delivered the foundation day lecturer on National Security and Indian Young Citizen.
He talked about what citizens could contribute towards national security and what role nation’s security forces could do in ensuring the well-being of the populace by citing historical examples.
On this occasion, Chief Secretary Padhi felicitated faculty, staff members and students with excellence awards in the various field of Teaching, Services, Sports, Athletics, Dance, Song, Art, Photography etc.
Prof V.R. Pedireddi presented the votes of thanks and Registrar IIT Sri Debraj Rout coordinated the celebration.
A science exhibition with more than 100 exhibits was organized in the campus. More than 1000 from various schools and colleges visited the exhibition and interacted with the faculties and students of IIT.
It was followed by Kathak Dance of the noted artist Sushmita Banerjee of SPIC MACAY and cultural programmes performed by students of IIT.