The Odia Society of Americas (OSA) organised its 53rd Convention 2022, at Sacramento, California, USA.
The topic of the Convention was “Taking the Higher Education in Odisha to a new dimension.” On approval of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ‘Mo College Abhijan’ Chairperson Akash Dasnayak attended the event.
Mo College Abhijan, a flagship initiative of the Govt of Odisha under the vision of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has been a thriving platform for the overall development of Universities and colleges in the state.
In his speech, MLA Nayagarh Arun Sahoo, who also attended the Convention, said “Odisha is making great strides in the field of education and Mo College Abhijan is a wonderful platform to get connected to the institutions back home. All the Odias living in USA and across the globe must connect to this platform that will enhance their own Alma Mater in an unique way.”
Both OSA and Mo College Abhijan have agreed to conduct several programs jointly in the near future.
Many dignitaries attended the Convention in both physical and virtual modes. They included Prof. Kishore Kumar Basa VC MSCBD University (virtual), Prof. Sanjay Nayak VC Ravenshaw University (virtual), Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal IIM Sambalpur (virtual), Prof. Damodar Acharya SOA University (virtual), Prof. Sabita Achraya VC Utkal University (virtual), Prof. Gopabandhu Behera Sambalpur University (in-person), Prof. Surya Narayan Misra Utkal University (in-person). Dr. Ajaya Mohanty was the moderator of the first session.
The Second session was attended by Prof. Prasant Mohapatra, UC Davis, Prof. Durga Misra, NJIT, Prof. Abani Patra, Tufts University and Mr. Pranav Khaitan, Google.
During the meet, Higher Education options for Odisha’s School and College students in USA were discussed. Dr. Sukant Mohapatra Ericsson was the moderator of the discussion.
The Meeting Committee comprised esteemed members of OSA – Prof. Durga Misra, NJ Institute of Technology, Dr. Ajaya Mohanty, Deloitte & Touche, Dr. Anil Patnaik, U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, Prof. Chita Baral, Arizona State University, Prof. Abani Patra, Tufts University ,Dr. Manoj Mishra, Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Manjit Misra, Iowa State University, Dr. Devanarayan Pattanayak, Vishay Siliconi, Prof. Prasant Mohapatra, University of California, Davis.