Utkal University opens office of Centres of Excellence

BHUBANESWAR: Premier Utkal University on Wednesday opened an academic office of six centres of excellence in the campus on the occasion of Foundation Day of the institution.

Governor and chancellor of state universities Ganeshi Lal inaugurated the academic office of the centres while attending university’s foundation day on the fifth day of culmination of its Platinum Jubilee celebration.

These Centres of Excellence are Centre of environment, climate change and public health, Global centre of rural studies, Centre of public policy and governance, Centre of study of unorganized labour, Centre of North-east India studies and Centre of study of language, literature and culture.

The academic office will keep track on the centres’ day to day affair. These centres will conduct research on real life problems.

In his foundation day speech, the governor said university students should be work as ambassadors of social responsibility. “They need to be the spark of fire to light the universe. Youths should understand that spirituality is a source of power and peace. They should keep this in mind and work for betterment of the society,” he added.

The governor also inaugurated Rural Technology Park and website of International Office of the university. The park will experiment on rural technology.

University vice chancellor SM Patnaik said the international office will deal with international collaborations with foreign universities and organisations. “This website will help the foreign institutions to know about our university and collaborative research and other works,” he added.

Former chief justice of India Dipak Misra also spoke in the function. University teachers, staff and students attended in large numbers. Meritorious students were felicitated by the guests in the function.

Earlier on the day, blood donation camp and plantation drive have been conducted in the campus.

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