Trained Manpower an Asset in the Age of Globalisation -Vice President

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Role of technically trained manpower is crucial to face the challenge posed by intense global competition in the field of commerce and development, said Dr. Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, His Excellency The Vice President of India. He was speaking to the graduating students of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Deemed University at the university’s 2nd Convocation Ceremony

“India occupies the third rank in the world in terms of technically trained manpower”, he informed in his Convocation Address, while praising the role of technical institutes of the country for this achievement. Just achieving a high growth rate is not good enough; elimination of economic and social imbalances from the society is a prerequisite to achieve the holistic development, Dr. Shekhawat reminded the students. It is unfortunate that despite being endowed with ample mineral wealth, Odisha is languishing in poverty; he observed and asked the young educated mass to rise up and remove this irony. He termed KIIT Deemed University as a qualitative institution of global standard and congratulated its Chancellor, management, faculty, staff and students for achieving success in such as short span of time.

Development in the field of education is a reflection of general development of the society, said Shri Rameshwar Thakur, His Excellency The Governor of Odisha in his Presidential Address. Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha in his address stressed that commitment of technically trained youths is highly important to bring about fast industrial and economic development. Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, Karnataka, Shri D. H. Sankaramurthy hoped that technically trained young mass will play a vital role in nation building.

In his address, Chancellor, KIIT Deemed University informed about the initiative of KIIT in bringing 3000 tribal children into mainstream by providing them free of cost higher education. Degrees would mean nothing unless the knowledge received is utilised for the benefit of the people living in the lowest strata of the society, he told the graduating students. Vice Chancellor, Prof. S. C. De Sarkar narrated the success of the university in different fields in the Vice Chancellor’s Report.

Graduates passed out in July 2006 received the coveted degree in technology and management in the second convocation. Gold and silver medals were awarded to 19 outstanding performers from different streams. While Anshuman Samal (MBA) and Chinmayee Nayak (MBA-BIM) received Chancellor’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA, Subhranshu Ku Patnaik (MBA-BIM) bagged Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal for best all round performance. P. K. Bal Memorial Gold Medal was awarded to Kavita Kumari (MBA). Madhumita Bhattacharjee (MBA) received the PPL Gold Medal. Similarly, Supriya Kumar (BTech), Rachana Labh (MCA) and Srinivas Raju Indukuri (MTech) from the School of Technology received Chancellor’s Gold Medal for securing the highest CGPA.