The university, set up in 1967, organises the event after 21 years
Campus is spread over 150 acres near Gopalpur-on-seaBU offers 20 PG courses and two self-financing courses
BERHAMPUR: Berhampur University (BU) has been spruced up for its 15th convocation on Saturday which is being held after a gap of 21 years.
Bhanjabihar, the BU campus spread over 150 acres near Gopalpur-on-sea, has been given a facelift on the eve of the convocation. BU, set up on January 2, 1967, has over the years become a premier institute of learning in South Orissa. The convocation has not been held since 1985 owing to resource crunch and various other problems.
"We thought convocation is an occasion where everyone will feel proud of its glorious past. That is the reason why the administration has decided to hold convocations regularly in future," Vice-Chancellor J. K. Boral told The Hindu .
Prof. V.S. Ramamurthy, Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Inter-University Accelerator Centre (formerly Nuclear Science Centre), will deliver the convocation address. Governor and Chancellor Rameshwar Thakur will preside. Degree of Doctor of Literature (D.Litt) will be conferred on Pandit Suramjani Raghunath Panigrahy. Three D.Litt, one D.Sc and 64 PhD will be awarded.
The districts now under the jurisdiction of BU include Ganjam, Koraput, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Nowrangpur and Malkangiri. The university was set up mainly to cater to the needs of SCs, STs and Backward Classes of South Orissa.
BU offers 20 PG courses including mass communication, marine sciences, biotechnology and electronics. It offers two self-financing courses -- MSc (bio-technology) and MSc (computer science). The diploma programmes conducted by BU include courses in tourism and Indian monuments and Russian studies.
Prof. Baral said BU had the distinction of being the only university of Orissa offering courses in marine sciences, mass communication, linguistics, Russian language studies and tourism and Indian monuments.
All the 20 PG departments conduct PhD programmes, while 14 of them offer MPhil in their respective subjects. The Women's Studies Research Centre also offers MPhil in women's studies, while MPhil in tribal studies is conducted by the Council of Analytical Tribal Studies (COATS), Koraput.
BU can also boast of having a yoga centre, which was set up in 2001.
It offers training in yoga to the staff and students as also locals. Presently, the administration is trying to get extension for the project from the University Grants Commission and secure funds from local industries.