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Chancellor M.C. Bhandare conferring the honorary degree on Biswanath Patnaik at the 16th convocation of Berhampur University on Friday. —
Chancellor M.C. Bhandare conferring the honorary degree on Biswanath Patnaik at the 16th convocation of Berhampur University on Friday. —

Staff Reporter

Berhampur University holds its 16th convocation

Honorary degrees conferred on three eminent persons

Vice-Chancellor lists future plans of the university

BERHAMPUR: Governor and Chancellor of Berhampur University M.C. Bhandare on Friday said globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation forced higher education to undergo vast changes in respect of objectives, content and methods.

Presiding over the 16th convocation of the university on Bhanja Bihar campus, he said that despite growth in the number of universities and colleges our Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) was very low in comparison to the world average of 23 per cent. It was 22 per cent in Asian countries, 36.5 per cent in countries in transition and 54.6 per cent in developed countries. In 2007, the Indian GER was 10 per cent.

“Think of what you can do to remove illiteracy and give five per cent of your time for the community, especially tribals. Drive away illiteracy and you’ll drive away poverty,” he said.

The university conferred honorary degrees on three eminent personalities. Biswanath Patnaik, better known as ‘Koraput Gandhi’, was conferred the Doctor of Law (LL.D). Yoga guru Ramdev was conferred the honorary LL.D for his contribution to popularising yoga and Indian culture in absentia. Noted aerospace scientist and team leader of designers of Light Combat Aircraft Kota Harinarayana was conferred the honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) degree.

Prizes and certificates were distributed to 44 meritorious students for their academic performance.

In his address, Vice-Chancellor Bijay Kumar Sahu dwelt on the history and future plans of the institution. He stated how in collaboration with ASSOCHAM the university had started a coaching centre for SC and ST students. Further, the university had already taken steps to procure computers with JAWS software to facilitate higher studies of visually-impaired students.

Academic collaboration

“The university is exploring the possibilities of entering into academic collaboration and exchange programmes with institutions in Canada and America,” he said. To streamline its academic administration and research, the university had decided to integrate its existing and proposed departments into seven schools from the coming academic year.

C. Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, attended the function as chief guest and gave the convocation address.


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