Odisha Development Day 2013


44th OSA Convention, Chicago – July 4th to July 6th , 2013

Odisha Development Day – July 4th, 2013

[In association with Invest Bhubaneswar and Odisha Tourism]


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sam Pitroda (Advisor to the Prime Minister of India and Chairman, National Innovation Council, Govt. of India)

Q/A Session by Dr. Sam Pitroda

Papers presented by Entrepreneurs of Odisha

Speakers for Higher Education: Prof. Usha Menon,  Prof.  Taub

Speakers for Odisha Heritage: Prof. James Freeman


Invest Odisha

(Coordinator – Sushant Satpathy)


OSA-Odisha Development programs will leverage the Development Focus Groups (DFGs), OSA Annual Convention’s Socio-Economic Development symposia and Invest (for Development in) Odisha (OSA Business Symposium) themes to synergize the Odisha oriented development projects through OSA name, banner, organization and platforms to create new type of developmental values for Odisha State.


Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for Odisha

(Coordinator – Abani Patra & Bikash Pattnaik)

The Key objective of this Seminar is to help students from Odisha universities/institutes for higher studies in US/Canada and build an exchange program between the Universities of North America and Odisha.


Invited Guest Speakers

Prof. Usha Menon, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Prof. Richard Taub, Paul Klapper Professor of sociology and chairman of the Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago


Odisha Heritage: Buddhist Heritage – Situating Odisha in the Global Map

(Coordinator – Chitta Baral)

A combined effort of Orissa Society of the Americas (OSA) and Govt. of Odisha to rediscover the extent of the spread and propagation of Buddhism in Odisha and attract various Scholars, Philosophers, Monks, and Tourists to reexamine the status of Buddhism in Odisha from their own points of view to give Odisha its rightful place in the Buddhist map of the world.

[Odisha is one of the four states in India with rich concentration of Buddhist heritage]

Prof. James Freeman, Professor Emeritus San Jose State University, Ph.D. Harvard, 1968.

[Odisha Development Forum co-ordinator – Sushant Satpathy]


Tentative Event Schedule: July 4th, 2013

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech by Dr. Pitroda

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Q&A with Dr. Pitroda

11:00 am – 12:15 am: Invest Odisha presentation(s)

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm:  Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm:  Higher Education Opportunities in Odisha

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Tea & Snacks

3:00 pm – 4:45 pm:  Buddhist Heritage:  Situating Odisha in the Global Map

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm – Closing Remark and Vote of Thanks


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