Higher Education Open House 2013

A report on Odisha Higher Education and Career Opportunities Open House

December 14, 2013


OSA conducted Odisha Higher Education Open House convention on 14th Dec 2013 at Bhubaneswar College of Engineering.  More than 287 students and faculties from various institutes of Odisha attended the program.

Dr Ajit Kumar Tripathy, in his inaugural speech praised the OSA initiative in bringing together the highly qualified and experienced members of OSA with the students and faculties from Odisha. He expressed that this will go a long way in creating awareness among the faculty and students present at the session on opportunities in USA for higher study, research, employment and self employment.

Prof (Dr)Sanghamitra Mohanty, Vice Chancellor, North Odisha University explained with several examples the collaborative scope, opportunities provided by  government for higher study, research, selection of subjects keeping the future prospects in mind. A large number of students and faculty asked several questions.

Mr Tapan Padhi, Presdient OSA presided over the function.  He welcomed the students and faculties and clarified the myth of “Brain Drain”.  He suggested how the knowledge and skill gained in advanced countries like USA ultimately helps our own people and home state. He compared with Chinese students and their large presence in graduate schools in USA and how China’s growth has been helped by US educated engineers, economists and scientists.
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Guest Invitation & Inaugural

Mr. Ashok Rath, Coordinator, OSA HE Career Open house

Opening Song – Bande Utkal Janani

Ms. Anindita Das

Welcome Address

Mr Tapan PadhiOSA President, TX

Address by Chief Guest

Mr Ajit K Tripathy Ex Chief Secretary, Govt of Odisha

Technical education and Collaboration in USA

Dr. L N Bhuyan, Distinguished Professor (Past President, OSA)University of California, Riverside, CA

Higher Study/ Collaboration/Partnership


Dr Ashutosh Dutta, Ph D, Columbia University (Past Vice President, OSA)

Collaboration of OSA and Odisha in education development, social development and adding value to education in Odisha

Dr. Bigyani Das, Past President, OSA

Collaborative Scope and Opportunity

Dr Sanghamitra Mohanty, V.C. North Odisha Univ, Baripada  

Career Opportunities in USA, Entrepreneurship in USA, Discussion

Mr Hari Arjun Patro, CEO, National Systems, Texas, USADr Sitakantha Dash, CEO, UAS Labs, MN

Lunch Break

Under Graduate, Graduate Admissions &

Collaborative Research Opportunities at

West Virginia University

Dr. Ranjita Misra, Professor and Director, Public Health Practice [MPH] Program, WVU, Virginia

Status of research and innovation in higher studies, Discussion

Dr Omkar Mohanty, Professor, IIT, Ex Vice Chancellor, BPUT

Looking beyond the horizon – higher education

Dr Radhakanta Mishra, Ph D, USA

Dr Geeta Mishra, MD, USA

Moderated Open QA Session, Opportunity for next step. with participants

Dr. Ashutosh Dutta, Dr Ranjita MisraOSA HE Program Members

Presentation of OSA lifetime achievement award memento to Mrs Tulsi Munda

Mr Tapan Padhi, President, OSAMr Susant Satpathy, Past Treasurer, OSA

Mr. Sitakantha Dash, Sponsor, Lifetime Award

Cultural Program, Traditional Mahari Dance, Devotional Song, Modern Dance

Mrs. Ruli, Mahari Foundation Ms Barnali Hota

Master Lohitakshya Patnaik

Award Ceremony , Vote of Thanks

Mr Tapan Padhi, President, OSA 

Prof (Dr) Omkar Nath Mohanty , Ex Vice chancellor of Technical University(BPUT), spoke in detail the status of research and innovation in higher technical studies. He described present government policy to encourage the above. Large number of students and faculty members participated in the discussion.

Dr L.N.Bhuyan, Distinguished professor described in detail the various partnership opportunities, collaboration in higher studies and student exchange programmes. The discussion followed by a very interesting question, answer session.

Dr Asutosh Dutta, in his speech explained the several opportunities available for higher studies, research. With examples he explained the way by which students and faculty can enrich their research skills and innovation in their areas of interest. Besides the above he explained the benefits of exchange for gaining knowledge and increasing the employment potential.

Dr Bigyani Das explained the way by which our student and faculty can meet the international standards in education. She emphasised on social development and value based education. A large number of participants involved in the discussion and got their doubts cleared.

Shri Hari Arjun Patro and Dr Sitakanta Dash spoke on the self employment opportunity available outside India particularly in USA. Their discussion was based on their practical experience of running large corporations. Through question and answer they clarified the international business scenario with practical examples.

Dr Ranjita Mishra in her elaborate speech explained the medical study, collaboration, research and accountability in medical profession. She explained with examples as to how to maintain good health and healthy habits. A large number of students, faculty got their doubts clarified through discussions.

Dr Radhakanta Mishra spoke about the way by which a student can get in to the proper exposure to international expectations and standards for entry to higher studies and research.

Dr Geeta Mishra threw light about the minimum requirement of health care. She explained with examples the food habits and hygiene for sound health.

There was an interactive session with Dr.Ranjita Mishra and Dr.Ashutosh Dutta, who answered the questions from student participants who came from different colleges and Business schools.

In the evening, Mahari Dance, based on Lord Jagannath culture was presented by Mrs Suhag Nalini Das, and five other artists dressed in traditional Mahari costumes. With combination of colourful light, sound, the audience enjoyed the cultural programme .This was organised by Mahari Foundation. Ms Barnali Hota of ZEE TV fame sang many melodious songs. Child artist Master Lohitakshya performed in the program.

Social Activist Padmashri Tulasi Munda was felicitated on behalf of OSA for lifetime achievement Award by OSA President Mr. Tapan Padhi with a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh.

Mr Tapan Padhi thanked all speakers, students, faculty, audience, coordinators, performers of cultural program, the artists and representatives of electronics and print media.

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