Worry over erosion of values: Ramakanta Rath
Erosion of human values was extremely disturbing, said Odia poet Ramakanta Rath while addressing the 22nd convocation of Berhampur University on Tuesday.
"What is extremely disturbing is that there is continuing erosion of values our forefathers upheld and worked relentlessly to infuse these into our social and political life," said Rath.
Governor and the varsity chancellor S.C. Jamir said: "Let Berhampur University take this challenge seriously. Our endeavour must be on designing courses focused on a significant component in which students learn through doing and reflect upon their hands-on experience in a way that empowers them to apply theoretical knowledge to practical endeavours, inside and out side the classroom."
Vice-chancellor Rajendra Prasad Das said: "We are working hard to promote innovation and creativity in teaching, learning and research by acquiring and involving more talented brains into the university."
Rath and founder of KIIT University Achyuta Samanta were awarded honorary DLiit and DSc degrees, respectively. Samanta said he had received such award for the first time from any university in Odisha: "I would definitely term it as a big inspiration," he said.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta was conferred honorary doctorate from Berhampur University for his outstanding contribution in the field of education.
Dr. Samanta was conferred with the doctorate by Odisha Governor Dr. SC Jamir on the occasion of the 22nd Convocation ceremony of the University.
This is the first Honorary Doctorate for the KISS and KIIT founder from his own state. He has so far received honorary doctorate from more than 35 universities of national and international repute for his contribution in the field of education, art, culture and social services.
Expressing his gratitude over the honorary doctorate, Dr. Samanta said, “I feel privileged that the honorary doctorate has been conferred on me. I am thankful to Berhampur University for the doctorate which I received fort the first time from any university of Odisha.”
“I am also grateful to the Chancellor of the University and Odisha Governor Dr SC Jamir for recommending my name for the honorary doctorate. Besides, I thank the Vice-Chancellor and Syndicate members of the University,” he added.
As many as 125 students got their PhDs while five got D.Litt and LL.Ds during the convocation programme. Similarly, 31 students got gold medals for their outstanding performances.
-Feb 06, 2018/ Berhampur