Bhubaneswar, 04/01 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Each University is known by its ethos and culture. Therefore, they should develop quality education, work culture, set up beliefs, behaviours which will give them distinct identity”, emphasised Governor and Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture Dr. S.C. Jamir while inaugurating a function organised on the occasion of 16th foundation day of the university at Bhanja Kala Mandap on Sunday here.
Governor Dr. Jamir was glad to note that the members and faculties of the university are participating in national and international level programmes and bringing laurels to this university. He said “The unique university of culture imparts has now nearly 45 colleges affiliated to it, spreading all over Odisha and imparts teaching in Visual Arts, Performing Art and some other traditional culture related subjects. It is strategically positioned to be the most vital and potential platform to spread the ethos of Odishan culture. This university has to play a significant role in disseminating the cultural values in the international level through gradual expansion of academics in different realms”.
He highlighted that today; there is a great concern to provide quality education to the younger generation. Efforts for improving quality in education should be at all levels. The quality depends on initiatives of stakeholders including policy makers, administrators, teachers and students. In this context it becomes imperative to re-evaluate our concepts of education on art and culture so that they become significant to the lives of our citizens in the true spirit of a civil society. For art and culture to fulfill this potential, the principal field of action lies in education. This aspect has been stressed since the time of Aristotle who held that “aesthetic education is the only education that brings grace to the body and nobility to the mind”. Our effort must be on developing a system of education which nourishes the human faculties for self expression, observation and appreciation, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda called upon the teachers and students to carry forward the objectives of the university to promote education, spread culture and relentless research activities.
Congratulating the university authorities, members of the faculties and the students for having organised the function, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Culture Department Dr. Arabinda Kumar Padhee requested them to contribute towards prosperity of the university. He expressed his satisfaction over the progresses made by the university in spite of several handicaps and assured that the university will shift its own campus within six months so that the university will be a full fledged one. He was hopeful that the university will avail the financial assistance from U.G.C. under Section 12-B of the U.G.C. Act very soon.
Vice Chancellor of the university Prof. (Dr) Debendranath Jena drew attention of the guests to the problems faced by the university and requested them to take steps for early resolution.
Registrar of the university Dr. Suman Das presented the annual report and threw light on the activities undertaken in the university throughout the year. He expressed hope that the university will shift to its new campus at Madanpur very soon.
Among others, Culture Director Sushil Das and Head of P.G. Teaching Departments Prof. Nabakishore Mishra were present on the occasion.
Annual newsletter of the university ‘Sanskruti’ was released by the Governor. Prior to the meeting ‘Student Talent Hunt’ was organised by the university with a participation of large number of students. An art exhibition and a food court was also organised by the students. The meeting was followed by cultural programmes presented by university students.