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Online evaluation of BPUT exams from 2015

Semester papers of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) and all engineering colleges under it will be evaluated online from the next academic session. A decision to this effect was taken at the BPUT Board of Governors’ meeting at the State Secretariat.

BPUT vice chancellor JK Satpathy said there would be complete digitization of the entire answer scripts. “After the digitization, a soft copy of the answer scripts would be sent online to the examiners in charge of evaluation. There would be no physical sending of these answer sheets. The advantage of this new system is that there would be minimal error in evaluation,” Satpathy said.

Secretary, Employment and Technical Education and Training (ET&T) Chandrasekhar Kumar informed that BPUT has formed subject-wise committees of senior teachers to prepare lecture notes.

The lecture notes are expected to be completed in a couple of months after which they would be uploaded in the BPUT website so that the students can either read these notes online or download them. Apart from ringing in changes in the study and examination patterns, the meeting also decided to make the entire process starting from the admission of the students till their passing out, online.

Besides, to bring admission, research and training activities under one roof, it was proposed that a common facilitation centre would be set up at Gandamunda on the outskirts of the capital city at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crore.

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Odisha govt to spend Rs 150 crore on development of BPUT

The Odisha government will spend Rs 150 crore for the development of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) of which Rs 110 crores will be spent on infrastructural development of the BPUT headquarters in Rourkela. The decision was taken at a high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat.

It was also decided in the meeting to open a new course in urban planning and fill up vacant posts in the university.

Minister for ET & T Sanjay Dasburma, chief secretary GC Pati, Development commissioner, additional chief secretary of Finance and ET & T secretary were present in the meeting.

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SS Patnaik appointed as new VC of BPUT

The Odisha government on Saturday announced the appointment of Prof. Shyam Sundar Pattnaik as the new vice chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT). Prof. Pattnaik is presently serving as a professor at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, NITTTR at Chandigarh under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

He has done Ph.D (Electronics and Comm. Engg) from Sambalpur University and M.Sc.(Physics With Electronics) from REC Rourkela/Sambalpur University and currently is the head of Department of Educational Television Centre, NITTTR, Chandigarh.

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BPUT Students’ Association demand conduction of job fair for students

The working committee meeting of Odisha Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) Students’ Association was held on Thursday here.

The BPUT students are deprived of getting justice. BPUT has failed to ensure timely examinations, publication of results and providing required appointments, said Association’s Chief Coordinator Er. Shakti Prasad Rath.

During the meeting, the Association members demanded that the State Government should take proactive steps for conduction of job fair at immediate effect and to appoint more teachers and staffs under BPUT.

On the occasion, student of Oxford Engineering College Sansad Kumar Nayak was elected as the President of the Association in presence of Association Founder Parthasarathi Muduli, Deepak Kumar Jena, Shakti Prasad Rath, Bhagwan Sahu, Manoj Senapati, Sibasish Behera and others student leaders.

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12 Years after, BPUT Campus Yet to Be Operational

Nearly tweleve years after the foundation stone for Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) was laid, the BPUT campus is yet to be ready to operate to its full potential.

Apart from the administrative block which was completed in 2013 and the Centre for PG Advance Studies and Student Complex which was handed over to the university in 2014, there has been no major progress in construction work of other academic & campus buildings.

Though infrastructure work was started in 2007, it gained momentum in 2014. The BPUT Act was enacted in 2002 and foundation stone of the university laid in May 2003 by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Chhend Colony.

Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) sources said 3 years were lost over dispute on design of the campus. Presently, work is underway for faculty quarters, hostels for boys and girls, library-cum-computer centre, Vice-Chancellor’s residence, multi-activity centre and compound wall.

IDCO Divisional Manager SC Sahani said these under-construction projects estimated at 68.7 crore would be completed by 2016. In the 3rd phase, 180 crore would be spent for construction of remaining buildings and campus development.

The Rourkela campus of BPUT, spread over 134 acres,  started functioning with limited facilities from 2013. The Advanced PG Studies Centre is operating its five departments with a student strength of 110 in 10 PG engineering programmes while PhD will be introduced from 2015. A tender of one crore has been floated to procure high-end equipment.

The university is also struggling with staff crisis as the Advance PG departments are being managed by only 2 regular faculty and 23 Resource Persons on a consolidated pay. Sources said scrutiny of applications for appointment of 23 regular professors and associate professors is in progress. On becoming fully functional, BPUT would cater to above 1000 students in advanced PG courses.

BPUT has 158 constituent and affiliated colleges with a total student strength of about 1.30 lakh.

Newly appointed Vice-Chancellor SS Patnaik said focus is on streamlining all the works and he would shortly discuss the campus development issues with top Government officials. Patnaik said plans are also afoot to set up a Centre of Excellence in Tribal and Women Welfare Technology. About the extension centre of BPUT at Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said it would be equipped with software development entrepreneurship programme, international collaborative programme and skill development on “Internet of Things” and also act as a hub for faculty development programme and finishing school for students.

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Special OJEE held; results by July 27, 2015

As per the directive of the Odisha High Court, the State government on Sunday conducted a Special Odisha Joint Entrance Examination (OJEE) to fill up around 37,000 vacant seats in different engineering colleges for B. Tech courses. Around 8,000 students appeared in the examination.

The examination, which was held at 15 centres in Bhubaneswar, began at 10 am and concluded at 12 noon. The results of the Special OJEE would be announced by July 27 while the counselling for the qualifying students would be held between August 8 and 14.

The second phase counselling for the JEE Main qualifying students would begin from August first week.

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Engineering college seat hike subjected to HC verdict

The Odisha High Court directed the BPUT and OJEE authorities to bring out advertisements mentioning that the validity of enhanced B.Tech seats in government colleges of the State are subjected to the court’s decision on the main writ petition.

A Division Bench of the court comprising Justices Indrajit Mohanty and DP Choudhury in an interim order said the court had passed an interim order on June 30, 2015 stating that the six government engineering colleges have enhanced their B.Tech seats for the 2015-16 academic sessions pending an approval from the AICTE.

However, when the court observed that the colleges through the OJEE are admitting students against the unapproved enhanced seats, the court observed that any action taken shall be subjected to the petition and this ought to be brought to the notice of the aspiring students.

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Soft Skill Development Workshop at OEC, Bhubaneswar

The workshop on Soft Skill Development was inaugurated by Sj. Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, Hon’ble Minister, Skill Development and Technical Education, Government of Odisha.

While addressing more than 3000 Engineering, Management, Pharmacy budding young technocrats from more than 100 colleges of BPUT have participated, Minister emphasized on quality education, timely examination, good result and placement.

While expressing his happiness in addressing such an event in OEC, Bhubaneswar, he stated that his Ministry and the Government of Odisha is seriously working on streamlining and making the professional education more focused and pertinent. He also advised the student mass to be studious and career oriented so that the State will get better and productive engineers as a need of the day and to reach a new height.

The Government would like to go even for setting up of a Skilled University in the state. Also he emphasized on appropriate marketing strategy for BPUT & affiliated colleges to face the challenges and competition. Finally, he addressed to improve the quality education to promote the technocrats and bring the name and fame of the Biju Babu, a Premier Leader of the nation whose name is associated with the BPUT. In this auspicious occasion Hon’ble Minister inaugurated, a first ever News Letter of BPUT “BPUT Connect” which emphasizes the achievements of the University along with the affiliated colleges of the University.

Prof. M. Altaf Khan, Registrar, BPUT while welcoming the delegates and participants – discussed and presented a brief profile of the University. Prof. S. S. Pattnaik, Vice Chancellor, BPUT has given a glimpses of technical education in Odisha vis-à-vis in India. With the joint efforts of Management, Faculty, Staff, Students and collaboration with renowned technical Universities of the country, the University can be placed in the high rank. He addressed the students to be studious and practical oriented so that they can face and sustained any national and international placement opportunities easily. He expressed his satisfaction on the various Alumni Associations of BPUT who are working for the development of the University.

He viewed that he will help in promoting 4 important Centre of Excellences in the State particularly in BPUT to promote the quality projects by the students which later can be patented and marked in academic fraternity which will bring the name and fame of the state. The Centres are Alimini-Industrial Linkage (AIL); Knowledge Upgradation Centre (KUC); Talent Exploration Centre (TEC) and Entrepreneuring Innovation Centre(EIC).

Mrs. Subhra Patnaik, President, OEC, Bhubaneswar expressed her happiness to select OEC as the venue for this mega event and providing opportunity to host. Prof, Motilal Dash, Director, Placement & Industrial Training, BPUT presented the Vote of Thanks. Prof. Dash mentioned that two eminent personalities – Prof. P.K. Singla and Lt. Col. Gurmeet Sethi of NITTTR, Chandigarh will take the Soft Skill Development technical sessions for these participants.

Other dignitaries presented were Mrs. Suprita Patnaik, Director, Administration, OEC, Bhubaneswar; Prof. Partha Sarkar, Director Curriculum Development, BPUT; Prof. M.R. Panigrahi, Principal, OEC, Bhubaneswar; Mrs. Mitrabinda Nayak, Head, Training & Placement, OEC, Bhubaneswar besides many others.

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BPUT, Brain Storming Workshop

BPUT in partnership with NIST, Berhampur has organised a Brain Storming Workshop on 21st September, 2015 to deliberate and come-up with a ten year road map. The inputs from Chairman, AICTE, New Delhi; Secretary General, QCI, New Delhi; the Senior Executives from Industries in repute and learned Academicians will be immensely valuable for formulating the road map.

The recommendations of this workshop shall be submitted to the Government of Odisha and MHRD, Government of India for active considerations. Economic globalisation, technological innovation, industry ready requirement and national policies are redefining knowledge and skill expectations in the present scenario. The changing scenario in the labour market, globalisation of jobs and international recognization of certification have forced the University to re-visit the vision, mission and strategies. Odisha as a progressive state has brought many initiatives in the recent past to integrate formal and non-formal sectors. Initiatives have been taken to define the skill sets mapping with the industry requirements in order to address the emerging issues of employable technical manpower. Being one of the leading state in the youth manpower, the state aims at providing the best to best technical knowledge and skill to its youth to compete in global scenario.

The technical education system of the country is passing through a transformation. It needs to cope up with the challenges like globalisation of education, industry ready skill set, employable technical manpower policy on ranking of institutes, course offering through MOOCs and presence of foreign Universities.

The declining trends in admissions, shortage of qualified faculty members, employbility of technical manpower are the primary issues before the technical institutes across the country in the present scenario. The policies that varies from state-to-state, job cuts in industry, dynamic curriculum and outcome based course offering, also add to the challenges making it more complex system. Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), Odisha with over 150 Technical Institutes affiliated to is also facing the same challenges. In this backdrop, intellectual inputs are called for to prepare a long-term road map for the technical education system of the University.

The technical education policy enacted in the past needs a re-visit to encompass the modifications in order to facilitate the technical education system of the state. The recommendations of this workshop would be given due considerations in the Policy document of the state to shape the technical education.

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Around 80% Indian students preferred Engineering as a career option

Among 80% of the Indian students, engineering remains the most popular career choices. In India, a career in engineering provides an opportunity to innovate and higher earning potential which make students opt for it.

The Press Trust of India report suggest the nations with growing economies attract huge numbers of students towards this domain as said in a global report commissioned by Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. “For example, in both India and Turkey, around 80% of 16-17-year olds say that they are interested in engineering,” the report added.

The interest in engineering in India is often considered a profession that offers opportunity to contribute to innovations and high-earning potential, as well as the belief that engineering is an stimulating and interesting career, the report said. “I am reassured that the ‘Create the Future’ report confirms engineering outputs are valued around the world and considered genuinely life-changing. I see a number of people who see engineering as a great way to contribute to society,” Dr Robert Langer, winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize, said.

Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys India said, “Globalisation is changing things. While much of the developed world continues to experience moderate interest in engineering careers, emerging economies are providing a new breeding ground for engineers.”

Students in USA, India and Germany have rated this career as a top career opportunity, as few others opted professions that include lawyer, business leader, teacher and doctor, the report revealed. According to report, the interest in engineering remains higher amongst men (66%) as compared to women (43%).

“Whilst more men in all countries show an interest in engineering as compared to women, the gap in interest is smallest in emerging economies such as India, Turkey, China and Brazil. UK, Japan and South Africa show the greatest difference,” it said.

Engineering in Japan, however, is considered as a machinery of innovation. According to report, many people think engineers’ contribution to society is undervalued, and they deserve much more recognition. “About 71% claim that their country’s engineers do not receive the recognition they deserve for their contribution to society,” it added.