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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.