Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 (LocalWire) Utkal University, Odisha’s premier higher educational institution, will emerge as an institute of eminence in the country in five to seven years span, said President Ram Nath Kovind here today.
Speaking at the platinum jubilee function of the university here, the President said that the university has been recognized by the union government as a Regional Research Hub and entrusted with the important task of networking with the central research institutes in this part of the country.
“This status will carry with it not only the recognition but also greater autonomy and higher funding.
I am happy to note that the University has entered into MoUs with two reputed foreign universities”, he said.
By joining hands and pooling their resources together, the university will create a vibrant research ecosystem, he said.
Stating that the University is poised to scale even greater heights in future and contribute significantly to building a knowledge-driven society fully equipped to face the challenges of the 21st century, the President said the upcoming Centres of Excellence for cutting-edge research in frontier areas will help realize this lofty goal.
“I am glad to learn that the University has created a park in memory of Gandhiji, called Ahimsa Sthal, on 2nd October 2019, as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
That was a fitting tribute to the Father of the Nation on his 150th birth anniversary”, he said.
During the 75 years of its existence, the University has dedicated itself to the advancement of learning.
It has emerged as the premier destination for thousands of students. Scholars from here have brought glory to their alma mater by distinguishing themselves in different walks of life in India and abroad, he said.
“I note with satisfaction that the foundation stone of the campus was laid by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in 1958. It was inaugurated by the second President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in 1963.
After a gap of half a century, in 2013 Pranab Mukherjee delivered the convocation address here at this University.
Continuing the special bond, I am happy to be a part of the platinum jubilee celebrations of this University”, he concluded.