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Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa


Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Orissa
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Cuttack (District Cuttack)
Orissa, India
Pin Code : 753003

Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Orissa is a University recognised by UGC. Status: State University.
Ravenshaw University is situated in Cuttack of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Cuttack comes under Cuttack Tehsil, Cuttack District.

Fax # of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Orissa is +91-671-2610304.

email ID(s) is Ravenshaw University Cuttack Orissa

Website of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Orissa is www.ravenshawuniversity.ac.in, www.aiph.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Mr. Devdas Chhotray, Phone- 0671- 2610 060, devdas_chhotray@hotmail.com.

Registrar : Dr. Malay Kumar Mohanty, Phone- 0671- 2632 690, drmalaymohanty@yahoo.co.in.

Contact Details of Ravenshaw University, Cuttack Orissa are : Phone: +91-671-2610060

Controller of Examinations
Dr. Baidhar Sahu
Phone- 0671- 2610 365
Email : baidharsahu1953@gmail.com

This university has tie up with Asian Institute of Public Health for running Master of Public Health Degree Programme.

Er. Umakant Samantasinghar,
Fax:- 0671-2610060


Masters Degree Programme in Public Health


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About University

Ravenshaw University came into existence on the 15th day of November, 2006. It was an upgradation of Ravenshaw College established in 1868, one of the oldest and largest colleges in India which subsequently became an autonomous college with CPE status by UGC and 'A' grade by NAAC. The College with all its glorious academic achievement and ceaseless scholastic pursuits had already created a distinct niche for itself in India and beyond. The history of this great institution is, in a manner of speaking, the history of modern Orissa. It was the cradle of ideas fostering national unity and nationalism, promoting social mobilization and gearing up the freedom struggle.

The grand hall of this institution was a theatre of history : on the 1st of April'1936 it was the venue for the declaration of Orissa as a separate province; thereafter it housed the state's first legislative assembly upto and even after Independence till it was shifted to Bhubaneswar, the new capital of the state. During Quit India Movement of 1942 the students of this institution brought down the Union Jack as a mark of nationalistic fervour.

The College originally was affiliated to Calcutta University and thereafter to Patna University in 1917 and was finally affiliated to Utkal University in 1943. The Utkal University began functioning from this campus till it was shifted to its present site at Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar. This institution is the alma mater of the most distinguished personalities of the state. Not only the Utkal University but also the Orissa State Museum and Madhusudan Law College are the offshoots of this Institution obtaining their independent status at a later stage.

Post-graduate teaching started in 1922 with the opening of M.A. English class. Considering its great heritage, the Institution has been awarded National Honour by the Government of India through the issue of a commemorative stamp in 1978. The library which was named after the Raja Sahib of Kanika is the largest in Orissa. Not only is this Institution an epitome of learning but also a piece of unique Victorian architecture in the country.

The University has 27 departments of which 20 are post-graduate departments. M.Phil. programme is available in 14 departments and all the departments have provision for Ph.D. & D.Litt. programmes. Presently the University runs 23 Post-Graduate courses with research facilities and 27 Undergraduate honours courses.

The mission of the institution is "To provide value-based quality education to students of all sections of society with a view to promoting exemplary work ethics, professional expertise and leadership in all walks of life to serve their fellowmen with justice, truth and love" with a pledge to redeem the motto of the University "Gyanameba Shakti" which means "Knowledge is Power"


The Ravenshaw University Cuttack was established in 1868,one of the oldest and largest colleges in India which subsequently became an autonomous college with CPE status by UGC and 'A' grade by NAAC. The history of this great institution is, in a manner of speaking, the history of modern Orissa The College originally was affiliated to Calcutta University and thereafter to Patna University in 1917 and was finally affiliated to Utkal University in 1943.The University the University runs 23 Post-Graduate courses with research facilities and 27 Undergraduate honours courses.

Ravenshaw, one of the premier educational institutions in the country, was established in 1868 in the town of Cuttack in Orissa. After one hundred and forty years of eventful existence, it was converted into Ravenshaw University by an Act of the State Legislature on November 15, 2006. Thus, as one of the heritage educational institutions, and as a young university, Ravenshaw is a veritable blend of the old and the new. The old Ravenshaw campus with its majestic structures was set up in the year 1919 over about a hundred acres of land on the eastern side of Cuttack. After becoming a university, Ravenshaw has acquired another one hundred and forty acres of land on the bank of river Mahanadi to build its second campus for the new disciplines of management and applied sciences. The old Ravenshaw campus is located very close to the Cuttack Railway Station, almost in the center of the city and is about a 45 minutes drive from the Bhubaneswar Airport
. As a young university, the old Ravenshaw is now in the throes of preservation and change. Its infrastructure, both academic and physical, is being strengthened and expanded to meet the needs to make it more contemporary, and raise the level of its excellence. In keeping with the contemporary and emerging needs, Ravenshaw has set up the Ravenshaw Management Centre (RMC) and is hereby inviting applications for the faculty positions in RMC the following areas: *Marketing * Finance & Accounting * Operations Management * Information Systems * Strategic Management * Communication * Business Ethics * Economics.

Ravenshaw University (earlier Ravenshaw College) is a co-educational state university situated in Cuttack, Orissa, on the east coast of India.

Profile of University

Ravenshaw University came into existence on the 15th day of November, 2006. It was an upgradation of Ravenshaw College established in 1868, one of the oldest and largest colleges in India which subsequently became an autonomous college with CPE status by UGC and 'A' grade by NAAC.

The University has 27 departments of which 20 are post-graduate departments. M.Phil. programme is available in 14 departments and all the departments have provision for Ph.D. & D.Litt. programmes. Presently the University runs 23 Post-Graduate courses with research facilities and 27 Undergraduate honours courses.

Located at Cuttack in Orissa, Ravenshaw University has evolved out of a heritage educational institution. Ravenshaw University offers a blend of old and new values and skills. It is an elevation of Ravenshaw College, established in 1868, one of the oldest and largest colleges in India which subsequently became an autonomous college with CPE status by University Grants Commission and 'A' grade by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Address : Ravenshaw University
Cuttak-3, Orissa

Type : State University

Website : www.ravenshawuniversity.com/

Vice Chancellor : Devdas Chhotray

Registrar : Dr. Satyakam Mishra


Ravenshaw University was set up in 2006 (elevated from Ravenshaw College). The University is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under section 12(b) of the UGC Act. History of this great institution can be easily co-related with the history of modern Orissa.

After the great famine of 1866, the people of Orissa and few liberal Britons wanted to start a college at Cuttack. Thomas Edward Ravenshaw, Officiating Commissioner of Orissa Division finally made the Government of Bengal realise the difficulties of Oriya students in getting College education and succeeded in obtaining permission to start collegiate classes in the Cuttack Zilla School. Thus the first College in Orissa was born in January 1868 with only intermediate classes and having six students on roll.

In January 1875 Commissioner Ravenshaw proposed to convert the Collegiate School into a full fledged degree College. The Government of Bengal accepted the demand with the condition that a public contribution of Rs.30,000/- be deposited for the proposed College. Ravenshaw took up the matter as an object of personal interest and guaranteed the collection of the required amount. Mr. H. Woodrew, DPI of Bengal supported Ravenshaw. Mr. H. J. Reynolds, Secretary to the Government of Bengal requested the Government of India to sanction the incidental charges and the post of the Principal on the additional condition of meeting half the monthly expenses by public donation.

Due to Mr.Ravenshaw's efforts & supports of maharaja of Mayurbhanj,HH Shree Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo by means of financial help, the College department of the Collegiate School was finally converted in 1876 to a full-fledged Government Degree College, bearing the name 'Cuttack College' affiliated to the University of Calcutta. Mr. Samuel Ager was appointed as the first Principal. The college then had only 19 students on roll. Maharaja of Mayurbhanj H.H. Sri Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo donated Rs. 20,000/- as a permanent endowment for the college which almost fulfilled the condition imposed by the Government for public contribution. On his insistence the name of the college was changed to Ravenshaw College in 1878 after Thomas Edward Ravenshaw to commemorate his services to the cause of education in Orissa. The College was granted permanent status by 1881.

Growth of the college in the initial days was slow. Altogether 94 graduates were produced by the closing year of the 19th century and the student strength had increased to 97. Science stream remained confined only to Intermediate level till 1912 when Bihar and Orissa were separated from Bengal.

The college entered a new phase of development after 1912. School and survey classes were removed. Teachers of Indian Education Service were appointed as professors in different departments. New subjects such as Political Economy, Political Philosophy and honours in History and Persian were introduced. Infrastructure facilities for teaching of science at B.Sc. level were augmented. The student strength rose to 280 in 1912 and 375 in 1915. A new site (the present site) for the college at 'Chakkar Padia' was located by the Government to construct a complete set of new buildings at an approximate cost of Rs.10,00,000/-.

In 1916 the University Bill proposed the transfer of Ravenshaw College from Calcutta University to Patna University to be created newly. Although there was some public resistance for the change of affiliation, the then commissioner rightly supported the transfer by writing ' Divorced from the Calcutta University, its progress would be rapid and in course of time it should be able to supply every educational need of the people of Orissa'. Accordingly the affiliation of the college was transferred to newly created Patna University on 1 October 1917.

The college was shifted to its present site in the erstwhile 'Chakkar Padia' in 1921. While laying the foundation stone of the present building in the November 1919 Sir Edward Gait, the then Governor of Bihar and Orissa wished that this mighty monument would one day grow into a University. Maharaja of Mayurbhanj donated Rs. 1,00,000/- for the electrification of the new building and purchase of equipments for science laboratories. A library building having an area of 9000 sq.ft. was opened in 1922 by Lt. Governor of Bihar and Orissa. Maharaja of Kanika Sri Rajendra Narayan Bhanjadeo generously donated Rs. 55,000/- for its construction which stands today as a beautiful piece of architecture. In his honour the library is named as 'Kanika Library' which is very close to the hearts of educated Oriyas. In recognition of the public generosity, the Government sanctioned Rs. 25,000/- towards purchase of books for the newly created 'Kanika Library'. After the shifting of the main library to the centenary building, the old premise houses the journal section.

Legislators from Orissa such as Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das and Sri Krishna Mohapatra demanded time and again for further growth of the college in Bihar Orissa Legislative Council and Viceroy's Council. In the words of Krishna Mohapatra 'Orissa had a pet child and that child was the Ravenshaw College'. In response to public pressure Mathematics honours got recognition by 1920. A year later affiliation was granted to B.Sc. in Botany and the College became a postgraduate institution with M.A. classes in English started in 1922 through munificence of Maharani Smt. Parvati Devi, the queen of Sonepur, in granting Rs. 1,71,500/- for its opening.

The staff position of Ravenshaw College was strengthened with the appointment in 1918, of scholars such as Sir Jaudunath Sarkar and R. P. Khosla as professor of History and Economics respectively. By 1922 the sanctioned strength of teaching staff had reached 31, out of which 13 came from Indian Education Service, two were Europeans and the rest were from provincial Education Service. Honours classes in Physics, Chemistry and Botany were opened with effect from July 1930 and steps were initiated to start postgraduate teaching in all subjects which was fulfilled after Orissa became a separate province.

Co-education began in 1929-30 with 4 girl students taking admission in the college. Their number gradually rose over the years. Medical facilities opened in the college with the appointment of a Sub-assistant surgeon and medical examination became compulsory for all students from October, 1929.

The College remained affiliated to Patna University even after the separation of Orissa from Bihar in 1936. The affiliation was finally transferred to newly created Utkal University in 1943. In fact, it was Ravenshaw College that gave birth to the new University, nursed and sustained it. If walls could speak, the present zoology department building could say how the university started functioning on its premises more than half a century ago. The law department of Ravenshaw College was finally separated and gave birth to the Madhusudan Law College.

Educational Streams

Ravenshaw University offers undergraduate, postgraduate as well as research programmes for the students. Courses offered by the University include three year integrated degree course in Arts, Science and Commerce (All Hons). PG courses are offered in a range of traditional subjects like Applied Geography, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Education, English, Hindi, History, Mathematics, Oriya, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Zoology.

Self-financed courses on professional subjects Computer Science, Biotechnology, Journalism & Mass Communication, and Business Administration are also conducted by the university. Admission procedure of the University for new sessions starts in the month of April and May. PG course in Oriya adds local element to the curriculum.

Ravenshaw University provides several hostels at its campus separately for boys and girls. The University canteen provides meals, snacks, tea, coffee, cold drinks at reasonable rates to the students, faculty members and employees of the college. The student information bureau operates in collaboration with the District Employment Office, Cuttack and offers counseling and career guidance to the students.

Other infrastructural facilities include a dispensary, bank, post office, gymnasium and huge parking lots. The University has also made provision for sports facilities that include basketball court, cricket pitch, football ground, hockey, volleyball court and field for athletic events.


* Department of Applied Geography
* Department of Botany
* Department of Chemistry
* Department of Commerce
* Department of Economics
* Department of Education
* Department of English
* Department of Hindi
* Department of Sanskrit
* Department of Geology
* Department of History
* Department of Mathematics
* Department of Philosophy
* Department of Physics
* Department of Political Science
* Department of Psychology
* Department of Sociology
* Department of Statistics
* Department of Zoology
* Department of Master in Computer Application
* Ravenshaw Management Centre


Courses offered by Ravenshaw University Cuttack
M.Phil in Hindi
M.Phil in History
M.Phil in English
M.Phil in Education
M.Phil in Economics
M.Phil in Commerce
M.Phil in Chemistry
M.Phil in Botany
M.A. in Philosophy
M.A. in Oriya
M.Sc. in Plastic Processing
M.Sc. in Biotechnology
M.Sc. in Computer Science
M.Sc. in Zoology
M.A. in Education
M.A. in Economics
B.Sc in Chemistry
B.Sc in botany
M.A. in Applied Geography
B.A. Honours in Sanskrit
B.A. Honours in Statistics
B.A. Honours in Sociology
B.Sc. Honours in Psychology
B.A. Honours in Persian
B.A. Honours in Political Science
B.A. Honours in Philosophy
B.A. Honours in Oriya
B.A. Honours in History
B.A. Honours in Geography
B.A. Honours in Education
B.A. Honours in Economics
B.A. Honours in English
B.Sc. Honours in Mathematics
B.Sc. in Mathematics
B.A. in Functional English
B.A. in Persian
B.A. in Urdu
B.A. in Hindi
B.A. in Sanskrit
B.A. in Oriya

Academic Activities

Ravenshaw faculty recruitment in full swing
The faculty recruitment process for filling up vacancies of teaching posts in various departments of Ravenshaw University is going on in full swing with recruitment for various posts in the departments of Sociology, Geology and English already over.

As a University, Ravenshaw has received Government's approval for creating 153 faculty positions comprising 17 posts of Professors, 45 posts of Readers and 91 posts of Lecturers. The Government has advised the University to process the recruitments as per UGC norms, provisions of Orissa Universities First Statutes (OUFS) and directions of Executive Council of the University. Vice Chancellor Mr. Devdas Chhotray has stressed on maintaining high standards while selecting candidates.

The Selection Committee included subject experts and eminent scholars from outside Orissa like Vice Chairman, Kerala State Planning Board, Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, Prof. S. Tripathy and Prof. M.K. Panigrahi of IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Pulin B. Nayak of Delhi School of Economics, Prof. Sumanyu Satpathy of Delhi University, Prof. G.J.V. Prasad and Prof. Satish Jain of JNU, Professor A Karuppiah of University of Madras and many academicians of international repute, who interviewed the candidates.

Ravenshaw University has taken up this mammoth recruitment enterprise by global advertisement for all 153 faculty positions. In response, more than 7,000 applications have been received. For just and fair recruitment, with required competence, the task of verification of eligibility of applicants and short-listing of eligible candidates has been outsourced to XIMB, Bhubaneswar.

Priority was accorded for selection of candidates for the Departments of Geology, Sociology, English and Economics where the shortage of faculty is acute.

Lecture on civil aspects of Aviation Management
Professor Ludwig Weber of Mc Gill University, Montreal, Canada delivered a lecture on the topic 'Legal aspects of Aviation Management' on 31st October, 2009 at PLT, Ravenshaw University. He is an eminent international authority on aviation law and teaches in the Institute of Air and Space Law, Mc Gill University and other reputed institutes as a guest faculty.

Students of Ravenshaw Management Centre (RMC) and some BBA students attended the lecture. It is planned to start Aviation Management as an elective course from the next academic session. The lecture was intended to sensitize students on the subject which is gaining momentum.

Ravenshaw University and University of Malaya extend academic link
Prof. Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, Dean, School of Social Sciences and Professor and Head, Department of History, Ravenshaw University visited the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 3, 2009 for discussion and understanding regarding academic link between Ravenshaw University and University of Malaya. The discussions were focused on exploring the possibilities of academic collaboration between the two Universities. Possibilities of collaborative activities in various areas such as academic exchange programmes, short-term visits for research, field studies and conferences were also explored.

He described the rich academic heritage and glorious history of Ravenshaw University and informed about the future plans of the University under the dynamic leadership of Vice Chancellor Mr. Devdas Chhotray. He proposed for exchange of faculty, research scholars, university publications, and library, documentation and research materials between the two institutions and called for promoting joint research activities through student exchange programmes, departmental links and conferences, seminars and cultural cooperation programmes.

Prof. Patnaik also delivered a talk on the topic 'Human Sacrifice among the Kandh Tribe in India' which was highly appreciated by the students as well as teaching staff of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya.

Earlier, Prof. Patnaik presented a paper and chaired a session in the 16th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES 2009) held at Kunming in China during 27-31 July, 2009. His research paper, 'Marriage Rites: Changes and Continuities among the Kandh Tribe', was widely acclaimed in the conference. He chaired the session 'Changing Rites of Passage and Marginalization' in the panel, 'Diverse Ethnic Rites of Passage'.

RU joins hands with NUS for academic linkage
Dr. Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, Chairman, Council of Deans, Dean of School of Social Sciences and Professor and Head of the Department of History of Ravenshaw University visited the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore on June 8, 2009 to discuss the possibility of academic linkage and collaboration between the institutions.

Dr. Patnaik also visited the prestigious Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), Singapore under NUS. He informed that ISAS has agreed to provide assistance to researchers and post-doctoral students from the Advanced Centre for South Asian Studies, Ravenshaw University by allowing the use of ISAS/ NUS library and meeting with ISAS researchers.

In his acknowledgement letter, Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS, John Richardson encouraged leading researchers of Ravenshaw University to contact researchers at ISAS/ NUS with common interests.

Dr. Patnaik also delivered a talk on the topic 'Cultural Contacts of Kalinga (Orissa) with South-East Asia: A Case Study of Bali' at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore which was widely acclaimed. There was a discussion regarding access of Ravenshaw University's research students and colleagues to the ISEAS library and the possibility of inter-library exchange of books.

He also participated and presented a paper in SSEASR Conference held at Denpasar, Indonesia.

The Collectors Daughter

Book Title: The Collectors Daughter
Author: S.K. Das
Publisher: Rupa Publication India Pvt Ltd.
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 978-81-291-1767-0
No.of Page: 290
Price: Rupees 295

History has fascinated me always. Not that I want to go back to those days of Rajas, Maharajas, but because of our past very much present in it. Evolution of the mankind is never short of stories of tenaciousness, struggle, love and humiliation. The more you peel the history, the better you understand it. It allows us to unravel the untold stories. The book, The Collectors Daughter, is a fiction carved out of the page of the history. In its every page the spirit of history is alive.

We have grown up studying about the dreaded famine of Orissa. That is all in bits and pieces. Here is a book that recreates the events of famine. And I must say that the Author S.K. Das, a retired civil servant of the GoI, has mastered in narrating what happened in the aftermath of the famine. He has won the Luigi Napolitano Book Award of the international academy of Astronautics for his book entitled Touching Lives. The Author has written this book after a massive reserch. He has extensively gone through the pages of British document, papers, and relied on secondary sources like Oriya text by Jagannath Prasad Dass Desha, Kala, Patra.

The book is a journey of Sujata or Devi - Menis daughter, who was raped by the collector of Puri. Disgraced by her father and the society, Meni, till her last breath, cursed on the mantra for curing headache which has become a bane for her life. Despite the humiliation of being raped and a daughter of Anglo feature, Meni, the dotting mother raised Sujata, fulfilled her needs and sacrificed her life to save her daughter in the time of famine.

Equally humiliated Sujata had lived with the curse of being a whitemans illegitimate daughter - ridiculed by the people of her village. With no friends, she found a solace in the presence of an unlikely pet animal, Pig. She made Pig her life long friend. In the change of fortune, she became a Pig-keeper at palace and fell in love with the Crown prince of Puri. A telling story of Devi who yearned for love by her friends and by her real father. But she finds a shelter in the house of a chief river pirate. It was believed that colonel Sleeman crushed the menace of thuggee. But here is an account of river pirates operating from river Hooghly, right at the nose of British Power.

The book goes through many intricacies interwoven knitly in the events after events - from power struggle in the royal families to the ineptitude of British rule. The people of Orissa looked to the king of Puri as the walking embodiment of the Lord Jagannath. But the king Pratap Rudra have indulged in debauchery, smoking ganja, and in the merry making while people died of no food. The young king Purushottam confessed he never knew that such a bad famine had come. One is clustered in this place. So far removed from the realities of the outside world.

Simultaneously, it testifies the hollowness and highhandedness of British bureaucracy in dealing with the famine due to which a more than half of the population wiped out. Instead of taking immediate steps to feed the dying people, the British commissioner to Orissa sent report to the Revenue Board that there is no real scarcity and Orissa has enough rice to see it through the next harvest.

And those who are aware about the history of famine in Orissa, can easily comprehend the commissioner of the book with T.E. Ravenshaw, the then commissioner of Orissa. The dyeing population could have been saved by him who delayed the process of imports of food from the neighbour states, despite early appraisal reports on famine by his subordinates. The author says that the British bureaucrats were stuck with the intellectual baggage of Laissez-Faire ethos that the idea of price control or import of food grains by the state administration was considered undesirable interference with money and trade. A strict adherence to this ideal by the Commissioner proved costly to the people of Orissa.

The irony is that people of Orissa seem to forgotten the commissioner who was the real culprit for the death of a large number of people. Conspicuously, in stead of castigating him, the people remember him as founder of a reputed college - Ravenshaw college - in Cuttack.

Odisha: Ravenshaw University planning to open 11 new schools says Vice Chancellor BC Tripathy

Have you met a scientist who wanted to change the education system? Have you met a passionate educationist who dreamt of building world class universities? He studied and worked in the United States and returned to India with a child hood dream; to contribute to the cause of his motherland. The distinguished scientist worked for NASA Space Biology Programme and harboured the dream to serve India and especially bring change to Odisha. We are talking about renowned scientist and educationist Prof Baishnab Charan Tripathy, currently the Vice Chancellor at historic and prestigious Ravenshaw University.

Odishadiary editor, Rashmi r Parida interviewed Professor Tripathy to understand the person, his passion, his dreams and his vision for Ravenshaw University.

OD: After so many years of studying, researching and living outside Odisha, now you are back to Odisha as the Vice Chancellor of a great place of learning. What has been your experience so far?

BCT: I am quite happy with this assignment. Ravenshaw is the glory of Odisha, my task is take it to new heights. From day one I have started working on this. Ravenshaw as an institution has a glorious history. My dream is to develop this new University as a leading centre of learning at the national level. However the challenges are daunting and I am ready to face all of them.

OD: Recently Odisha Cabinet approved land for the new Ravenshaw University campus. How are you planning to develop the new campus?

BCT: I thank the state government for granting 141 acres of land for the new campus of Ravenshaw University. We are waiting for the formal hand over of land document to the university. Now the most important thing is how to develop the new campus. At present we have not got any budgetary allocation for the new campus. In this backdrop I am planning to approach our parliamentarians to donate funds for the building of this prestigious institutions new campus.

I will push hard for progress of work on the second campus this year. My agenda also includes construction of separate buildings for new and old departments, new hostels for girls and boys, quarters for teaching and non-teaching staff, modern gym and playground on the new campus.

OD: It is widely perceived that the quality of teaching and learning atmosphere has decreased in Odisha. Do you agree on this? If yes what have you planned for your university?

BCT: The main concern is the vacant posts of faculty members in various departments of the University. The teacher –student ratio in Ravenshaw is not upto the mark. I have approached the state Government to fill up the vacant teachers posts. I will try to constitute a good selection committee to select new faculty members. Contractual appointment of faculty has to stop. We are planning to open 11 new schools, these are in the areas of like Life Sciences, Geophysics, Computational Science, Space and Planetary Science, Material Scinces, International Studies, Media Studies and others. Besides that I am planning to take steps for creation of a school of creative and performing arts. The school will try to revive the traditional drama and stage shows in Cuttack and Odisha.

I am very keen to develop and shape a strong academic environment in the university. To make academic environment friendlier we are taking number of participatory steps. We are developing more dynamic course curriculums. From next academic session, we are thinking to make 70 percent attention compulsory for students. The interact with the students and faculties in several occasion. Even I am planning to take classes and teach the students on their subjects.

OD: What steps you have taken to resolve the hostel issue?
BCT: The university is building a new girls hostel now. Two more girls hostels are in the pipeline.

OD: Are you planning to collaborate and develop academic tie ups with international institutions and Universities?

BCT: Recently our University inked a pact with Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin (HKG) University of Japan. The agreement was to promote exchange of research scholars, students, and members of the faculty between the two universities. We are planning to tie up with Universities based in US, Italy, Germany, UK, Australia.

OD: Any planning to host national or international symposium in future?
BCT: Recently Sociology and History departments hosted national symposium. The University has 27 departments, every department has ability to host national or international symposium. Each faculty member has already been told to make projects and apply for funding from UGC and other funding agencies to host national or international symposium.

OD: Any plan to encourage foreign students to admit in Ravenshaw?
BCT: Ravenshaw University is always encouraging talented students from foreign countries to study in different courses. In 2009-10, 64 students from Afghanistan alone joined the University. Many students from Africa and Caribbean countries are studying here now.

OD: Any plan to develop new curriculum and class room atmosphere?
BCT: My first priority is strictly adhering to academic calendar. I want to revise the courses of studies as per the guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC). I want to introduce a semester system at the undergraduate level, invite subject experts and eminent academicians for special lectures to encourage debates and discussion among students and teachers. My target also includes making students aware of social needs and their responsibilities, monitoring classroom activities, inspiring teachers to counsel students.

OD: Can you tell us a little bit about what your research?
BCT: I have administered several projects funded by DBT, DST, CSIR, NAIP and NASA, USA. Presently, I have two research projects from DBT, one project from DST on several areas of photosynthesis. The project from NAIP is a World Bank funded project that deals with transformation of C3 plants to C4. The most memorable project was Space Biology Program at NASA.

Currently I have six PhD students, and 2 research associates. They are working on primary processes of photosynthesis, photodynamic herbicides, generation of transgenic crop plants resistant to herbicides, molecular biology of chlorophyll biosynthesis, chloroplast biogenesis, signal transduction from root to shoot, protein transport into chloroplast and stress responses of plants to abiotic stress and generation of transgenic plants resistant to abiotic stress

OD: Do you feel after being the VC, you are slowly away from scientific research and innovation?
BCT: The job of a VC is this not like this, but this new assignment is very challenging. Due to this challenge my scientific endeavour has certainly been affected. Nevertheless, I am enjoying the responsibility.

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