Zeitgeist: Institute Orientation
The rainy morn of 27 July 2016 was uplifted with energy, completely negating the somber mood set by the overcast skies. The newest additions to the NIT-R family were bestowed the responsibility of earning laurels for their institution at BBA as the orientation ceremony commenced from 8:30 A.M. onwards.
Mr. B. Acharya, Deputy Registrar (Academic) who remarked that it was a matter of tradition to inform the students of the norms and regulations of the institute, gave the Opening Address. Following that, Prof. H. B. Sahoo, Centre In-charge for JOSAA Allocation stated that out of 890 seats, 789 had accepted their seats during the 6 rounds of counseling and finally 727 students had taken admission into the Undergraduate, Dual Degree and Integrated Science courses this year, highlighting that Metallurgical and Mining Branches of the institute had been preferred over other NITs.
The Registrar Er. S.K. Upadhyay read out the Vision and Mission of the institute stating that since its establishment in 1961 and its conversion from REC to an institute of national importance, it has worked to become one of the most renowned technological institutes of the country. The present student strength is around 6300 with faculty being 300. The institute has adequate infrastructure, which includes the Biju Patnaik central library, the Computer Centre, Sports Facilities and the Lecture Halls. He also took the opportunity to remind the audience of the first death anniversary of Late President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who had visited the campus in 2010.
Prof B. Majhi, Dean of Academics took the podium to apprise students with academic regulations of the institute concerning the attendance regulations and semester registrations. Reminding the students of the challenges that lie ahead and the difficulties they may face due to negligence. Therefore, he suggested:
Academics should be your prime importance.
The book lovers at NIT-R have access to the Biju Patnaik Central Library, which has an invaluable library collections over 1 lac that includes 76000 books, bound volumes, e-books, e-journals, etc.s as stated by Dr B.Gunjal, HOD Library. The library, being completely automated, is convenient for self issuing and returning of books. The institutional repositories have open access to the thesis and scholarly works of the students and the faculty. However, he upheld the responsibility of the students by reminding them to return the books in time so that it can be maintained as a temple for education in the campus.
While NIT-R might have a rigorous academic curriculum, there is no dearth of extracurricular activities, which the students can participate. Prof J. Bera, President of SAC (Student and Activity Centre) spoke of the diversified and vibrant clubs and the credits which students can earn by participating in recreational activities of the Technical, Sports ,Film and Music and Literal and Cultural Societies of SAC.
Food is often a major issue wherein students face enormous issues. Chief Warden S.K. Patel reassured students that NIT-R provides quality and hygienic food, with proper sanitation levels maintained throughout the hostel as well as the mess facilities. Reminding that the boarders must not waste food, use heavy electrical appliances nor stick posters any place other than notice board. He also strongly remarked
Ragging is strictly banned in the campus.
Placement being one of the major concern of most students joining an institute. Prof S.K Jena, Head of Training and Placement said that NIT-R had stellar placements last year both in the core and software sectors. The Dual Degree and M.Sc. students shared equal footing with their B.Tech counterparts.
Being a multicultural and a multinational institute, NIT-R also welcomed its foreign family. Prof. Archana Mallik, Convener, International Student Welfare Committee promised that the students would not feel out of place and any hindrances would be solved by the administration. She only asked the foreign students to be responsible for their academics. The rest is their responsibility. Our Honorable Director Prof R.K Sahoo who welcomed the students for their four /five year stay and ended the ceremony by wishing them good luck for their future ventures here gave the closing address.
Team MM wishes the freshmen an enjoyable and successful year ahead.