Welcoming The Freshers: Institute Orientation
It was on 24th July 2019, 3:15 PM when the confused yet excited FRESHERS of NITR took their seats in BBA in anticipation of the program which was to follow. This year, the institute orientation program was held in 2 sessions due to the sheer number of participants. The 1st session started at 3:15 PM was held for the students of CSE, EC&EI, ME, EE and CR branches. The 2nd session, starting at 5:30 PM was held for the rest of the B.tech, Dual Degree and Integrated M.Sc. students. Mr. Ashish Kumar Behera, Asst. Registrar UG&PG welcomed the Freshers to NIT Rourkela and congratulated them for having aced the JEE exam. He introduced the dignitaries on the dais and was the emcee for the occasion.
Mrs.Sushmita Mishra, PIC Admission, welcomed the students and their parents to NIT Rourkela and gave the opening remarks on the number and the variety of students who have taken admission in NITR this time. She mentioned that in this batch a total of 190 Ph.D., 314 PG, and 1044 UG students have taken admission. Further breakdown of UG admissions revealed that 954 students from JoSAA,36 students from DASA(students from the UK, USA, Bahrain, etc) and 54 students from ICCR(students from Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zambia, Nepal, Uganda, and Mauritius) have taken admission.
Honorable Director of NIT Rourkela, Prof. Animesh Biswas, congratulated the students for having cleared JEE and introduced his colleagues and the HODs of all the departments. He encouraged the students to focus on learning and building fond memories while in college instead of only worrying about the grades.
Prof. P.K. Das, the Registrar, stressed the importance of 1st and 2nd semesters and advised the students to carefully go through the institute rules and regulations and make sure they abide by them. He also advised the parents to keep tabs on their ward's performance and problems. He encouraged the students to focus on their soft-skills as they are necessary for employment. Giving the freshers a mantra for being successful he said,
“Love what you do till you find what you love to do”
This was followed by a speech from Prof. Nihar Ranjan Mishra, Associate Dean Academics, in which he stressed on the CGPA criterion and the changes made to the academic system by making NCC, NSS and PE full 1 credit courses. He also made the rules regarding allotment to the 1st year students.
Prof.Alok Satpathy, Dean Academics, expounded the 4-number CGPA Rule to the students, namely 6 (for survival), 7.5 (for minor degree), 8 (for fast-pace courses) and 8.5 (branch change). He also advised the parents to call their wards at least twice a day to keep tabs on their well-being and performance in studies. Explaining the institute policy of zero tolerance towards malpractice, he warned the students not to engage themselves in such activities.
Assistant Registrar, Ashish Kumar Behera explained the importance of CGPA criterion for continuing education in the institute. He also explained the demerits of entering into slow-pace courses as they will have to drop 2 or more subjects while registering for a Semester which is bound to create future hurdles.
Chief Warden, SK Pratihar elaborated on the various amenities available for the students in the hostels, the general hostel rules and regulations and the importance of participating in hall events and socializing. He assured the students of a comfortable stay if they follow the Hall rules and regulations and are sympathetic to others.
Dean(Student Welfare), Prof. S.K. Patel advised students to sleep well and attend classes. He said that all possible measures of enhancing the all-round development of students such as Extra-Academic Activities and Clubs are present in the institute. He added that fun was also an important element of students' lives and that swimming pools and movie screenings at BBA, were meant for the same. He also said that fests like Innovision and Nitrutsav are organized by the college with several events in it. Finally, he gave a brief overview of the Institute Student Disciplinary Committee (ISDC).
Prof. U. C. Pati, Head (Training and Placement Cell), threw light on the placement activities through statistics. He told that a total of 243 companies had visited the campus and that 964 offers had been bagged by the students. He added that the packages varied between 2 to 40 Lakhs per annum and that the average was around 7-8 Lakhs. He further told that two major companies, Google and DailyHunt were going to conduct placements, starting this year. Apart from this, he said that 12 students have bagged internships at Microsoft and that several giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Myntra, and Mercedes-Benz would be conducting placements soon. He told that several students who had appeared for competitive exams like GRE, TOEFL, Civil Services and GATE had made the institute proud and achieved good ranks. He ended his speech with an inspirational sentence:
“ You are the master of your own destiny”
It was followed by a brief speech by Prof. K.C. Pati, the head of the Student Counseling Services. He explained the role of SCS along with its history. After this, Dr. Champak Bhattacharya, the Head of Health Centre-NIT Rourkela, started with an overview of the healthcare facilities at the institute. Apart from the 3 doctors at the Institute Health Centre, students can be referred to Ispat General Hospital (IGH) and CWS (Community Welfare Society) Hospital whenever deemed necessary. He stressed on mind-body relationship, the importance of rest and sleep and also advised students to study through hard copies instead of e-books. He concluded his speech by quoting:
“ To remain healthy, one should think healthy”
This was followed by an overview of the Biju Patnaik Central Library (BPCL) by its head, Dr. Bhojaraju Gunjal. After making the timings clear and informing the students about the state-of-the-art facilities like the self-issue/renewal system and OPAC, he presented the count of books(80,000) and journals in the library. He also added that a project of scanning Rare Odia books was in progress at the library.
Prof. Rohan Dhiman, PIC(Security), briefed about the security arrangements and precautionary measures in the campus. He warned against alcohol and substance abuse and added that raids may be conducted in hostels and students found with possession of banned items would be heavily penalized. He also said that the possession of unauthorized vehicles by students is strictly prohibited.
This was followed by the unveiling of the Monday Morning Mini-Print Issue titled 'A Poke-t Guide to NITR' by the Director and Deans. It was distributed to all freshers to make them aware of the institute and to help them explore its facilities. The Honorable Director, Dr. Animesh Biswas, in his concluding speech, said that this stage (B. Tech) is one of the best stages of life when one can make memorable memories. He then quoted a wonderful sentence which said:
" Become job-givers instead of job-seekers"
He emphasized on the importance of entrepreneurship and said that NIT Rourkela has the TIIR building to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of its students. He also told that the institute had tied up with NALCO to support incubation for startups and added that 28 startups have been incubated at the institute to date.
The vote of thanks was then presented by the Assistant Registrar, who reiterated that students should never miss classes and never resort to malpractices of any kind.