A Journey from Genesis to Zenith: NITR Celebrates 60th Foundation Day

A Journey from Genesis to Zenith: NITR Celebrates 60th Foundation Day

Sunil Urmal Khitish Kumar Sahoo | Aug 19, 2021

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It was a journey of enthusiasm and steady effort that has brought NIT Rourkela to this platform, serving the nation in the best way by imparting education and giving hands to its development. NIT Rourkela celebrated its 60th foundation day, completing 60 years of successful execution. It was founded on 15th August 1961, and since then, it has kept producing bright students by discovering and shaping their innate talent. Team MM brings you the coverage for the whole day – 

THE INCEPTION

The ceremony started at around noon with the host, Prof. Kishanjit Kumar Khatua, Dean Alumni Relations, and Resource Generation,  extending a warm welcome to everyone by welcoming all the dignitaries. 

  • Chief Guest, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize(2006)

  • Prof. Animesh Biswas, Director, NIT Rourkela

  • Prof. Susmita Mishra, Dean Academic

  • Prof. Pradip Kumar Das, Registrar

  • Prof. Kishanjit Kumar Khatua, Dean Alumni Relations and Resource Generation

  • Prof. Abanti Sahoo, Ex-Dean Alumni Relations and Resource Generation

  • Prof. Pravat Kumar Ray, Associate Dean Alumni Relations and Resource Generation

  • Prof. Nihar Ranjan Mishra, Associate Dean Academics

He spoke about the importance of the day as it's the 75th Independence day and the 60th Foundation day of the institute. Furthermore, he affirmed that the entire institute is delighted to extend a heartfelt welcome to a great person of enormous eminence, Nobel Laureate honourable Professor Muhammad Yunus, Bangladesh, to grace this occasion of the Diamond Jubilee Foundation Day Program.

After extending a warm welcome and introducing the chief guest for the event, Prof. Sanjit Kumar Khatua request Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to deliver the prestigious Professor Bhubaneswar Behera Memorial lecture.

Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise the Fortune magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as one of the most outstanding entrepreneurs of our time. In 2006 professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 61 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 honours from 33 countries, including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals who have received the Nobel peace prize, the United States Presidential medal of freedom, and the United States congressional gold medal. He has featured on the cover of Time magazine and Forbes magazine.

THE CHIEF GUEST'S KEY-NOTE ADDRESS

Prof. Muhammad Yunus began by congratulating Independence Day and Foundation day. He spoke about how the pandemic is highly deadly and has made the world stop. Prof. first shared the story behind the idea of his opening of Grameen Bank, which follows an opposite principle of Conventional Banks. With no interest loans, focusing more on the remote villages, with 97% female loan takers, giving loans to people without any security, providing doorstep facility the Grameen Bank has provided Loans to over 9 billion+ people. With a legacy of 45years, Grameen bank has played a significant role in the upliftment of rural areas.

He mentioned that the whole banking system is designed in the wrong way. He also emphasised how the system is weaved in such a way that it makes rich ones richer and poor ones poorer. He also said the system is only responsible for 99% of the wealth lying in the 1% of the world/country and strongly discriminates against wealth concentration.

Another primary concern was people not having toilets. Prof. stated how he opened a company that made toilets for the poor and rich without making any profits. The company only took an amount that covered up the cost of making a toilet. He also stated how his company solved the electricity problem in rural areas by providing them with solar panels and telling them to pay every month's kerosene. Additionally, they can cancel this by simply returning the panel, and no additional charges will be applied to them.

Furthermore, he states about healthcare insurance in which you pay a fixed amount for an entire family to be insured. Because of the insurance, they created a health care centre in the villages with a qualified medical doctor and nurses. We wanted to make sure all the payments cover this health concern centre cost, making it self-reliant.

Professor states that massive unemployment is coming because of artificial intelligence. Engineering Universities must be talking about artificial intelligence, and students must be taking a lot of pride that they can do anything by designing artificial intelligence. But within 40-50years, human beings will turn to garbage on this planet and will not be needed for anything. Technology can either be a curse to humankind or a blessing; the choice is yours. If AI is being used for health care for helping people get good health, helping people have education, and many other things, then it is a blessing sign. Still, artificial intelligence takes away the activity of the human being that's a curse, so we have to draw a red line that artificial intelligence doesn't cross the border. 

Prof. stated how his companies revolved around serving humankind rather than doing business. His business was a social business rather than a traditional profit-making business. With no intention of making a single penny, he only has an interest in serving the poor and doing something good for society.

Mohammad Yunus revealed his vision of a world with Three Zeroes ~ Zero Net Carbon emissions to create a world where there is no carbon dioxide, ultimately preventing global warming and the number two~ Zero Wealth Concentration to end poverty. Poverty will never disappear until we solve the problem of wealth concentration. Wealth is continuously running away from people, so to prevent that, a system will be built to make sure that the people retain wealth. The third~ Zero Unemployment by unleashing the power of entrepreneurship in every human being, so that's the direction we have to discover ourselves as entrepreneurs.

With this, he concludes his words of wisdom.

THE EPILOGUE

Despite the tough times brought by the coronavirus pandemic, NIT Rourkela celebrated the 75th Independence Day and the Diamond Jubilee year. The host corroborated with the Chief guest that the NIT Rourkela fraternity would strive hard to create a sociable and peaceful environment to contribute to nation-building proactively. The program further advanced to the felicitation of our Chief Guest with a memento by our beloved Director, Prof. Animesh Biswas, as a token of love.

The 60 minutes virtual program ended with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Dean Alumni, Prof. Kishanjit Kumar Khatua.

PROUD PAST, STRONG FUTURE

Keeping up the traditions of celebrating NIT Rourkela’s functions uniquely, G. D. Birla Hall of Residence dedicated their time and efforts to pay tribute to the front-line Covid Warriors by portraying a wall paint on the occasion of 75th Independence Day. The wall art also gave a message to have celebrations by following appropriate Covid protocols and precautions. 

Foundation Day gives us a chance to celebrate our Diamond Jubilee Year as an institute. We had hoped to get together in person, but the current covid restrictions have seen us move to a virtual celebration. All the dignitaries stressed the importance of continual learning and that keeping our minds young always helps us build our careers to greater heights. 

Team Monday Morning celebrates the 60th Foundation Day of the institution and hopes that the students of NIT Rourkela would strive harder than before for bringing glory and honours to the Institution and ensure wealth and welfare to society.

Designs by – Tejaswini Sahu

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