From Left: Shri M C Bhandare, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prof. Prasant Kumar Sahoo
From Left: Shri M C Bhandare, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prof. Prasant Kumar Sahoo
Bhubaneswar: Utkal University organized its 44 th Convocation ceremony today at 11:00 am at the Convocation Pandal, Utkal University.

Dr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Hon’ble Vice-President of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation Address in the ceremony.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Ansari said, The educational institutions in the country must remain free from politics and the Government should provide sufficient allocations for developing infrastructure in the education centres.

Laying stress on the importance of education in the socio-economic development, Dr.Ansari said that quality of education should be the top priority of the nation. Dr. Ansari regretted that the mushroom growth of private coaching centres all over the country is an indicator of the lapses inherent in our education system.

His Excellency, Shri Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, Governor of Orissa and Chancellor of this University has presided over the function.

On this occasion Honoris Causa were conferred on Justice Ananga Kumar Patnaik, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Senior Advocate, U.U. Lalit, Senior Advocate, Dr. Bansidhar Panda, Chairman, IMFA Group and Dr Ramakanta Panda, Renowned Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon.

Apart from this 91 gold medals, ten cash prizes and 192 PHD awards was also distributed to the students of the University.