Honoris causa for Bansidhar Panda

Bhubaneswar: IMFA group founder Bansidhar Panda and Manindra Agrawal, a Computer Science professor at IIT-Kanpur, were conferred honoris causa or honorary degrees by the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela, at a special convocation here today.
IIT-Bhubaneswar director Prof R.V. Rajakumar gave away the citations to Panda and Agrawal.

Addressing the gathering NIT-Rourkela director Sunil Sarangi said the institute feels privileged in honouring the two distinguished personalities who have made a remarkable contribution for the society in their respective fields.

Sarangi said the event is significant because it would be the first activity of the institute on the site after it was handed over to NIT by the State government recently.

The government has allotted an 1-acre plot to NIT to construct its extension centre here. Bhubaneswar being well-connected by road, rail and air routes to other parts of the country, a centre in the State capital would help NIT undertake several activities, the director said.

NIT would use the centre for running short-term courses for teachers of engineering colleges, international conferences besides having regular interfaces with the government, meeting the industry leaders and coordinating campus hiring, he added.