Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 28:
With Odisha experiencing climate change in recent years and the summer temperature hovering around 45 degrees C regularly in most places, the state government should take up an environmental education program across the panchayats.
The suggestion came from Prof RP Mohanty, vice-chancellor of the SOA University at a function here today where Panchayati Raj and Law minister Arun Kumar Sahoo and minister Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education and Training minister Sanjay Dasburma were present.
“Odisha has been subject to climate change and experiencing the fallout in recent years and if people can be taught to take care of the environment in their own panchayat, things can improve,” Mohanty said, adding environmental education program should be taken up in every panchayat.
He also stressed on the need for improving the quality of technical education in the state.
Responding to the felicitations, Sahoo lauded the emergence of the SOA University saying a “touch of humanism is the difference between this organization and others.”
He also urged the students to focus on serving the nation and not on their pay package.
“The idea that the nation should come first needed to be inculcated into the young minds,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dasburma said the expansion and growth of the SOA University was the result of a dream.
Drawing a parallel, he said late Biju Patnaik had also dreamt about Odisha becoming an industrialized state.
Odisha would strive to reach the goal set before it and would follow its own model, Dasburma said.
Among others, Dr Jayadev Pati, dean of the SOA National Institute of Law and Prof Jyotirmoy Mohapatra, dean of Institute of Computer and Business Studies, also spoke.