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Alumni vow to restore lost glory of Utkal Varsity


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:

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Former students of Utkal University have decided to work collectively towards building the brand image of the university with a pool of actions in the days to come.

On the occasion of World AIDS day on Sunday, nearly 100 students of the 1995-97 batch organized an World AIDS Day Awareness Signature Campaign at the University campus here on the sidelines of an alumni meet to share with the current students this year’s theme: “Getting to Zero: Zero Discrimination, Zero New Infections and Zero AIDS-related deaths” with the intention that students would carry forward the message not just within themselves but across the state.

“This is perhaps the first time in the University’s history that such an event has been organized by the alumni. It shows our commitment for the future of University in days to come,” said alumnus Binod Agarwalla, who is a businessman based in Dhenkanal.

The ex-students have decided to pool in money to build a sizeable corpus within a year to carry out regular activities.  A 14-member core committee, comprising ex-students staying in and around the capital, has been constituted for the purpose. This committee will approach the heads of all post graduation departments of the university with the proposal for creating a brand image for the University by the first quarter of 2014.

“The University is often in news for all the wrong reasons. That is why we decided we will change the image in the days to come using our professional experience enriched over the years for our very own University with Branding & regular Leadership & Alumni Talks. We believe it will be a positive move that will restore its status as the premier university in the state,” said Piyush Ranjan Rout, ex-student and an urban planning management consultant.

Another former student Dina Krushna Mishra said they would undertake campus beautification work by “adopting” a particular stretch of road in the university premises similar to various international Universities that we see in Boston or Harvard or Melbourne.

The PG Council Chairman Prof Prafulla Mishra that he would urge all alumni to come forward and work towards making this University among the best in the business.