Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11:
The Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) University has enlisted 500 volunteers whose services will be availed for rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of very severe cyclonic storm Hudhud, expected to hit north Andhra Pradesh and southern parts of Odisha on Sunday.
“These volunteers have been drawn from among students of the University, NCC cadets and NSS volunteers”, said Dr Manas Kumar Mallick, director, Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER).
“Though the brunt of the cyclone is expected to be borne by Andhra Pradesh, it is expected to affect some of the southern districts. If our assistance is required at any time, the volunteers will go there to help,” he said.
The volunteers have been drafted from the NCC, NSS, Jaago, the social service club of ITER, Sports Club, Students’ Club and students working as RJs at the Voice of SOA Community, the community radio station of the University.
A meeting was held in the University on Friday where all the 500 volunteers were present. It was also attended by university’s chief administrative officer Dr Mallick, Dr Deenabandhu Das, dean (Research), Prof PK Nanda, dean of ITER, Dr PK Sahoo, additional dean of ITER, Dr Raj Kumar Hota, coordinator of Centre of Rural and Tribal Development run by the University, Dr E Subudhi, NCC officer Dr Sachidananda Sahoo, associate professor of IBCS, Dr Jyoti Ranjan Das, station director of Voice of SOA Community Rusi Patnaik and sports officer Ranjan Kumar Pradhan.
A control room in charge of Rusi Patnaik has been opened at the community radio station with telephone numbers 0674-6004115 and 7381026310 where people within Bhubaneswar can have access to get information or to provide the same.