Students should come out with innovative ideas to remove poverty

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Rourkela, Mar 15 (UNI) Orissa Governor and Chancellor of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT)Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare today appealed to the young engineers to come out with innovative ideas to remove poverty from the state which is culturally rich but remained backward economically.

Addressing the convocation of the BPUT here the Governor said illiteracy leads to poverty and unless people became literate and attentive to of the opportunities it would be very difficult to ensure growth and development.

The Governor said Orissa could become a rich state if industrialisation process was expedited, and large number of people made to particpate in the process.

He said despite possessing huge natural and mineral resources the state has the maximum number of poor in the country. But the scenario could be changed, with the state poised for a rapid growth in industrialisation in sectors like Power, Steel and Aluminum.

Former Scientific Advisor to Defence Ministry Dr V S Arunachalam stressed the need for quality education. If the quality was ignored it would reflect in the product we make and in the process the country would loose global customers, he said.

BPUT Vice Chancellor Omkar Nath Mohanty admitted that there was crisis of qualified teachers and told how the university was trying to resolve the problem.

At least 16809 students were awarded degrees in the convocation.

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