Sambalpur: 11/6/21:The 6th Foundation Day of Odisha State Open University (OSOU) was observed today, the 10th June 2021 at 12.30 PM online.
Sri AsitTripathy, IAS (Retd.), former Chief Secretary to Govt of Odisha, and presently the Honorable Chairman, Western Odisha Development Council, and also the Principal Advisor to Honorable Chief Minister of Odisha attended the Celebration as the Chief Guest.
Prof E. Vayunandan, Vice-Chancellor, YahswantraoChavanMaharahstra Open University and with additional charge as the Vice-Chancellor of KavayitriBahinabai North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon was the Guest of Honour who delivered the Foundation day Lecture.
Prof. Arka Kumar Das Mohapatra, Honourable Vice-Chancellor, Odisha State Open University (OSOU) presided over the meeting and delivered the welcome address as well as introduced the revered guests to over 525 audience present online. He highlighted various activities of OSOU, the various achievements that OSOU has so far, and how it plans to carry forward its motto of ‘inclusive and holistic education for all, notwithstanding geographical barriers. He also spoke on the University’s plan to reach out to the ‘unreached’ by enhancing its current enrolment of nearly 34,000 to over 14,00,000 by 2040.
Registrar of the Univesity. ManasRanjanPujari presented the Annual Report 2021.
ShriAsitTripathy, IAS, Chief Guest on the occasion, expressed pleasure over the establishment of OSOU in Sambalpur, the major cultural and educational hub of Western Odisha. He appreciated the efforts of OSOU in taking education to the doorsteps of the unreached. He advised the University to launch programs on Skill Development and employability of people at the grass-root and announced that Western Odisha Development Council will be happy to collaborate with OSOU for the benefit of those who are deprived of higher education by encouraging among others designing and delivery of skill development and capacity building programmes. He also expressed his delight over the success of the Open and Distance Learning system especially the pivotal role it plays in the current pandemic.
Prof. E Vayunandan,elaborated the importance of ODL. His speech was a comprehensive narration on the theme of “Historic and Futuristic ODL Learning”. He talked about the nascence of ODL and how it is helping the learners in acquiring knowledge, cutting across disciple, age, experience, and geographical barriers. He also put light on the importance of ODL as mentioned in National Education Policy 2020thatcalls for the integration of technology for effective delivery of education in its complete form. He emphasized on the multi-mode learning process, alongside Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs) and open educational Resources (OER).
The function was marked by the signing of three Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for academic collaborations between OSOU and three pioneer educational institutions of India, namely,the YashwantraoChavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik; Netaji Subhas Open University, West Bengal; and Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.
Shri.NaliniRanjanSarangi, Comptroller of Finance, OSOU, offered a formal vote of thanks.