CUTTACK: Eminent scientist and the Associate Director of Research for Material Science and Component Technology, US Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, Dr Bhakta B Rath today called upon students and graduates to foster a culture of invention, innovation, collaboration and creativity to shape the future.
Delivering the commencement speech at the third Convocation of Ravenshaw University here, he said that the future was set to throw up immense challenges driven by societal needs such as alternate energy sources, water and environment, disease, education, counterterrorism and war among others.
“There is a lot of work to be done and that falls on you, the future of the state”.
He said that in the next 25 to 30 years there may be significant inventions and innovations which would script new course for life on the planet. Some of the predicted transformational technologies are computers with cognitive systems to interact with humans using natural language and respond to emotions, embedded miniature computers in the human system to commmunicate and report chemical imbalances in the body and advanced energy storage technologies.
Oceans will be the huge frontier to meet a major chunk of societal needs.
Clean water technologies will be developed to enable faster, energy efficient treatment of fresh water, waste water and desalinisation of sea water for use in domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes.
In vivo devices will monitor drug requirements and provide controlled release, DNA technology will eliminate diseases like diabetes, cancer, haemophillia, etc. And, the students and graduates of today would spearhead such inventions, Dr Rath said.
Chancellor and Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare urged the students to transform the possibilities into opportunities. “Let the books read here, lessons taught, experiments done and researches carried out here be not a repository of dead printed pages and of routine exercises.
Let them be the source of simulation and progress, he said.
Vice-Chancellor Devdas Chotray detailed the strides Ravenshaw University has taken since its commencement in November 2006.
From expanding and improving the physical infrastructure to developing the academic and co-curricular aspects, concerted efforts are being made to elevate the institution to one of the best in the country, he said.
The ceremony witnessed a brief commotion when a student Kabita Santuka tried to go up the stage alleging that she was deprived of the Gold Medal in PG English Literature. The authorities have assured her of examining her case and taking suitable action.
The University conferred Honorary Doctor of Law on n o t e d l awye r Pavani Prameswara Rao, Doctor of Literature on former director of All India Radio, Cuttack, PV Krishnamoorthy, freedom fighter Prof Chittaranjan Das, painters Prafulla Mohanti and Jatin Das and Doctor of Science on Dr Bhakta B Rath this year.
Gold medals and degrees were given away to the passing out students in the UG and PG streams.