After completing a degree programmein Electrical Engineering and Business Management, Mr. Sanjib Kumar Rout knew he had to do something different. Driven by an urge and passion to impart high-quality technical education, he set out on a transformative journey and set up an industrial training-cum-production centre in the temple city of Bhubaneswar.
Soon, he established two more technical institutes – a polytechnic institute anda degree-level engineering college. For seamless management, he clubbed all the institutesunder the banner of C.V.Raman Group of Institutions (CVRGI). The Government’s new Education Policyimplemented in the year1996-97 gave him the much-needed impetus to drive his endeavours.
A true visionary, he has made significant contributions to propel socio-educational growth with his unique pedagogy and leadership. In just two decades, CVRGI has become a vehicle of educational reform driving change and improving lives through the diversity of thought.
C. V. Raman College of Engineering (CVRCE), the flagship institution of CVRGI and the pride of Odisha, now has an iconic win to its credit. Winning the first Gold Medal for Indiainthe Water Technology category at the WorldSkills competition in Russia, it has reiterated its position as an undisputed leader in building the future of skills through training and innovation.
CVRCE has been renamed as C.V. Raman Global University, Odisha (CGU, Odisha) after it acquired the status of a university.This achievement reflects the relentless efforts of its President and his perennial pursuit of putting CGU on the global map of education. While CGU charts its course to become the most sought-after global university, he continues to reset the goals to help the younger generation set sail towards a bright and promising future.
At the very outset of her career, she joined the Medical Relief Society of South Kanara (Regd.) (Manipal Education and Medical Group) as a Finance Executive. She was one of the pioneering members of the establishment of the medical campus at Pokhra, Nepal. With a penchant for education and a commitment to making a difference through academic excellence, she became the Director of Finance of the C. V. Raman Group of Institutions in 1997. She joined the SSEPL as the Managing Director in 2000. She is also one of the key members involved in conducting various skill training programmes under different schemes offered bythe Government of Odisha and the Government of India.
She has M.Com., AICWA,PGDM and LLB degrees to her credit. Her professional journey is truly inspiring and continues to enrich the CGU experience.
Prof.Dr.Sudhindra Nath Panda, a renowned academician, plays a pivotal role in shapingthe country’s technical education, research and continuing education programmes. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineeringfrom OUAT, Bhubaneswar along with an M.Tech. and Ph.D.in Soil & Water Engineering fromPAU, Ludhiana.
For more than four decades now, he has been serving as a catalyst of change in PAU Ludhiana, OUAT Bhubaneswar, IIT Kharagpur, NITTTR Chennai, and SRM University-AP enhancing the quality of education and the efficacy of institutional activities there. He has held various leadership positions in his luminous career and devoted 26 years to IIT Kharagpur handling diverse roles.
Prof. Panda has alsobeen a Visiting Professor at the Division of Climatology and Water Resources, Arid Land Research Centre, Tottori University, Japan and at the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan.
Now as the Vice-chancellor of CGU, Odisha, he plays an active role in empowering the young leaders of the future with competence and excellence. He has redefined the QIP of technical teachers of our country as the National Coordinator for SWAYAM (Teachers Training) and the Coordinator at AICTE: National Initiative for Training of Technical Teachers for developing quality MOOCs in engineering education/pedagogy. He has been instrumental in enhancing the competency of technical teachers acrossIndia. Prof. Panda promoted the International Training Programme,organised under the India Technical Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, that saw the active participation of 110 developing countries in the world.
Prof. Panda has received global recognition for his research quality and standards in the field of Systems Approach for Integrated Land and Water Resources Planning and Management, and Rainwater Conservation and Reuse for Climate Resilient Rainfed Agriculture. He has spearheaded ten nationally and seven internationally sponsored research projects of inter- and intra-institutional naturecomprising multi-disciplinary scientific groups from India and abroad. These projects paved the path for the exchange of faculty members and students for collaborative research between Indian institutesandcountries like Germany, Japan and Canada.
Prof. Panda is the Principal- and Co-consultant for 15 consultancy projects across the country.Under outreach activities,he has implemented the research outcomes in transforming the livelihood of rainfed farmers of several districts in West Bengal with the support of an NGO.
Prof. Panda has edited one book (CRC Press) and a workshop proceeding, written four research bulletins, and published six book chapters, 100 referred national/international journal papers and 76 conference proceedings.He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE), Institution of Engineers (India), and Indian Water Resources Society, Visiting International Fellow of ASCE, and Life Member/Member of various national and international societies/organisations of stellar repute.
Prof. Panda is the proud recipient of various national and international awards, honours, medals, and fellowships such as the Commendation Medal for outstanding contribution in the field of Soil and Water Engineering, ISAE, Shankar Memorial Award for excellent research in the field of Soil and Water Engineering, ISAE,the Jawahar Lal NehruAward for outstanding Ph. D. research contribution in the field of Soil Science, Natural Resource Management and Agronomy (Water Management), ICAR, and Research Associateship of CSIR for his research contributions on ‘Integrated Land and Water Resources Planning and Management’.
Under International Academic Research Visits with Fellowships/Collaborative Project Grants, Prof. Panda has undertaken 18 short-term visits to Canada, Japan, Germany, the USA, Australia, The Netherlands, the Philippinesand Sri Lanka. These involved different roles and endeavours such as a collaborative Researcher [SICI, INSA-JSPS,DST-DAAD, DAAD, VW Foundation, NSA-DFG (Germany)], Australia-India Strategic Research, Collaborative Research Scientist (IRRI), Explorative Research Visit (Sri Lanka), and Visiting International Fellow (USA).He has also delivered 18 lectures at various foreign universities and institutions including those in Germany, Japan and Canada.
Prof. Panda has guided 12 Ph.D. and 57 M. Tech. students of IIT, Kharagpur, out of which one Ph. D. scholar has received the Jawahar Lal NehruAward in the field of Rainwater Management from ICAR while two M. Tech. students received their best thesis award from INAE and ISTE. He was instrumental in signing the MOU between IIT Kharagpur with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany, and Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany.
He has served as the Chairperson of the NAAC Team, Technical Director (Soil & Water Engineering) of ISAE; Editorial Board Member; Adviser of the National-Level Selection Committee of ASRB, e-course Developer, Organiser of the Bilateral Indo-USA Engagement Conference and National Workshop; Member of the UGC/AICTE team, International Consortium Group of IWMI, Member of the Award Committee of NAAS,Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of CGWB and as a Member of the Research Centre/Board of Studies/Academic Council/Executive Council/Executive Committee/BoG of various universities and institutions in the country.
A Chartered Accountant with more than 4 decades of experience and a Sr. Partner at SRB & Associates, Sarat Chandra comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in handling Statutory Audits, Internal Audits, Tax & Project Consultancy of several Govt. Companies, Joint Sector Companies and banks.
He has served as a Central Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
As the Chairmanof the Committee on Ethical Standards & Unjustified Removal of Auditors, Vice Chairmanof the ICAI-Accounting Research Foundation, Member of the Professional Development Committee, Member of the Committee on Electoral Reforms, Member of the Board of Studies, Member of the Examination Committee, Member of the Expert Advisory Committee and Member of the Prospective Planning Committee, he hasheld successive leadership roles in different standing and non-standing Committees at ICAI.
He has also been a key member of the Managing Committee of Cuttack – Bhubaneswar (All Orissa) Branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in strategic leadership positions for nine years.
He has served as the Director of Bhubaneswar Stock Exchange Association Ltd. for three terms (nominated by SEBI).
He also served as the Secretary atthe Regional College of Management, one of the most prestigiousinstitutes in the state imparting quality education in Management.
Other roles include the Convenor of Finance and Taxation Panel of the Confederation of Indian Industry for the state of Orissa and the President of All Orissa Blind Association.