Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday called upon the Odia alumni across the globe to be a collaborative force in rebuilding their own Institutions in their motherland under the ‘Mo College’ campaign.
Riding on the success of ‘Mo School’ campaign, the State Government went a step further to connect global Odia alumni to their alma maters in Odisha.
The campaign aims at making the higher education eco-system more organic and innovative.
Rolling out the campaign, Patnaik said that the state government has been taking steps to enhance the structure and functioning of higher education.
“Never the less, the personal contribution of the alumni will have a magical touch to it,” he added.
The Chief Minister believed that campaign would bring similar response for higher education Institutions as that of the ‘Mo School’.
welcoming the odia diaspora round the globe and alumni of different colleges, who were connected through live streams, the Chief Minister said that, this campaign is an emotionally invested platform reconnecting the Odia Alumni.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than going back to the treasured memories of our college days,” Patnaik added .
He further said that the campaign is not limited only to the alumni.
“Non- alumni philanthropists, charitable organizations, group of persons and institutions can also be part of this initiative,” he added.
Saying that the Mission strives for a healthy learning atmosphere, Patnaik underlined that it is grounded on the principles of nation-building, promoting creativity, skill development and nurturing team work, thereby making the Colleges and Universities an innovative and exciting place to study.
“We all should realize the joy of giving back to our respective Alma Maters, where we enjoyed the most vibrant period of our youth, and shaped our future.
Speaking on the occasion Higher education Minister Arun Sahu described this campaign as a unique experiment of our chief minister to reconnect the alumni for development of their institutions .
.He further said that the contribution of State’s schools and colleges are enormous in our life .
“So this is the right platform to be a part of the development of the alma mater,” he added.
Akash Das Nayak gave a detail account about the campaign and it’s future course of action.
Among others Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra also spoke on the occasion .
As many as 755 government colleges and universities, including technical and professional institutions , are included in the campaign .
A state level governing body and various committes have been set up for smooth functioning of the campaign.
.A corpus fund has also been constituted by the state govt to support the movement .
Luminaries from various walks of life, including public representatives, litterateurs , scientists, educationists, artists also graced the ceremony.
Odia Diaspora around the globe also participated in the function through social media live streams