Bhubaneswar:The state-of-the-art auditorium in XIM University Bhubaneswar was inaugurated by the Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday Harirajpur Campus.
The occasion was also graced by education miniater Rohit Pujari, Pipili MLA Rudra Pratap Maharathy, CM’s chief advisor R. Balakrishnan, reverend John Barwa, SVD, Archbishop of Cuttack – Bhubaneswar, Archdiocese, and members of the Board of the University.
Fr. Antony R. Uvari, vice chancellor, XIM University in his welcome address stated that this beautiful 3000 seating capacity auditorium along with a 450-capacity lecture hall and 4 numbers of 150 capacity video conferencing halls was yet another milestone in the life of XIM University. The iconic structure comprises of all modern facilities and technology. The colossal auditorium is one of its kind in the state and is acknowledged as both an architectural and engineering marvel. This fully air-conditioned auditorium has one of the best acoustics to cater to the needs. Designed as an octagonal structure the auditorium connects different level with ramps and staircases with multiple entry and exits for ease of movement of 3000 people integrating public convenience facilities and safety as well.
The faculty, staff and students at the University participated in the inaugural ceremony with great zeal & enthusiasm. It was indeed a moment of pride for the University, its fraternity, and the state as Odisha is an emerging knowledge hub for the young generation of the country having world class infrastructure and facilities for learning and all-round development.
Rohit Pujari acknowledged the remarkable journey of Higher Education in Odisha and the role of the Xavier fraternity towards the same by mentioning,
“We under the dynamic leadership of our CM Naveen Patnaik are working towards turning Bhubaneswar into the Education hub of India through many great steps like Skill in Odisha and 5T Transformational Program while the biggest epitome of higher education in Odisha is Xavier’s journey from XIMB in Chandrasekharpur to the new campus of XIM University to the inauguration of the Colossal Auditorium.”
R Balakrishnan applauded XIM University and the team behind the conceptualization of the State-of-the-Art Auditorium.
Rudra Pratap Maharathy in his speech mentioned about the importance that the Honorable chief minister accords to education in the state and how under his able leadership the state has set a benchmark for other states to follow. He also spoke about his seven years of association with XIM University wherein he horned his skills of discipline, good management practices and praised the quality of education being imparted to students.
The Archbishop, John Barwa, SVD in his speech thanked both the Jesuit society and the Odisha government for their support in promoting higher education. He said
“Our State is becoming no. 1 in India in terms of higher education through the dedication and commitment of our Jesuit Brethren and liberal assistance of chief minister Naveen Patnaik”
The inaugural ceremony ended with the vote by thanks by Fr. S. Antony Raj, Registrar, XIM University,also spoke on the occasion.