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Prof. Karanam Umamaheshwar Rao takes charge as New Director of NIT Rourkela

:- The newly appointed Director aims to improve research and innovation in the Institute to make NIT Rourkela a campus of first choice


Rourkela: Professor K. Umamheshwar Rao has assumed office as the new Director of NIT Rourkela on 18th February 2022.  He will be succeeding Prof. Simanchalo Panigrahi, who was appointed as the interim director in October 2021.

Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao was previously serving as the Director of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), also known as NIT Surathkal. Before joining here, he was a faculty for almost three decades at IIT Kharagpur. Some of his important portfolios include Chairman (Estate), and Vice Chairman of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). He was also the Head of the Mining Engineering Department during 2006-08 and 2010-14.

Highlighting his priorities for the Institute, Prof. K. Umamaheshwar Rao, Director, NIT Rourkela, said, “NIT Rourkela is a pride entity of Orissa. The Institute’s rank in the NIRF Ranking matters today. Time has come to redefine our objectives and work towards them with determination, required skills, and strategies having foresight vision for the exponential growth of the Institute. Our accomplishment towards the goal starts now.” He further added, “The expectations of the industry from the students are to have the 21st century skills and sufficient knowledge in the niche areas like Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big data analysis, 3D printing and additive technology in manufacturing. It is the time for the creation of Career Development Centre instead of Training and Placement Cell, whose objective is to create opportunities for students to upgrade their career skills, soft skills and technical skills.”

The newly appointed Director aims to improve research and innovation infrastructure with the help of faculty and students to make NIT Rourkela a campus of first choice. He would also work towards increasing multidisciplinary quotient in curriculum with special emphasis given to environmental and value-based education.

Congratulating his successor, Prof. Simanchalo Panigrahi, the outgoing Interim Director of NIT Rourkela, said, “NIT Rourkela is founded in the rich land of Ratnabhava (land rich in resources). Our state shares a major part of the country's mineral reserves. Mining being the primary profession here, the new Director is not only an asset to the Institute but also to the state.”

In previous year, NIT Rourkela has added four new Centre of research which includes Centre for Poverty Alleviation and Research, Centre for Excellence on Public Health Nutrition, Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CBCB) and Space Technology Incubation Centre and now the Institute will soon have a Centre for IoT and Embedded Technologies (CIET).


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