- Shantanu Kumar Rana
Berhampur: The new campus of Susila Devi Institute of Health and Technology was inaugurated at Bhabi Narayanpur village, located under Dura Gram Panchayat in the Rangeilunda Block of Ganjam district. The opening ceremony, presided over by Prashant Mahapatra, the institute’s director, featured the presence of Ramesh Chandra Chayu Patnaik, former MLA and state planning board member, and Professor Sachidananda Mohanty, director of medical education and training (DMET) as the chief guest. The institute is set to offer specialized courses, particularly BSc Nursing and BNM.
Among the distinguished guests on the dais were senior businessman Prakash Kumar Patra, institute director Nayan Kumar Sahu, former MLA Simanchal Behera, Vinod Kumar Panda, and Vijay Behera, the representative of Dura village Sarpanch.
Reflecting on the crucial role played by nursing officers during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the guests acknowledged their frontline contributions. The state government’s recognition and felicitation of nursing officers emphasized the growing interest of today’s students in health and technical studies. The reputation of nursing students from Odisha has spread across India, with a Singapore hospital selecting an Odia nursing student through a campus selection process, considering the quality of service.
Post COVID-19 pandemic, the state government is placing increased emphasis on healthcare, aiming to recruit 20,000 nursing officers in the state in the near future. Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, the chief guest, highlighted the ample opportunities for students to study and find employment in the state and abroad, given the presence of 13 medical colleges in Odisha.
Professor Dr. Sachidananda Mohanty, director DMET, expressed optimism about the Institute, stating that it would be a significant advantage for nursing students. The state government’s ongoing recruitment efforts are focused on bringing skilled manpower into the nursing care sector.Anita Kumari Padhi extended the vote of thanks and Jagdish Mahapatra coordinated the program. Madhusmita Parida, principal of Gurukula International Public School, Sai Satnosh Nand, and Sontsini Pradhan, vice principal of Susila Devi Institute of Health and Technology, along with several faculty members attended the programme among others.