Vigilance Awareness Week Observed at IIT Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: IIT Bhubaneswar observed Vigilance Awareness Week 2021, a week long programme starting from 26th October to 01st November 2021 with the theme “Independent India @ 75: Self Reliance with Integrity – स्वतंत्र भारत @ 75: सत्यनिष्ठा से आत्मनिर्भरता” as mandated by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). On 26th Oct, 2021, a pledge taking ceremony was organized at the Admin Building. A program was organized at the Community Centre of IIT Bhubaneswar on 1st Nov, 2021. The chief guest of the event was Shri. R. Manga Babu, Chief Commissioner, CGST & Customs, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The event was presided by Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. R. V. Raja Kumar reiterated that IIT system is known for its transparency and ethical standards, while contributing to the nation building. He reminded about the clarion call made by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for the creation of “Aatma Nirbhar Bharat” wherein we have all engaged ourselves in our own ways for achieving self-sufficiency by the integrity model. He mentioned that it is very essential to have full clarity in mind about the objectives needed for making an organization successful in the best possible time frame and functioning with the highest level of integrity and honesty, without which a goal cannot be achieved in a given time frame. He reiterated that when we work selflessly and with integrity, outcome becomes more satisfying when it is done in the direction of achieving something, fulfilling our duties or offering a service. He urged the faculty, staff and research scholars to incorporate integrity, honesty and sincerity as a part of their daily routine for creation of an enlightened society and thereby paving the path for a corruption free society.

Speaking further, he also made a proud mention that the despite the pandemic, the Institute did not close for a single day, worked tirelessly 7x towards protecting and vaccinating the entire fraternity, allowing the students to stay in the campus, successfully conducting the examinations, carrying out hands on practice in the laboratory including performance evaluation, conduct of physical classes for the first time by any IIT, by offering academics in truly uncompromised manner. He also appraised the house about 70 % of the students currently staying inside the campus and also about bringing back the remaining students to the campus. He urged the faculty and staff members to represent the nation by gearing up for new challenges.

Shri R. Manga Babu, Chief Guest on the occasion mentioned about IIT Bhubaneswar being an ideal example of “Self Reliance with integrity” and complimented the charismatic leadership of Prof. R.V, Raja Kumar for making the Institute role model among its peer Institutions. He in his address provided a detailed insight into the theme of Self Reliance with Integrity and reiterated on the need to have preventive measures in place for fighting corruption at all levels and thereby instilling transparency and accountability in the overall functioning. He emphasized on the need for preventive Vigilance by incorporating the integrity model for creation of a vigilant organization. He also explained in detail about the importance of ethics in an organization and urged the employees to make integrity a part of their daily lives by being vigilant to fight corruption and contributing to the nation.

Also present at the occasion were Prof. P.R. Sahu, Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO), Shri Debaraj Rath, Registrar along with active participation by faculty, staff members and students. The meeting ended with vote of thanks.