5 Students From Odisha’s Keonjhar To Pursue Higher Studies At Curtin University in Australia

Bhubaneswar: As part of its commitment to promote education, Odisha’s Keonjhar district administration has extended support to 5 students to pursue higher studies at prestigious Curtin University in Australia.

The five students from the Government College of Engineering (GCE), Keonjhar, have completed BTech in mining engineering. They are Minarbha Sahoo, Advik Kumar, Aquib Ahmed, Gitish Sekhar Nayak, and Saroj Kumar Biswakarma.

They will be pursuing their Master of Professional Engineering in Mining at the Curtin University, specifically at the West Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy, and Chemical Engineering (WASM: MECE), affiliated with the university.

The district administration will cover all expenses, including travel and living costs, through the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund. This is for the first time that such initiative has been taken by a district with a global university.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in an interaction with the students at Naveen Niwas in Bhubaneswar, expressed his delight and offered his best wishes to them. He encouraged them to study hard and passionately pursue their career goals.

Curtin University is a globally acclaimed centre of academic excellence, having strong industry connections, high-impact research, and innovative course offerings. It has consistently ranked second in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for Mineral and Mining Engineering for seven consecutive years.

The partnership between the Keonjhar district administration and the West Australian School of Mines: Minerals, Energy, and Chemical Engineering is a strategic move aimed at nurturing local talent and preparing them for leadership roles in the mining industry.

As part of the 5T Initiative, the district administration is focusing on transformation in education as well as in other sectors. “The collaboration with Western Australia School of Mines, Curtin University, Australia has opened up the best in the world educational opportunity for the students from Keonjhar. This will inspire other students to focus and build a better career in future,” said Ashish Thakare, Keonjhar collector.

During the interaction with the chief minister, VK Pandian, 5T secretary and Thakare were present.

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