Dr. Manas Ranjan Patra
Head, Computer Science
In the year 1986, Berhampur University offered the one year P.G. Diploma in Computer Applications as a sponsored programme of the Department of Electronics (DOE), Government of India. It was a majorinitiative taken by DOE to popularize computer educationacross the country. Later, in the year 1991 the three years Master in Computer Application programme was introduced with the joint sponsorship of UGC and DOE. Subsequently, in the year 1994 the Department of Computer Science was established as an independent department in the University. Since then the Department has played a very important role in imparting Computer education in the state of Odisha in general, and South Odisha in particular. It has produced many computer professionals who have established themselves in the field of education, research and IT industry both within India and abroad. In the year 2006, the Department widened its scope by introducingthe two yearsM.Tech. programme in Computer Science under self-financing mode.In all these years, the unrelenting services of the qualified and dedicated teachers and professionally motivated students have been the strength of the department in imparting quality education. Besides teaching the faculty members are also engaged in research activities in different frontier areas of computer science,and in interdisciplinary areas. About 25 students have received their Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the department in different areas of computer science.In order to inculcate a sound academic ambience the Department regularly organizes seminars, workshops, and invited talks. The students of the Department are also involved in different outreach activities to popularize computer education among the school and college students who are underprivileged to have access to technology and recent developments in ICT.In order to equip the non-computer science students of the University, the Department has introduced an Add-on Course on Computer Applications for Development Professionals in collaboration with NIRD & PR, Hyderabad.