NIST Chairman is no more
Friday, the 2nd of June 2017 was a black day in the history of NIST as its Chairman, Shri Surendra Mudali set out for his eternal abode leaving all its members bereft forever. He was 82 when he breathed his last at Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar where he was admitted following a sudden cardiac arrest. His only son Sangram Mudali and daughter-in-law Geetika Mudali along with his grandchildren were present at the time of his demise. His body was taken to NIST Campus in Berhampur where all the members of faculty, staff and students paid their last homage to the departing soul. His last rituals were carried out in his own village Alingi in Cuttack district.
Shri Mudali was an educationist, philanthropist, and a great social worker. Born in 1935, he played an active role in the time of emergency in 1975 for which act of his, he even had to spend a few days in prison. He was the general secretary of Rourkela United Labour Union, president of CITU, Sundargarh and CPIM State committee member. He architected National Institute of Science and Technology, Berhampur which is now among the top 100 colleges in India. He was also the founder of Apex Institute of Technology and Management in Bhubaneswar. As a social entrepreneur he had also established Diganta a school for socially deprived tribal students of Odisha in his own village. With his sudden demise, the state has lost a great social thinker and hero.