Friday, July 27, 2007


Founding director of IIIT Bhubaneswar, Prof. Gopal Nayak’s biography from has a biographical article on Prof. Gopal Nayak. Following are some excerpts.

Prof. Nayak is the product of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur was born at Berhampur in Ganjam district to a family of teachers.

An electrical engineer with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IIM Bangalore did his Ph. D from IIT, Kharagpur.

He has done his Ph. D under the guidance of Prof. Damodar Acharya who was the Vice Chancellor of BPUT, Chairman of AICTE and at present the Director of IIT, Kharagpur.

Prof. Nayak has spent a few years on Industry.

He has worked for Nelco in Mumbai in the product development area and for NTPC in the Procurement automation area.

Prof. Nayak has spent about 20 years in academics.

He is one of the founding Professors of Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar.

As the Professor of Information Systems, he was instrumental in transforming XIMB into the most technology intensive campus in India.

XIMBans give credit to him in creating several firsts management education field: a campus network, providing PC to each student, making Internet accessible 24×7 and giving a technology orientation to the curriculum at XIMB.

He held important positions at XIMB such as the Dean (Academics), IT services and Admissions Co-ordinator.

Prof. Nayak’s most notable contribution is development of Academic Information System (AIS) and PAMIS.

The AIS is being used by many top business schools in the country such as XLRI Jamshedpur, IIM Indore, NITIE Mumbai.

PAMIS has been implemented in 314 blocks and 30 DRDAs in Orissa and is one of the most successful e-governance projects in Orissa.

With this background the Government of Orissa has roped in Prof. Nayak for the IIIT.

With a director of such background IIIT Bhubaneswar should also start offering degrees that relate to business and information systems such as MBA and MIS (Master in Information Systems). One may note that some of the IIITs, such as IIITM Gwalior, do offer such degrees.

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