From: L M Patnaik
Subject: Message for the OSA Convention

Message from the General Chair, ICIT'98

The Orissa Information Technology Society intends organising an International Conference on Information Technology'98 in Bhubaneshwar during 21-23 December'98. Though several Information Technology related Conferences are organised in India every year, it was felt that organisation of such a Conference in Bhubaneswar will accelerate the growth of the academic, research, and development activities in the IT sector in Orissa. Such a Conference will bring together leaders from the academic, research, and industry sectors and create an environment for healthy professional interaction among the attendees of the Conference. It is hoped that young IT professionals of Orissa, particularly the students and the future IT leaders of Orissa, will be immensely benefitted through such an interaction. For the overall growth of IT sector, the organisers of the Conference feel that such an activity will act as a catalyst. Moreover, the Conference will attempt to bring together on a common platform leaders having links with Orissa who have distinguished themselves in their individual sphere of specialisation in the broad discipline of Information Technology. Needless to mention that IT as a discipline needs to be vigorously nurtured with the zeal of mission in Orissa.

With these broad objectives, a group of enthusiastic Oriya IT professionals have taken steps to establish the Orissa Information Technology Society, with its founder President as Prof. Siba Prasad Misra, an outstanding Mathematician and Physicst, dedicated to the growth of Science in general and IT in particular, in Orissa.

It has been my fortune and privelege to convince a group of dedicated committee members who have been doing an excelled job in helping me to put together this exciting Conference. The pleasure has been mine in working with them. May I request the global Oriya community in general and the OSA convention attendees in particular, to give wide publicity to this event, participate and contribute to the growth of this significant activity in Orissa?

My warmest personal greetings and regards to you all. Wish you all an exciting time and fun at the OSA Convention.

Hope to see you in large numbers at the ICIT 98 Conference in Bhubaneswar.


Lalit M Patnaik
General Chair, ICIT'98