Bhubaneswar: April 11:Prof.(Dr) Sudhakar Panda former HOD, Applied and Analytical Economics, Utkal University and former Chairman, State Finance Commission has joined as the first Vice Chancellor of Birla Global University,Bhubaneswar. In his maiden address to faculties and staffs of the University, Prof. Panda said Birla Global University is a young University but it has very strong foundation backed by Birla Group. Thus, it is well positioned to be a global leader in the field of education. Also he stressed on the importance of developing critical thinking among students and advised faculty members to be pioneers in teaching and research. Speaking on the occasion Dr. B.K.Das, Registrar, Birla Global University said, that the appointment of Prof. Panda as the new Vice Chancellor, would help the University scale greater heights in the field of education. Dr. P.Nayak, Director, BIMTECH, Bhubaneswar remarked that, under the able leadership of Prof. Panda Birla Global University will be able to create a niche for itself in the field of higher education. All faculties and staff members congratulated Prof. Panda on his appointment as new Vice Chancellor of the University.