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Manjulata Panda first visually impaired woman earnedPhD

Hirakud:4/12/17;Manjulata Panda, a visually impaired woman, is currently posted as a lecturer of Political Science in Hirakud College. She earned her PhD in her doctoral thesis, which was related to blind persons in government and private sectors, guided by Asha Hansa and Smita Nayak in 2016. With her achievement, it is now proved that no physical disabilities could pose as hindrance before dedication, hard labour and determination.

Born to Hirakud Rerolling Assistant Manager Sanat Panda and mother Kamala Panda, Majulata had lost her vision since her birth. However, her parents had never neglected her in providing better education. She was studying in a blind school.

The 38-year old Majulata struggled a lot and fought both in academics and job career. She had qualified in the written examination of state civil services conducted by the OPSC in 2013. Although, she was the only deserving candidate in reserved category for one post, she was deprived to get the job as the post was made unreserved subsequently. Challenging the OPSC decision, she moved the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT), which is yet to pronounce its judgment in the case.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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