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Dr. Sushama Panigrahi, the first Odia woman scientist worked in ISRO passed away

 Ahmedabad:19/5/20:  Dr. Sushama Panigrahi, the first Odia woman scientist to have worked in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), passed away at Ahmedabad on Sunday. She was 67 and was suffering from cancer.

Born on October 17, 1952, at Aska in Ganjam district, Dr. Panigrahi completed her Masters in Botany from the Berhampur University in 1974 and did her Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur in 1982. She joined the ISRO, Ahmedabad in 1983 as a scientist and retired from service as Principal Scientist in October 2012. She is widely acknowledged for her contribution to the study of remote sensing having direct relevance in the areas of disaster management, cyclone, and flood and crop management.

Dr. Panigrahi worked in the field of remote sensing having direct relevance in the areas of disaster management, cyclone, flood and crop management. Her husband, Dr. Manav Chakrabarty is a nuclear scientist who also worked in ISRO for many years. She has left behind her husband and son Sudeep Chakrabarty who is an engineer. Eminent educationist and Vice-Chancellor of SOA University, Prof Ashok Mohapatra is the brother-in-law of Panigrahi.

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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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