Paradip:23/1/22:Meritorious students have been awarded scholarship by Dr. Satyananda Panda Memorial Trust, on the occasion of the fourth death anniversary of Dr panda at Janata Nodal School, established by him in his native village Jhimani under Kujang block of Jagatsighpur district.
Subrat Das, Gayatri Sutar, who have completed matriculation from Janata Nodal School, and Ankita Behera, Annapurna Das, studying in NaryanBirabaraSamant College in Jhimaniwere awarded a scholarship in honour of the loving memory of Dr. Panda, noted educationist, social worker, and writer of Jagatsinghpurdistrict.
Head Master of the school Janaki Ballabha Mohanty, former headmaster of the minor school Chandrakanta Das and other teachers of the school and lecturers Kishore Jena, Susama Mohapatra, B K Sethi and Subash PandaNarayan BirabarSamant College, established under the patronage of Dr. Panda, awarded the students trophy and cheques after paying glowing tribute to the departed soul, the first Ph.D. holder of the state in Anthropology to have done research on fishermen community of Odisha. Besides staff of both the institutions, other dignitaries, members of the Trust Rabin Kar, Prakash Panda, other dignitaries were present on the occasion and paid homage to Dr. Panda. To date 17 economically meritorious students of the area have been given scholarships by the trust.
A life devoted to the cause of the society, Dr. Pandahad gave up his career as a faculty from Utkal University and established and mentored many educational institutes in and around his village, working with the displaced land losers in the industrial belt of Paradip and was associated with many such organizations. A gifted scholar, he had edited more than 10 magazines, written articles in many journals, newspapers and produced two books. His last book History of Paradip depicting the socio-anthropological life of the coastal region around the port city was released after his demise in 2019 by the trust.