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IITTM Bhubaneswar hosts the World Tourism Awards event

Bhubaneswar:5/11/22:IITTM Bhubaneswar celebrated the World Tourism Awards 2022 ceremony today, i.e. 5th November 2022 in an exclusive ceremony at the institute premises. The annual World Tourism Awards launched by IITTM Bhubaneswar provides an opportunity to showcase and promote, encourage and reward tourism excellence. It also recognizes outstanding contributions in different areas to the community and society. Contributions emphasize the awardee’s concern for the common good, willingness to give time and comfort, and the ability to draw together varied resources to solve problems, rather than only technical competence.

The Nodal Officer, Dr. Md. Sabir Hussain extended the welcome address and gave an insightful address on “Rethinking Tourism”, the theme for world Tourism Day 2022. The Chief Guest, Prof. (Dr.) Byomakesh Tripathy, Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar lauded the efforts of the institute to recognize excellence and elaborated on the significance of a multifaceted approach to inclusiveness in post-covid tourism. The Guest of Honour, Prof. Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty, Dean, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar emphasized the need for creativity in tapping the tourism potential of Odisha. Event Coordinator, Dr. Adyasha Das elaborated upon the genesis of the awards and several new initiatives taken up by IITTM.

The awardees in different fields were:


Award Name of the Person
Field of Tourism Shri Yugabrata Kar

Founder and Director, Heritage Tours, Odisha

Field of Culture and Heritage Ms. Nidhi Bansal

Co-founder India City Walks™.

Field of Social Services Sri Lalit Mohan Panda

State Level Eco tour Guide

Secretary Snake Helpline Team

ALUMNI Achievers


a)    Shri Rabi Ratna Senapati

General Manager at Brahmaputra Tours

Associate director South India for rainbow trade fairs tours

b)    Shri Padmabhusan Karmee

National Manager – Auto Vertical/ General Manager North India at Noatum Logistics India Pvt Ltd Delhi

Field of Staff Allied Work Mrs. Sandhya Samal

Programme Assistant-IITTM

Field of In-house work Shri Baikuntha Bhatta


Dr. B. Swajan, Assistant Professor conducted the programme and gave the Vote of Thanks.

About Editor in chief

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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