Dhenkanal: Dattatreya Nayak received this year’s prestigious Dr. Radhanath Rath Fellowship award while Anamika Bahuguna bagged the Satya Mohapatra Fellowship Award here at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal. The awards were given by senior media academician Dr. Subir Ghosh in an event organized here on the campus.
The above-mentioned fellowships are awarded to the meritorious students of IIMC’s Odia Journalism and English Journalism respectively. Both the awards carry certificates and Rs 10,000 each in cash.
Dr. Radhanath Rath award was instituted in 2002 by Professor Nilakantha Rath, son of Radhanath Rath, the legendary editor of Samaja. Bramhagiri boy Dattatreya received this year’s award for securing highest marks in Odia Journalism course in the academic year 2018-19. Similarly, Dehradun lass Anamika Bahuguna scored the highest marks in English Journalism to bag the Satya Mohapatra Award. Satya Mahapatra Fellowship was instituted by the daughters of the eminent journalist in 2016. Satya Mahapatra was Editor of Odia daily Dinalipi and an erudite author.
Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee explained the idea behind the institution of fellowships and their importance in promoting edification. Mentioning the timeless imprint of Dr. Radhanath Rath, former Editor of Samaja newspaper in Odia journalistic history, he said, “Founded by Gopabandhu Das, Samaja, in its heyday, became synonymous with newspaper due to the efforts of Radhanath Rath. So, when his son Dr. Nilakantha Rath wanted to start a fellowship in the legend’s memory here, we welcomed him and the fellowship started in the year 2002-03.” Hailing Dinalipi newspaper as a well-edited print medium, Prof Chatterjee stated, “Anyone who compares different newspapers will discern how nicely Dinalipi was edited when Satya Mohapatra was at its helm. It was also the newspaper to break several important stories, which forced its competitors to follow suit. This eponymous fellowship will be a remembrance of Satya Mohapatra’s brilliance.” He encouraged students to follow in illustrious footsteps of the two lettered men.