Bhubaneswar: Prof L K Mohapatra(90) who was one of the distinguished scholars of Odisha, passed away at around 8 am, Today. His wife Kiranprava predeceased him; she died in October 2019. He is survived by daughter Sheela & son Sujit, founder of Bakul Foundation.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep grief. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described Dr Mahapatra as an erudite scholar of great repute. “Prof Mohapatra will be remembered for his immense contribution to the field of anthropology and sociology,” Patnaik said. Also, the Chief Minister conveyed his deep sympathies to the bereaved family.
Prof Mohapatra served as Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University in 1986 and served in the same post at Sambalpur University from 1889-90. In 1990, Prof Mohapatra joined as director of Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar, a Research Centre of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) with the State Government. He then served as the director of the centre from 2003-06.