Paradip: Dr Satyananda Panda Memorial Trust, formed in the name of the noted educationist, social worker and writer of Jagatsinghpur district awarded scholarship to 5 meritorious students. On the occasion Dr Panda’s first death anniversary observed at his native village Jhimani under Kujanga Block of the district on January 24, 2019, the students were awarded scholarships.
Mayadhar Das, former headmaster of Janata Bidyapitha, established by Dr Panda, incumbent headmistress of the school Kalpana Das, Dr Banaprabha Parida, Principal of Narayan Birabar Samanta College, Radharani Tripathy, sister of Dr Panda awarded the scholarship.
Besides staff and students of the institutions, faculties of many nearby institutes and other dignitaries offered their homage to Dr Panda.
Pitambari Lenka, plus two second year from Arts stream and Biswajit Baral, from second year commerce stream of Narayana Birabara Samanta Mahabidyalaya and Sambit Swain and Rojina Swain both from matric batch of 2018 from Janata Bidyapitha Jhimani were awarded the scholarships, which is given to meritorious but economically deprived students.
Earlier 2017 matric topper of Janata Bidyapitha Santoh Puhan had received the first scholarship of the trust during golden jubilee celebration of the school in April 2018, was also felicitated on the occasion.
Besides the trust authorities also informed the gathering about the upcoming launch of the book on socio-cultural history of Pradeep region which Dr Panda had written before his untimely demise on January 5, 2018.
Dr. Panda, the second PhD holder of the state in Anthropology, had given up his career as a university teacher and worked with the displaced, land losers, in the industrial belt of Paradip and was associated with many such organisations. A gifted scholar he had edited more than 10 magazines, and written articles in many journals and one book on Paradip. He has also established one school and college in his village Jhimani. The trust will work to carry forward his legacy.