Berhampur: The Berhampur University celebrated its 54th foundation day here on Thursday. University Vice-Chancellor Prof Govind J Chakrapani presided over the function.
Eminent Litterateur Pratibha Ray, who was chief guest, was conferred with the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award. Similarly, UNO Assistant General Secretary Satya Sundar Tripathy was coffered with the Distinguished Alumnus Award on the occasion.
As many as 13 students of the university were awarded gold medals by Prof Chakrapani for excelling in different activities. Cash prizes were also given to 19 students. The vote of thanks was offered by Prof Bhagirathi Panigrahi.
Among others, former Brahmapur MLA Dr Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Khallikote Cluster University Vice-Chancellor Prof Amarendra Prasad Mishra, former Brahmapur Development Authority Chairman Subash Maharana, former University VC Prof PC Sahu and Jayanta Mohapatra were present.