Bhubaneswar: Governor and Chancellor Dr. S. C. Jamir appointed Prof. Dr. Soumendra Mohan Patnaik as Vice-chancellor for Utkal University. Prof. Patnaik will hold the office for a period of three years with effect from the date he assumes office as such or until further orders.
At present Prof. Patnaik is working as Professor of Anthropology, University of Delhi. He has been President of Indian Anthropological Association. He was full bright Neheru Visiting Fellow at Virginia Tech University and has authored 3 books & published more than 33 research publications in National and International Journals.