Former Professor of Geography, Utkal University. ​
Prof Panda has been the UGC Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow, ICSSR. ​
He was also Visiting Fellow of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine of Liverpool University on the British Council Fellowship and visiting faculty to Minnesota State University. ​
He has won many prestigious prizes and received many honours for outstanding research in the field of environment. ​
He has worked for many national and international agencies like WHO, UNDP, DFID and public sector organisations like Odisha State Pollution Control Board and Odisha State Disaster Management Authority. ​
He has done noteworthy research and consultancy for Population Research Center, National Health Mission and population Survey the governments of Odisha and India. ​