Prof. Asoka Kumar Das
Vice-Chairperson, Odisha State Higher Education Council
Former Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University
He is former Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University, and currently the Vice Chairperson of Odisha State Higher Education Council.
He was “Distinguished Scientist” and Head of the Laser and Plasma Technology Division in BARC and a preeminent associate with DRDO, ISRO, HBNI, Mumbai University and the University of Pune.
Prof Das has been on the Advisory Committee of DST, Chairman of Planning Committee for Plasma schools
Chairman of Program advisory committees of SERB, DST and BRNS.
Prof. Atanu Kumar Pati
Executive Member, Odisha State Higher Education Council
Former Vice-Chancellor, G M University
At the present executive member of Department of Higher Education, Government of Odisha and the State Pollution Control Board, Odisha.
An alumnus of BHU and Professor of Bioscience, Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur,
Prof Pati is well-known for his pioneering research in Human Chronobiology and his outstanding contribution to the scientific knowledge of Animal Behavior.
He has been Council Member of the World Federation of Societies of Chronobiology, Japan, and the International Society of Subterranean Biology, Paris [2004-2012].
He has to his credit a bright track record of academic leadership.
Prof Siba Prasad Adhikary
FNAAS, FNEA, FBS
Former Vice-Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University, Balasore, Odisha
He taught Biotechnology as a Professor at Utkal University and Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.
Prof. Adhikari’s research on BGA biofertilizer and organic fertilizers from algae including the extension of technology in rural areas has been lauded in India and abroad.
He was conferred with Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award in Life Sciences by Orissa Bigyan Academy Govt. of Odisha, 1999; UGC Research Award, 1999; Lifetime achievement Award in Phycology by Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology, Chennai, 2012; Prof. Harihar Pattanaik Memorial Award in Environmental Sciences by Orissa Botanical Society, 2012; Dr B.P. Pal National Environmental Fellowship Award for Biodiversity, 2012 by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, and also young Scientist Award of Indian Botanical Society in 1983. Served as the President of Orissa Botanical Society (2016-17) and President of Probir Chatterjee Research Foundation, West Bengal (2010-2018).
Prof. Kamal K. Misra
Former Vice-Chancellor of the Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar.
He was Professor of Anthropology and Dean, School of Social Sciences at the Central University of Hyderabad.
Prof Mishra was Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship in the UK, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the USA, Research Associate at the University of Bergen, Norway.
For his academic distinction, Prof Mishra was the recipient of the Sarat Chandra Roy Memorial Medal by the Asiatic Society, Kolkata.
He assumed many prestigious positions, namely that of Director of National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal, and also the Director, Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata.
He was appointed member of the High-Level Committee to prepare a status report on the Scheduled Tribes of India. He had represented Govt. of India at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, several times.
Prof. Akhil Bihari Ota, IAS (Retd)
Director and Special Secretary SCSTRTI and Odisha State Tribal Museum
Former Vice-Chancellor, North Odisha University
Former Vice-Chancellor of North Orissa University.
Currently, Prof Ota is Director and Special Secretary SCSTRTI and Odisha State Tribal Museum.
He combines the scholarship of academic and administrative acumen of a bureaucrat, for he was a professor as well as an IAS officer.
He has also wide experience of working with UNWFP, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNDP as an Anthropologist and as a Resettlement and Rehabilitation Expert.
Prof. Padmaja Mishra
Former Vice-Chancellor Ramadevi University (first Women’s University of Odisha).
She was a renowned Professor of Economics, Dean of Social Sciences and Director of Women Studies Centre at Utkal University.
Scholar and researcher of outstanding stature in the areas of Public Economics and Development Economics, Prof Mishra was a Commonwealth Scholar University of East Anglia, World Bank-India Fellow at University of Maryland and South Asian Research Fellow of Social Science Research Council, New York.
She has been invited as visiting Professor to Calcutta University, Andhra University, JNU and TERI University, New Delhi.
Prof. Gopal Krishna Panda
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.
Prof. N. Nagaraju
Currently Vice-Chancellor, GM University.
He has had a notable career as a Professor of English at Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Adi Kavi Nannaya University and the Central University of Karnataka, with vast research experience in American Literary Studies, Native American Literature, Cultural Studies of Tribal Literature and Ecology of North East India, and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
Prof. Byomakesh Tripathy
Vice-Chancellor, Utkal University of Culture.
Field Archaeologist by training and a specialist of Indian Culture, Prof Tripathy has risen to eminence as a Professor at Arunachal University, Itanagar, and Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Madhya Pradesh.
Prof. Aparajita Chowdhury
Vice-Chancellor, Rama Devi Women’s University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
She was a Professor of Home Science, Berhampur University, Odisha.
She had won the prestigious Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship at the University of London.
She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Wyoming, ICSSR - NWO Social Science Scholar at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Visiting Professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
She is the first PhD holder in Odisha. Prof Chowdhury was a member of the Juvenile Justice Board, Ganjam district and is now an assessor of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.
Prof. Jatindra Kumar Nayak
Former Professor, Utkal University. Educated at Ravenshaw College and Merton College, Oxford.
Prof Nayak had a brilliant teaching career. His pre-eminence as a translator has been recognized worldwide.
His English translations of classic Odia novels have been published by the University of California Press, Oxford University Press and Penguin books.
He received the KATHA Translation Award and the Hutch-Crossword Book Award in 2004.
He was Visiting Professor at the Department of English Jadavpur University, and the department of English at, the University of Delhi.
A volume titled Critical Discourse in Odia, which he has co-edited will be published by Routledge in November this year.
He was a member of the Tagore Commemoration Committee, Department of Culture, Government of India and Member, Raja Ram Mohun Ray Library Foundation, Government of India in 2013-2016. At present, he is a member of, the English Advisory Board, Sahitya Akademi.
In November 2017, he visited Israel as a member of a delegation of Indian writers. He edits margASIA, a journal devoted to showcasing Asian literature and culture. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Sahitya, an online journal, brought out by the Comparative Literature Association of India.
Prof. Ranjan Bal
Former Professor of Commerce at Utkal University.
Prof Bal has been a prominent alumnus of Ravenshaw College, Utkal University and IIM-Ahmedabad.
He has, to his credit, authorship of 7 books and over 83 articles.
Prof Bal has won the distinction of being the President of the Indian Accounting Association, Member for Formulation of Higher Education Policy of Government of Odisha, NAAC Peer Team and various other such bodies.
He has undertaken academic development projects for economically backward and autistic students. He has also received many awards, including IAA Research Foundation, Kolkata, and has been honoured as the ‘Most Inspiring Personality in Interview Times, 2017.
Prof. Nirmal Chandra Dash
Former Professor, FM University.
Anthropologist by training and a Specialist in Population Studies, Prof. Das has varied experience as an academic and researcher in many institutions of great repute.
He has been the Government of India Fellow of the International Institute for Population Sciences and research associate in projects run by ICSSR, OXFAM, UNDP etc.
Prof. Rajkishor Meher
Former Professor, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS, Bhubaneswar).
An alumnus of JNU, Prof Meher has a bright research career of a large number of research projects, papers and consultancy work, including on for ILO.
Professor Meher has been a Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki and Visiting Fellow, Maison des Sciences de L’Homme (MSH), Paris under the India-French Cultural Exchange Programme.
Prof. Kanchan Acharya
Former Professor, Ravenshaw University. PhD alumnus of IIT, Kharagpur,
Prof Acharya has had a brilliant career as a teacher and researcher at Ravenshaw University and KIIT University.
Prof. Jagannath Lenka
Former Professor of Economics, Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University
Member, Staff Selection Commission, who has made a name for himself in teaching, research and academic administration.
Prof. Sarat Chandra Panigrahi
Former Professor of Philosophy, Utkal University.
Prof Panigrahi is a specialist in Buddhist and Jain Philosophy.
He has been a member of the All Odisha Philosophy Association and the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi.
He has been honoured by the Banaras Hindu University and Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan.
Prof. Smarapriya Mishra
Former Professor of Hindi, Ravenshaw University.
She has carved a niche for herself as a well-known litterateur and critic in Hindi literature and also the author of many textbooks, with many honours accorded to her by cultural and literary bodies from various parts of the country.
Prof. Swarnamayee Tripathy
Former Professor of Public Administration at Utkal University
Prof Tripathy is a specialist in the field of Gender Studies and Development Administration.
She has been an associate of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Institute of Public Policy Studies and Research and Development Research Institute, and has presented research papers at the World Congress in Political Science at Brisbane and Lisbon.
Prof. Namita Mohanty
Former Professor of Psychology at Utkal University.
She has expertise in the field of mental health of young and elderly people.
She has been associated with OXFAM, UNICEF and has been a member of OPSC.
She has also served NCERT as a Subject expert and consultant.
Prof. Bana Bihari Mishra
Former Professor of Education, Mizoram University.
Apart from a distinguished teaching career, he has research expertise in the fields of Teacher Education, Pedagogy of Education, Environmental Education and Human Rights.
Prof Mishra is a life member of the All India Association of Educational Research, the Council of Analytical Tribal Studies and Mizoram Education Foundation.
Prof. Bijoy Kumar Satapathy
Former Professor of Odia at Ravenshaw University.
Well-known teacher and critic in Odia literary studies, Prof Satapathy has also won the distinction of being a member of Odisha Sahitya Academy and Fellow, Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
Prof. Raghunath Panda
Former Professor of Sanskrit and Distinguished Scholar of Sanskrit Literary Studies
Prof Brahmananda Satapathy
Former Professor of Sanskrit and Distinguished Scholar of Sanskrit Literary Studies