DR SATYANANDA PANDA MEMORIAL TRUST
Dr Satyananda Memorial Trust was established with the aim to carry forward the legacy of Dr Satyananda Panda (1931-2018), noted educationist, social activist, philanthropist and writer from Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha.The trust works in the field of education, community services, cultural integration, academic research, environment protection, etc, issues that were close to the heart of late Dr Panda, with a focus on supporting meritorious economically backward students.
After his post-graduation he joined as a Senior Technical Assistant in the Anthropological Survey of India for a brief period. Then he left the job and joined as a research scholar in the department of Anthropology of Utkal University from where he obtained his Ph.d in 1966, the second scholar to get a PhD in anthropology from the department.
Along with supporting educational institutes he was also involved in community service and philanthropic activities. He was part of the relief operation committee under the guidance of noted journalist late Dr. Radhanath Rath and late Maa Ramadevi in various welfare programmes for the 1971 cyclone-affected people of Odisha.
Besides, he was also engaged in the study of the environmental hazards because of the industrial activities and the destruction of the mangroves at the sea-coast of Paradip. As a close associate of late Bankabihari Das, former minister and eminent environmentalist, he was part of the movement for protection of the environment in coastal Odisha.
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF DR SATYANANADA PANDA !
Dr. Satyananda Panda was born on July 30, 1931 in the village, Jhimani under Kujanga Block, in the then undivided Cuttack district to Soshila Debi and Udayanatha Panda. He graduated in Geography (Hons.) from Ravenshaw College, now a leading University of Odisha, completed his Post Graduation in Anthropology from the Lucknow University, Uttar Pradesh. After obtaining PhD in Anthropology from Utkal University had a brief stint with Anthropological Survey of India. He also taught in Sociology Department of Kendrapara College and Anthropology Department of Utkal University. Then he gave up his job and spent rest of his life in his village in the service of people by setting up educational institutes, being associated with many organisations of farmer, youth, worker , championing the cause of environment while still pursuing his academic interests.
A writer and Ardent Lover of Academics
He took a lot of interest in the traditional history of the coastal belt of Odisha. Because of his versatility and scholarly achievements, he was invited by the Port Trust Authority to contribute a paper on the ancient history of Paradeep in 2004 which latter took the form of a book – Paradeep in Past and Present which was highly appreciated by the scholars, academicians.
MISSION & VISION
Formally declared on April 27, 2018, on the opening day of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Janata Bidyapitha, Jhimani, dignitaries including Dr Damodar Rout, Hon’ble MLA, Paradip and former minister, Dr Kulamani Samal, Hon’ble MP, Jagatsinghpur, awarded the trust’s first scholarship to Shri Santos Puhan, 2017 batch matric topper of the school.
Formed with the support of family and well-wishers of late Dr Panda, the trust commits itself to carry forward his legacy.
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