50th Honour: Utkal University Confers Doctorate Degree On Achyuta Samanta

 Bhubaneswar: Utkal University has conferred the honorary D Litt degree on KIIT & KISS Founder and Lok Sabha MP from Kandhamal Dr Achyuta Samanta in recognition of his immense contribution to the field of education and social service.

This is the 50th honorary degree conferred on him.

Utkal University, which is also Dr Samanta’s alma mater, presented the honour to him at its 52nd convocation on December 23.

He received the degree from the University Chancellor and Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal in the presence of former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice V Gopala Gowda, Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University Prof. Sabita Acharya and Odisha government’s Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Bishnupada Sethi, among others.

The Governor made a special mention of Dr Samanta and described him as a “leading legend of the convocation”.

Dr Samanta embodies key human attributes such as simplicity, humility, gratitude, courage, perseverance, generosity, equanimity, peace and goodness, said Prof. Ganeshi Lal.

Expressing his deepest gratitude, Dr Samanta said this is an ‘extra special’ honour.

“All are aware of my life dedicated to the service of others. As a recognition of my life, work and accomplishments, I have been conferred many accolades and awards. However, some awards are extra special, like this one. I am elated that Utkal University, my own alma mater, is conferring Honorary D.Litt Degree on me, thereby making it my 50th Honorary Doctorate, the highest for any Indian. I dedicate this award to my hero, my mother, and all her struggles and sacrifice. The Almighty’s blessings and good wishes of the people have helped me reach where I am today. Their wishes continue to give me strength to dream more for the betterment of society,” Dr Samanta said.

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