Goa, September 2023 – In a dazzling evening filled with luminaries from various walks of life, Professor Ananta Kishor Mahapatra was awarded an honorary doctorate in English language and literature by Central Christian University. The captivating convocation ceremony, held on September 9, 2023, in the vibrant city of Goa, witnessed a constellation of distinguished personalities in attendance.
Shri Pramod Sawant, the honourable Chief Minister of Goa, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the night. Among the notable guests were Professor R. C. Kuhod, the former Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Haryana and Member of the UGC, Brigadier Rajiv Chauhan of the Indian Army, Shri Damodar Naik, former MLA of Goa Constituency, Dr. Naveen Amanna, an Air Veteran and accomplished Banker Entrepreneur, along with several accomplished lyricists.
Professor Mahapatra’s journey in academia spans over 32 illustrious years, during which he has selflessly mentored more than 25,000 students, leaving an indelible mark on their lives. Presently serving as a Senior Lecturer at Bhandari Pokhari Mahavidyalaya, Bhadrak, his dedication to shaping young minds has been truly exemplary. Beyond his academic pursuits, Prof. Mahapatra is a gifted writer, with his literary works gracing numerous platforms. His recent book publication, “Consequences of Negativity in Modern Literature,” has reverberated across the realm of English literature, earning critical acclaim.
During his captivating speech at the convocation, Prof. Dr. Mahapatra began with a heartfelt tribute to Lord Jagannath and delved into the rich tapestry of Odisha’s traditions, highlighting the significance of Lord Mahaprabhu Jagannath.
In an exclusive interview, Dr. Mahapatra imparted invaluable life lessons to humanity and extended his heartfelt gratitude to the support of family and friends. His tireless efforts in promoting Odisha’s vibrant culture on the international stage have garnered immense pride and admiration.
The conferment of an honorary doctorate upon Professor Ananta Kishor Mahapatra marks a remarkable chapter in his extraordinary journey, solidifying his legacy as an exceptional scholar and cultural ambassador. His dedication to education, literature, and cultural exchange continues to inspire and uplift generations.