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BHUBANESWAR, India, Dec. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Achyuta Samanta, an eminent educator, social activist, founder of KIIT and KISS (Bhubaneswar) and Lok Sabha MP for Kandhamal, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Utkal University in recognition of his immense contribution in the field of education and social service. This is the 50th honorary title awarded to him.
Dr. Samanta's alma mater, Utkal University, bestowed this honor on him at its 52nd convocation, held on December 23, 2022. He received the degree from the Chancellor of the University and Governor of Odisha, Professor Ganeshi Lal, in in the presence of the former Chief Justice, Justice V. Gopala Gowda, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Sabita Acharya, and the Chief Secretary for Higher Education of the Government of Odisha, Bishnupada Sethi, among others.
Addressing the august audience, the Governor made a special mention of Dr. Samanta at the beginning of his speech and described him as an "outstanding legend of the call." He said that Dr. Samanta embodies key human attributes such as simplicity, humility, gratitude, courage, perseverance, generosity, fairness, peace, and kindness.
Dr. Samanta expressed his deepest gratitude to the Chancellor for the honor, as well as to VC and the University Union. "Everyone knows about my life dedicated to the service of others. In recognition of my life, my work and my achievements, I have received many awards and prizes. However, some are very special, like this one. I am delighted that Utkal University , my alma mater, awarded me the honorary degree of D. Litt I am very happy that the University of Utkal, my alma mater, has awarded me the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, which is my 50th honorary doctorate, the highest for an Indian. I dedicate this award to my heroine, my mother, and all her struggles and sacrifices. It is the blessings of the Almighty and the good wishes of the people that have helped me get to where I am today. Your wishes continue to give me strength to dream more for the betterment of society", said Dr. Samanta in his remarks.
He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Birla Global University and also received an honorary degree from the University of Berhampur.
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