Renowned educationist and eminent Sanskrit scholar Professor (Dr.) Harekrishna Satapathy has been appointed as the first Vice Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) University. He will join from September 1, 2017. Dr. Satapathy began his teaching career from Ravenshaw College as a lecturer and retired as Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit University, Tirupati. He has 35 years of experience in teaching and educational administration. He served as VC of the University for consecutively two terms for 10 years. Dr. Satapathy was also the Professor and Head of the Department of Sanskrit literature in Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University and during his stint he became the acting VC of the university.
Dr. Satapathy has got many accolades for his outstanding contribution towards literature, culture and higher education. He has received more than 22 awards and honour including Ramakrishna Jayadayal Dalmia Srivani Alamkaram award, the highest and most prestigious award in Sanskrit in 2010 and the title’ Brahmarshi’ by Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the then President of India in 2011.
Similarly, Julius Lakra, IAS (Retd.) has been appointed as the first Registrar of the university. After completing his post-graduation in Sociology and Anthropology, Mr. Lakra joined Odisha Administrative Service. He has long experience of implementation of tribal development projects, poverty alleviation, social security, women and child development programmes in various tribal districts of Odisha.
Expressing pleasure over the new appointments and congratulating Dr. Satapathy and Mr. Lakra, Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS said, vast experience of Dr. Satapathy in teaching and educational administration and long experience of Mr. Lakra in tribal development will take the university to a new height in the field of teaching and research.