Prof. S.P. Pani, b 1957, Director, Distance &
Continuing Education, Utkal University was educated at
D.M. School, Bhubaneswar, BJB College & P.G. Dept. of
History, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He was a
Research Fellow at IIT, Madras and UGC JRF at P.G. Dept.
of History, Utkal University.
Prof. Pani has served as a faculty member of P.G. Depts. of History, Utkal University, Sambalpur University, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack and Vikram Deb College, Jeypore and Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar.
Prof. Pani has wide administrative experience since 1992. He held numerous positions like Director, College Development Council and Director, IQAC, Utkal University, Registrar Central University of Orissa, Koraput and Principal, Aeronautics College, Sunabeda under HAL, Koraput. He is presently Director, DDCE, Utkal University. He has served as a member of Syndicate (Executive Council), Academic Council, Senate, Finance Committee, Library Committee, Building Committee and other statutory bodies of Utkal University. He continues to be member of many of these bodies. He has been the Director of IQAC at Utkal University. He was the Utkal University NAAC coordinator for the first round of Accreditation (2004). He has been member of Governing Bodies of several autonomous colleges.
Prof. Pani continuously delivers lectures at Universities and colleges. Recently he delivered lectures at PG Center of Krishna University, Nuzvid, Andhra Pradesh, Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur, Khalikote University, Berhmpur, IGNOU Regional Centre, Bhubaneswar, Lalitkala Academy Regional Centre, Bhubaneswar, P.G. College, Chandigarh, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan a Central University, Puri, Burdwan University, Punjabi University and Jammu University etc. Besides he has delivered lectures at numerous colleges including BJB College, Rajdhani College, Kendrapara Autonomous College, I.G. womens College and S.B. Rath Autonomous College etc. He has also acted as an invited expert in various seminars, conferences and workshops at various universities like IGNOU, New Delhi, Guwahati University and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development, Sri Perumbudur.
Prof. Pani has done pioneering research work in intellectual history of Modern India. He has published more than 25 Research papers and 12 books. His major publications include: Sri Aurobindo: Life and Thought, Gandhi, Aurobindo and Radhakrishnan on Bhagavadgita (Co-author), Vivekananda, Aurobindo and Gandhi on Education (Co-author), Gandhi: The Forgotten Mahatma (Ed.), Essay on Contemporary Gender Issues (Ed.) and Word, Image, Music: Post Colonial Readings in the Age of New Media(Ed.). He has successfully guided 15Ph.D. and D.Litt. scholars. Recently four more scholars have submitted their doctoral thesis under his guidance.
Prof Pani has wide Teaching Experience. The subjects he has taught History of Science & Technology, Freedom Movement of India, Socio Economic History of India, Philosophy of History, Western Political Thought, History of Odisha etc at PG level; History of India, World Civilizations, History of Europe and History of England at UG level; Research Methodology and Historiography at M.Phil and pre doctoral course level and methods of Teaching and Philosophy of Education at B.Ed. - M. Ed. level. He is also currently teaching Business Ethics to MBA Students.
Recently, as a member of the NAAC Peer Team, Prof Pani has visited GourBanga University, Malda, West Bengal, APC University, Rewa, Madhyapradesh, RabindraBharati University, West Bengal, IASE Deemed University, Rajsthan, B.R Ambedkar University, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Jadavpur University, Calcutta and numerous Colleges in Karnataka, Kerla, Maharashtra, Assam, North East and West Bengal etc. Earlier he had visited NEHU, Mizoram University, Gorakhpur University, Bangalore University, L.N Mishra University and numerous other Colleges. Besides, Prof. Pani has acted as an expert for UGC visiting team to Symbiosis Centre for Learning, Pune and Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok.
Prof Pani was the General Secretary of Odisha History Congress and Vice President of Indian Distance Education Association.
Dr. Mamata Rani Behera is a Faculty in the Department of Odia, DDCE, and Utkal University. She has educated at Sailabala Womens College and P.G. Department of Odia, Utkal University. She has qualified UGC NET, JRF in the year 1993. She obtained her M.Phil and Ph.D Degree in the area of Modern Odia Poetry from Utkal University in the year 2000. She has published number of research articles in different Journals. She has also authored seven Books on Criticism, Poetry and Short Stories.
Dr. P. P. Panigrahi is a Lecturer in English Department of DDCE, Utkal University. She was educated at Rama Devi Women's Autonomous College and PG Department of English, Utkal University. She qualified UGC NET in Dec.1999. She obtained her Ph.D Degree from Utkal University in 2004. Apart from teaching English to regular Honours and Post Graduate students, she deals with Communicative English in professional MBA and MCA courses. Further, she conducts training in Spoken English and Personality Development. She has authored several critical papers and two books namely: The Voyage Within: Women in the works of Indian Women Novelists in English and Image of women in the works of Kamala Markandaya. Her other interests include Gender Studies and Literary Criticism.
Dr. Sujit K. Acharya is a Lecturer in Department of Business Administration, DDCE, Utkal University. Dr. Acharya holds MBA (HR), M.A. in Personnel Management & Industrial Relation, M.Com.(Finance), M.Phil (Com.), Ph.D. (PM&IR). His area of specialization is HRM. Dr. Acharya has over 15 years of teaching experience across disciplines like Commerce, Management, PM&IR and Soft Skills. In addition he is also an Expert Corporate and Personality Development Trainer. He has guided numerous Management Projects. Presently three research scholars have completed their PhD research work under the guidance of Dr. Acharya.. To his credit he has attended numerous Seminars, Workshops and training programs. He has authored nine research papers international Journals and 22 number of research articles in National level Journal. He contributed numerous chapters to course ware for distance learners. He has also authored four books in the field of HRM, Manpower Planning and Change Management. Dr. Acharya is an accomplished Taekwon-Do Player and has represented India at International events.
Ms. Sony Snigdha Sahoo is a Lecturer in Computer Applications Department, DDCE, Utkal University. She has completed her B.Tech in Comp. Sc. & Engg. from Trident Academy of Technology and M.Tech from Institute of Technical Education and Research, SOA University. She has qualified UGC NET. She has worked as a Junior Project Fellow and a faculty in Comp. Sc. at Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar. She has also worked as Assistant professor in Dept. of Comp. Sc. & Engg. at Centurion Institute of Technology, CUTM, Bhubaneswar. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D and her areas of interest are Soft Computing, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence. She had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in March 2016.
Mr. Biswo Ranjan Mishra is a Lecturer in Department of Commerce, DDCE, Utkal University. He is graduated from S.C.S College Puri securing 2nd rank in Utkal University. He has secured first position in first class in M.Com examination of Utkal University. He obtained his M.Phil Degree from School of Commerce and Management, Ravenshaw University .He has qualified in NET. Mr. Mishra has over 09 years of teaching experience and 06 years of corporate experience. To his credit he has attended numerous Seminars, Workshops and training programs. He has published 10 number research papers in reputed journals and conference proceedings. He has submitted his Ph.D thesis in the P.G Department of Commerce, Utkal University in the area Corporate Sustainability Reporting Practices. His area of interest is Financial Derivatives, Security Analysis, Portfolio Management, International Finance and Financial Reporting.
Mr. Subas Chandra Mishra graduated from Utkal University, obtained MCA and M.Com from Sambalpur University. He is also a Microsoft Certified Engineer and a Cisco Certified Network Associate. He handles the Computer Science courses offered by the Directorate. He is in-charge of entire IT Hardware of DDCE. He had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in March 2016.
Ms. Rashmi Ranjeeta graduated from Utkal University. She obtained MBA (Finance & Marketing) and M.Sc (Environmental Science) from Utkal University. She has undergone Training Programs at INFOSYS, ICICI Bank and IIT, Kharagpur. She has attended four International and twelve National Seminars and Conferences in India. She has published six papers out of which three papers are in international and management journals.She has also edited a book entitled "Financial Institutions and Markets" published be Himalaya Published house. She had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in March 2016. She has submitted her Ph.D thesis to Utkal University.
Mr. Giridhari Sahoo, graduated from Utkal University, obtained his M.Com Degree from P.G Department of Commerce, Utkal University and M.Phil. Degree from School of Commerce and Management Studies, Ravenshaw University.He has joined Ph.D programme in the P.G Department of Commerce, Utkal University after qualifying for the same. He had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in 2013-14.He is in charge of IT and Garden at DDCE.
Ms. Renuka Kumar obtained her Master in Social Work from Pune University. Before joining DDCE Utkal University she had worked as College Teacher for Two years and in various NGO's for seven years in social sector. She has also attended seminars and conferences and presented research papers. She had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in 2014.
Ms. Pragyan Paramita, obtained her Graduation and M.A. in Hindi from Rama Devi Women's Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar. She has completed her M.Phil from Ravenshaw University. She had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in 2014.
Mr. Madhab Chandra Sethi obtained his PG and M.Phill Degree from PG Department of Ancient Indian History, Utkal University. He has submitted his Ph.D thesis titled " Khandagiri and Udayagiri Reconsidered: A Study in Continuity", to Utkal University. Before joining DDCE, Utkal University he had worked as an ICHR & RGNF (UGC) Research fellow. He has attended several national and international Conference held in India related to Art, History and Archaeology and published several papers. He is actively involved in the Archaeological Excavations, conducted by the P.G.Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Utkal University. He has qualified UGC-NET Examination. His present interests include monuments, rock cut sculpture and architecture. He is a Life Member of Odisha History Congress. He had attended a National Workshop on Development of SLM organized at IGNOU, New Delhi in March 2016.
Besides the regular faculty members of DDCE and P.G. Departments of Utkal University a number of faculty members from other educational institutions , professionals including bankers , Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Company Secretaries, Corporate Executives and Researchers at various academic institutions act as part timers. We also avail the services of retired experienced teachers. Faculties are also drawn from affiliated colleges of Utkal University and Biju Patnaik University of Technology.