Eminent educationist Prof. Dhirendra Kumar Samantaray passed away here recently. He was 78.
A former Registrar and Controller of Examination of the Utkal University, Samantaray taught English in many colleges and was Principal of the Banki College and Kendrapara College for 11 years. He had retired in 1994.
He was also appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the State Government on Higher Education from 1996-98 and was nominated to the 7th Educational Research and Innovation Committee, affiliated to the NCERT, Delhi for three years in 1998.
A prominent leader of the Christian community in Odisha, Samantaray was appointed as a Member of the State Coordination Committee on Communal Harmony from 2002-08.