Prof. Anita Patra

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Prof. Anita Patra comes with over 20 years of experience in academia. She has a proven track record of administration in holding various positions like Dean Faculty Development, PGP Coordinator, School of Management, Dean School of Engineering and Technology in Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM). She has a keen interest in women entrepreneurship and rural entrepreneurship. Prof. Anita has various academic degrees to her credit i.e. Ph.D. in Management from Berhampur University, Odisha, MBA with a specialization in Finance from Berhampur University, Odisha. Currently she is serving as a Professor in the School of Management and also Registrar of Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Odisha.
  • Ph.D in Business Administration, Berhampur University, 2009 with the topic “Role of Self Help Groups in the Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women – A Study”.
  • Master of Business Administration, Berhampur University, 1996-1998, 62%(First class), Finance specialization.
  • B.Sc., Khallikote College Autonomous , Berhampur, 1993-1996, 67% (First class with Distinction, Zoology Honours).
Teaching Experience of 18 years.
  • Presently working as Registrar Centurion University, Odisha and Professor, School of Management, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Paralakhemundi.
  • Worked as Associate Professor at Centurion School of Rural Enterprise Management, School of Management, CUTM, Parlakhemundi, since 01.01.2007. Courses taught at Post Graduation Level are Quantitative Techniques, Production and Operations Management, Working Capital Management, Marketing Research.
  • Worked as Senior Lecturer at Jagannath Institute for Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi, from 01.12.1999 to 31.12.2006. Courses Taught at B. Tech are Engineering Economics& Costing, Quantitative Techniques for managers, Productions and Operations Management, Optimization in Engg., Principles of Management, Accountancy.
  • Have been a part of the Faculty Team for the course work, for Ph.D scholars of CUTM, in the area of Data analysis in Research.
Other Professional Experience:
  • Have worked as Head of Department, Department of Management, JITM, from 2002 to 2006.
  • Have imparted training for the SHG Women under the aegis of MISSION SHAKTI.
  • Have imparted Entrepreneurship Development training for districts of Gajapati and Rayagada under PMEGP Entrepreneurship Development Programme of KVIC and DIC.
  • Have taken MDP sessions on Working Capital Management for the Management Trainees of OHPCL, Orissa.
  • Have guided MBA students on summer projects and B. tech students on Business plans.
  • Worked in the capacity of PGP Co-Ordinator, School of Management, CUTM, Parlakhemundi, from 24.05.2011 till 18.12.12.
  • Worked as Dean of School of Distance Education, CUTM from 1.07.2011till 18.12.12.
  • Worked in the capacity of Dean, School of Engineering and Technology, CUTM from 19.12.12 to 9.11.16.
  • Worked in the capacity of Dean, Faculty Development, CUTM from 9.11.16 to 31.05.17.
  •  Working in the capacity of Registrar, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha from 1.06.17.
  • Have been a Member of Board of Studies of Centurion University of Technology and Management.
  • Been question paper setter and Examiner for many courses of different Universities.
  • Have been the Convener of Sexual Harassment Committee at CUTM.
  • Have been an Associate Editor of “Centurion Journal of Multidisciplinary Research” (Both Print and online), ISSN 2395 – 6216 for print and ISSN 2395 – 6224 for online.
  • Have done a Project for World Bank, along with two colleagues, titled “A Study of Performance, Aspirations, Access and Adaptation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Students of Engineering” in March 2016.
  • Had been the Co-convener for the Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in Electronics and IT Sector, organized by Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM) dated 19.11.2016 at Paralakhemundi Campus Supported by, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.
  • Had been the Coordinator for the 6th International Conference on Youth is a gift and Age is an art: Gerontological Issues and Higher Education organised by Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM) dated 02nd and 03rd February 2017 at Paralakhemundi Campus.
  • Had been the Convener ZED Awareness & Sensitization Training Programme organised at School of Management, Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM), Paralakhemundi, Conducted by Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Odisha In collaboration with Quality Council of India, New Delhi & CTTC, Bhubaneswar dated 10th February 2017.
  • Had been the Coordinator for the AICTE sponsored project “ Implementation of EDC” dated 6.04.2009 with a project funding of Rs. 8 lakhs.
  • Completed Ph.D in Business Administration, Berhampur University, 2009 with the topic “Role of Self Help Groups in the Socio-Economic Development of Rural Women – A Study”.
  • Did a Dissertation work on “Mergers and Acquisitions – A Strategy”, as a part fulfillment of MBA, BU.
  • A Ph.D scholar has been awarded with Doctorate degree on 18.06.14, under my Guidance, from Berhampur University, Orissa on the topic “Impact of NREGA – A study of South Orissa”.
  • A Ph.D scholar has been awarded with Doctorate degree on 12.11.18, under my Guidance, from Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “Investors’ attitude and Investment Decision on Equity Shares”.
  • Presently guiding a Ph.D scholar under Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “The impact of corporate growth strategy on financial performance: A Comparative Study of Public and Private Sector Banks in Odisha”.
  • Presently guiding a Ph.D scholar under Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “Switching Behaviour of Customers of Retail Banks”.
  • Presently guiding a Ph.D scholar under Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “Impact of E-Governance in Public utility services rendered at Common Service Centres in Rayagada, Odisha”.
  • Presently guiding a Ph.D scholar under Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “Government Funded Health Care System – A Comparative Study of India Over USA”.
  • Presently guiding a Ph.D scholar under Centurion University of Technology and Management, Parlakhemundi on the topic “Financial Inclusion (FI) Effective Implementation in Odisha: A Study in Kalahandi & Khorda Districts”.
  • Have been a Research Committee Member of Centurion University from December 2012 onwards.
  • Had been the External Examiner for Ph.D. Viva-voce on 13.06.16 at Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkatta.
  • Recently evaluated a Ph.D. Thesis work in Dec 2017.
  • Have guided B. Tech students in their Entrepreneurship project work.
  • Have guided summer project reports for PGDM students.
  • Have guided Dissertation Reports for PGDM students.
  • Paper on “Women Entreprenuership in Rural India” was presented in the National Seminar on Entrepreneurship at Berhampur University on 23.04.09, which was published in their “Souvenir”.
  • Paper on “Women Initiatives in Rural India” in the National Level Conference on Rejuvenating SHGs at Centurion School of Rural Enterprise Management, on 4.11.09, which was published in the “Resource Book”.
  • Paper on Microfinance- Self Help Groups published in the Journal “STRATEGY” with ISSN 0973-2977, in 2009.
  • Paper on “Women Entrepreneurship: To the Extent Developed in Rural India-Some Case Studies”, is published in the journal SURVEY, ISSN: 0586 – 0008, by Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata, June 2011
  • Paper titled “Service Quality In Private Banks: An Assessment Based On Servqual Measures” published in the International Journal of Research in Computer Application and Management, ISSN 2231-1009, July 2011.
  • Paper titled “Banking Service in India: A Perceptional Analysis of Customers” published in Research Journal of Berhampur University, ISSN 2250-1681, Vol. 1-2011.
  • Paper titled “Micro Credit through Self Help Groups: A Study of the Socio Economic Benefits to the Rural Women”, is published in Indian Journal of Research, ISSN 2231-6655, Vol.-2, No.-2, July-Dec-2012.
  • Paper titled “ Study of factors affecting investment decisions of investors with special reference to equity market in selected areas of Kakinada district (A.P)” is published in International Journal of Recent Trends in Management, Commerce, Accountancy, Economics, Public Administration, Law and Allied Researches, ISSN: 2348-9413 (Online); 2348-9405 (Print), May 2015.
  • Paper titled “A Study on Investor’s Attitude towards Investment in Equity Stocks with Reference to Visakhapatnam District (Andhra Pradesh)” published in International Journal of Latest Technology in Engineering, Management & Applied Science, ISSN No. 2278-2540, Vol. V Issue XI/November 2016.
  • Paper titled “Use of Library Resources by the Faculty Members of Private Engineering Colleges: A Case Study of Odisha” published in INFOLIB, ISSN No. 0974-0686, VOL. 9, NO. 1-2, Sept. – Dec. 2016.
  • Paper titled “Use of Library Resources by the Students of Private Engineering Colleges: A Case Study of Odisha” published in International Journal of Research in Library Science, ISSN: 2455-104X, Volume No. 3, Issue No. 1 (January- June 2017).
  • Paper titled “ Mentoring in Educational Institutes: A Holistic Approach” published in International Multi Journal, ISSN 2454-2105, Volume IV, Issue-2, May to August 2017.
  • Paper titled “Emotional Intelligence in Higher Education: A Scale Development: published in International Journal of Education & Research, ISSN-p-2231-5632. E-2321-3671, Volume No.7, Issue-3, September 2017.
  • Paper titled “Financial Inclusion and Economic Growth: A Critical Appraisal for Evidence-based policy (EBP)”, published in International Journal of Management, Technology and Engineering, ISSN-2249-7455, Page No: 2021-2030, Volume No. 8, Issue XI, November 2018.
  • Paper titled “ Factors Motivating the Village Level Entrepreneurs to render e -Governance Services: An empirical study of the CSCs of Rayagada District”, published in International Journal of Management, Technology and Engineering, ISSN-2249-7455, Page No: 3255-3269, Volume No. 8, Issue XI, November 2018.
  • Paper titled “Universal Health Care System: Is India Prepared?”, published in International Journal of Management, Technology and Engineering, ISSN-2249-7455, Page No: 3185-3195, Volume No. 8, Issue XI, November 2018.
  • Paper titled “Financial Inclusion vis-à-vis growth and poverty alleviation: An empirical approach”, published in Espacios-An Scopus indexed Journal, ISSN-07981015, Page No: 1-11, Volume No. 40, Issue XLII, December 2019.
  • Summer Training at NALCO, BBSR, for 8 weeks during June & July 1997 ,as a part fulfillment of MBA, Berhampur University.
  • Attended Faculty Development Programme for Productions and Operations Management from 26.12.2005 to 31.12.2005 conducted by BPUT at Silicon Institute, BBSR.
  • Attended Faculty Development Programme in Entrepreneurship during 20.11.2006 to 01.12.2006 at Puri, conducted by EDII , Ahmedabad.
  • Attended Faculty Development Programme on “ Research Methodology and Contemporary Statistical Techniques for Research” from 6.02.08 to 10.02.08, at Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
  • Attended Faculty Development Programme on “Teaching Finance through Cases” from 21.12.09 to 22.12.09, at KIIT School of Management, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.
  • Attended a workshop on “Research and Data Analysis Using SPSS 18.0 For Effective Managerial Decisions” on 16.06.10 organized by Rourkela Institute of Management Studies, Rourkela in association with SPSS South Asia.
  • Attended a workshop on “National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning” organized jointly by CUTM and IIT Madras on 12 Dec 2015 at CUTM, Odisha.
  • Attended and presented a paper on “ Women Entrepreneurship – To The Extent Developed in Rural India: Some cases” in the 4th National Conference on Women Entrepreneurship by Ni-msme, Hyderabad during 19. 02.2009 to 20.02.09.
  • Attended and presented a paper on “Women Entreprenuership in Rural India” in the National Seminar on Entrepreneurship at Berhampur University on 23.04.09.
  • Attended and presented a paper on “Women Initiatives in Rural India” in the National Level Conference on Rejuvenating SHGs at Centurion School of Rural Enterprise Management, on 4.11.09 to 5.11.09.
  • Presented a paper on “Women Entrepreneurship in Rural India” at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Management & Social Welfare Issues: Contemporary Perspectives, January 13-14, 2011 organised by Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkatta
  • Presented a paper titled “Women Entrepreneurship: To the Extent Developed in Rural India-Some Case Studies” in the Ninth Biennial Conference at EDI, Ahmedabad, 16-18 Feb 2011.
  • Presented a paper titled “Micro Credit through Self Help Groups: A Study of the Socio Economic Benefits to the Rural Women”, in the 4th Indian Conference on Management, Organised by S. K. Patel Institute of Management and Computer Studies, Gujarat, 11-12 March 2011.
  • Have been the Honorable Guest and Key Note Speaker for National Women Convention on “Women’s right, Dignity and Safety and Women Participation in Good Governance” by Institute for Women’s Development on 6th March 2014.
  • Have been the Honorable Guest and Key Note Speaker for District level Convention on “Violence Against Women” by Institute for Women’s Development on 9th December 2014.
  • Presented a paper titled “Promoting Skills for Sustainable Development: A Case Study on Gram Tarang” in the UGC Sponsored International Seminar -2015, organised by PG Department of Business Administration, Berhampur University, Odisha, 6-7 April 2015.
  • Presented a paper titled “Mentoring in Educational Institutes: A Holistic Approach” in the National Seminar on Educational Leadership-2015, organised by Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur, 1-3 June 2015.
  • Chaired a Technical Session at the National Seminar on Educational Leadership-2015, organised by Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur, 1-3 June 2015.
  • Have been the Honorable Guest and Key Note Speaker for District level Convention on “Participation of Women in political process to stop violence against women” on 8.12.15 organised by Institute for Women’s Development at Parlakhemundi.
  • Presented a paper titled “A Study of the Gap between Expected and Perceived Quality of Life among the Elderly People in Odisha” in 6th International Conference on Youth is a gift and Age is an art: Gerontological Issues and Higher Education Organised by Centurion University of Technology & Management (CUTM), Paralakhemundi on 02nd and 03rd February 2017.
  • Key note address given on the topic “Issues and Prospects of Women Entrepreneurship: Cases from Rural India” at 2nd International Conference on Mathematical Sciences in Engineering Applications ICMSEA 2017, on 22nd Dec to 24th Dec 2017.
  • Presented as paper titled “Emotional Intelligence: A Latent Emotional Capability in Rural Women Entrepreneurs” in the National Conference on Contemporary Issues in Management Research and Managerial Decision-Making” organized by School of Management, Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar on 6th Jan 2018.
  • Have been the Honorable Guest and Key Note Speaker for District level Convention on “One Billion Raisings- stop violence against women” on 8.12.18 organised by Institute for Women’s Development at Parlakhemundi.
  • Key note address given on the topic “A Study on Emotional Intelligence among Women Entrepreneurs” at 3rd International Conference on Mathematical Sciences in Engineering Applications ICMSEA 2018, on 20th Dec to 22nd Dec 2018.

Prof. Supriya Pattanayak

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Supriya Pattanayak comes with over 25 years of experience in the development sector and academia. She has earned a reputation of being a highly competent professional working with Bilateral, Multilateral, Government and non-government organisations. She has demonstrated excellent relationship management skills with multiple stakeholders for policy advocacy and good program management skills. She has specifically provided advisory support in all programs on social development and governance aspects. She has maintained oversight of all DFID programs in the State of Odisha over the past 15 years. She has taken on increasingly challenging roles in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating large programs with a focus on results.

In addition to this, Supriya maintains her interest in academics, being involved in teaching/ training/ supervision, research and conducting study tours across several continents. Presently Supriya holds the position of an Adjunct Professor at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and is a Research Fellow at the St Petersburg State University, Russia. She has a number of publications to her credit.
  • 2007 PhD in Social Sciences, RMIT University, VIC, Australia
  • 1988 MPhil Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • 1986 MA Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
  • 1984 BA, Mysore University, Mysore, India

St Petersburg State University, Russia
Research Fellow

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Adjunct Professor

Department for International Development (DFID) India | April 2001 – June 2015
State Representative, Odisha

The Department for International Development (DFID), leads the UK government‟s fight against world poverty. Through its network of offices throughout the world, DFID works with governments of developing countries, charities, non-government organisations, businesses and international organisations, like the United Nations, European Commission and the World Bank, to eliminate global poverty and its causes. DFID also responds to overseas emergencies.

State Representative, Odisha

This job mainly involved relationship management with multiple stakeholders including Government, Non-Government, Private Sector, Academic Institutions and other Development Partners. I represented DFIDI in a variety of forums such as workshops, conferences, donor meetings, sectoral support programs, procurement, etc. The DFIDI programs in the state of Odisha that I supported included the Public Sector Reform Program, Public Enterprise Reform Program, Support to the Poverty Task Force and Poverty Monitoring, The Odisha Civil Society and Poverty Program, Support to the Implementation of the Industrial Resolution Policy, R&R, Capacity Building of PRI‟s, The Health Sector Support Program (including Nutrition and WASH), Odisha Girls Incentive Program, Support to Odisha Climate Change Action Plan, The Reconstruction of Schools Program, The Western Odisha Rural Livelihoods Program, The Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihood Program, Land Rights and the Center for Modernizing Government Initiative. My role involved monitoring the programs and supporting the evaluation of the same, from social, economic and environmental impacts.

I helped the team to develop state assistance plan (2011-15), supported the finalisation of business cases and submission of new proposals on Education and Urban Programs. I organized state aid talks, maintained oversight on implementation using the project cycle management principles and monitored results of all programs. Also, I helped the team to develop project logframes with a strong focus on results and Value for money.

I was responsible for, as program officer, the implementation of the Odisha Civil Society and Poverty Program. I also provided the lead to Govt of India‟s “Call to Action-Child Survival” program in Odisha; facilitated Development Partner‟s coordination to support implementation in 10 high priority districts and liaised with GoO to develop a robust plan of implementation to address gaps in services.

Deakin University, VIC, Australia | 2005-2007
Lecturer in Social Work and Associate Field Educator

Delivered two core social work units Community Development (face to face and distance mode) and Social Work Research (entirely by distance). Prepare the study material for the distance mode delivery of the Community Development Course. I was also involved in the development of a new unit, rural social work. One of my other significant responsibilities was to support both International and Domestic Students on placement, a mandatory requirement for Social Work. For this I had to put in place and formalize/ institutionalise the processes for international student placement in the Social Work Program. I participated in the policy dialogue regarding international field placements by being a member of the Combined Schools of Social Work, an innovative approach to collaborative working for field education in Social Work.

Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (DFID funded), Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Odisha | 1999-2001
Social Development Analyst

I supported decentralized health decision making through the formation and operationalization of Village Health Committees and Block Level Committees. I contributed to the development of Health Vision 2010 and prioritized action plans for the health sector in Odisha. I supported intersectoral coordination initiative by bringing together senior officials from various departments to discuss the issue of health on a single platform. Also identified areas of research and initiated collaborations with other Government and non-government organizations. I supported the replication of success stories from other states in India (keeping in mind local specificities) in terms of improved service delivery with special focus on access and control by women and other disadvantaged groups. As Member of the task force set up by Government of Orissa to review the damage caused to health facilities following the supercyclone of 1999, toured several districts and assessed the extent of damage. I also supported the structural and functional review of the health sector.

Center for Youth and Social Development, Odisha | 1998-1999
Consultant Research Coordinator

I led a team of 15 researchers to all the tribal districts of Orissa and conducted a research entitled „Economic Participation of Women in Orissa – A Need Based Analysis‟ (sponsored by PLAN International) – which has subsequently been published and is being used for policy influencing.

RMIT University, Australia | 1994-1997

I tutored in mainly two subjects, research methodology and social work practice and skills. Further delivered guest lectures in a variety of other subjects, such as, postmodernism and its relevance to women from non English speaking backgrounds, on cross cultural practices, on community development and women‟s movements in India and Internationalization of social work. Also did Liaison visits and supervision of students on field work placements.

RMIT University, Intercultural Projects and Resources Center (IPRC), University Office of International Programs | 1996-1997
Program Officer

I supported the formulation and establishment of RMIT International Community Exchange Program (RICE), an exchange program for international students to visit and engage with regional and rural Victoria. This was an immersion program for international students but had great ripple effects for regional and rural Victoria, who had little exposure to persons from varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I was also engaged in teaching of intercultural and cross cultural subjects to international students and staff of international division and in various context subjects.

Mahila Samakhya (Indo-Dutch project for women’s empowerment through education), Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India | 1993

My primary responsibility was to evaluate the Mahila Samakhya component of Samuday, a Voluntary Organization in the State of Bihar and submit a report. The society of Rusera in Samastipur district was extremely feudal in its structural composition and assessing the impact (benefits) on women (SC and ST) of the Mahila Samakhya program was well worth the exercise.

Voluntary Health Association (Delhi) | 1992-1993
Executive Secretary

I was responsible for planning a program on School Health, its implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Further I organized and delivered a Creche Workers training program and conducted several programs for creating health awareness (studied health seeking behavior of slum dwellers) among slum dwellers in Delhi.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, New Delhi | 1990-1991
Medical Social Worker

I was engaged to manage the „Handicapped Program‟ of UNHCR in India. This involved assessment of various disabilities; planning for treatment and rehabilitation of persons who had been in conflict situations where their physical security was threatened and involved liaising with various Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations. Home visits to the residence of refugees for follow-up were integral to the program. Central to my role was the counseling of disabled persons and their families. I was also responsible for recommending individuals/ families for financial and other assistance where necessary.

Institute of Applied Language Sciences, Mysore | 1988-1989

Following the completion of my MPhil I wanted to take a year off doing things other than my chosen profession. I therefore undertook this job and organized several seminars, workshops and training programs in the field of Social Sciences, which also involved a fair amount of Office administration.

  • Director, Gram Tarang Inclusive Development Services Pty Ltd
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Member, Governing Body, Bapuji Rural Enlightenment and Development Society (BREDS, an NGO in Andhra Pradesh)
  • Life Member, Mysore Music Association Life Member, Bhubaneswar Music Circle
  • Life Member, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH)
  • Government Security Classification, UK Civil Service Mandatory Course Course on Fraud and Corruption, UK Civil Service Mandatory Course
  • From Managers to Leaders, British High Commission, New Delhi, April 2013
  • From Managing Self to Managing Others, British High Commission, New Delhi, January 2012 Finance Skills for All, delivered by National School of Government, UK
  • Climate Change, January 2009, DFID
  • ABC Professional Writing Course, May 2008
  • Information and Communication for Development, November 2004, delivered by University of Wolverhampton, UK Training on Program Guidance, November 2004, delivered by Jackie French, DFID London
  • Leadership Skills Training, August 9-11 2004, delivered by CMPS London Training on Oral Communication, Aug 5-6 2004, delivered by CMPS London
  • Strategic Communication for Development Programs, Nov 5th to 7th 2003, at London, conducted by the World Bank Training on Accounting and Procurement, June 2 2004 – DFID India.
  • Management Development Program, Training on Managing Relationships and Diversity, New Delhi, conducted by Sheppard Moscow and Focus Consultants
  • Project Cycle Management Training, New Delhi, conducted by TDU DFID
  • Training on „Team Building‟ by Career Track International, USA conducted in Melbourne
  • Pattanayak S, 2009, Insider Outsider in Heather D‟Cruz. Margaret Kumar, and Niranjala Weerakkody. N (eds) Where are you from?: Voices in Transition, accepted for publication, Common Ground Publications.
  • Pattanayak S, 2009, „Name: An Address without a postcode‟ in Margaret Kumar, Supriya Pattanayak and Richard Johnson (eds) Framing my name: Shifting Educational Boundaries, accepted for publication, Common Ground Publications.
  • Hawkins, L & Pattanayak S, 2010, Virtual Communication for Field Education Placements in a Global Context In Jennifer Martin and Linette Hawkins (eds) Information Communication Technologies for Human Services Education and Delivery: Concepts and Cases, NY: IGI Global, pp 133-150.
  • Pattanayak S, 2011, Education of the Scheduled Tribes at the Crossroads in Forum, on line Newsletter of the Deakin University
  • Pattanayak S, 2012, „Social Exclusion and Gender‟ in Rath N, Chinara M, Mohanty J and Mohanty A (eds) Social Exclusion and Gender: Some Reflections, Abhijeet Publications, New Delhi.
  • Pattanayak S, 2014, Social work practice in India: the challenge of working with diversity, in Ling How Kee, Jennifer Martin and Rosaleen Ow (eds) Cross Cultural Social Work: Local and Global, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia
  • Hawkins L, Martin J, McKay E & Pattanayak S, 2015, Internationalising Social Work Education Using Massive Open Online Courses In Elspeth McKay and John Lenarcic (eds) Macro Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Strategies and Predictions for the Future, NY: IGI Global, pp 75-90.
  • Pattanayak S, 2016, Linguistic Diversity and the Human Services in India, in Supriya Pattanayak, Chandrabhanu Pattanayak and Jennifer Marie Bayer (eds), Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Perceptions, Practices and Policy, Orient Blackswan, India
  • Pattanayak S & Narasimham Peri, 2017, Informal education and learning pathways: supporting livelihood trajectories of Indian Women in an urban slum In Margarita Pavlova, John C Lee, Rupert McLean (eds), Transitions to Post School Life, Springer Publications.
  • Pattanayak S, 2018, Metaphors we live by: Appreciating the place of language in indigenous research in Margaret Kumar and Supriya Pattanayak (eds), Positioning Research, Shifting paradigms, interdisciplinarity and indigeneity, Sage Publications, India.
  • Smita Mishra Panda, Orlanda Ruthven and Supriya Pattanayak, 2016, Performance, Aspirations, Access and Adaptation of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Students of a Private Engineering College in Odisha, World Bank.
  • Smita Mishra Panda and Supriya Pattanayak, 2017, Study on Immediate Outcomes of Farmers Field and Business School Interventions in Pathways SGP project in Kandhamal and Kalahandi Districts of Odisha, CARE India.

Dr. Radhakant Padhi


Dr. Radhakant Padhi is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Aerospace engineering and Centre for Cyber-Physical Systems, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. After doing his Ph.D. and Postdoc in the US, he joined IISc Bangalore as a faculty in December 2003 and is continuing over there since then. With due official permission from IISc, he has assumed the charge of being the Honorary Provost of Centurion Universities since Aug 2020.

He was a scientist in RCI (DRDO), Hyderabad, for a brief period during 1996-1997.

Dr. Padhi is a Fellow of INAE, IE, and IETE. He is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is a member of the Technical Committee on Aerospace in both IEEE and IFAC and a vice-chair of the publication board of IFAC. Currently he is a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE Control system society. He is the Director of Operations of the Automatic Control and Dynamic Optimization Society of India (has been a past president of it too), and also a Steering committee member of the Asian Control Association. He is a life member of Soft Computing Research Society, Aeronautical Society of India, and Systems Society of India. He is an Associate Editor of three international journals in the control and automation field.

Dr. Padhi’s research interest is on optimal and nonlinear control synthesis algorithms and their applications to challenging practical problems in aerospace, biomedical and mechanical engineering. He has co-authored over 250 publications in international journals and conferences, and a book on Satellite Formation Flying. His research is well-supported by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) of USA, Agency for Defence Development of South Korea etc. He is a member of the technical review committee in DRDO and ISRO for several challenging projects and has also contributed substantially by carrying out intensive collaborative research with both the organizations. The innovative nonlinear and optimal guidance and control algorithms developed by Dr. Padhi and his team are received well across the globe. Currently his research group is passionately involved in developing an Artificial pancreas system for Type-1 diabetic patients of India and also for Dynamic modelling and optimal management of air-traffic over the Indian airspace – both of these projects are sponsored by the IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology) initiative of MHRD, Govt. of India.

Prof. D.N.Rao

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D. Narsimha Rao has come to Orissa in the year 1989 from IIM Kolkatta campus to work in the drought prone district of Kalahandi. As a student he visited the district to understand the dynamics of drought. Kalahandi hit the national headlines during that time due to the child selling episodes by the drought stricken. He has joined there as a Young Professional, a scheme started by the Rajiv Gandhi government to attract young professionals to work in the development sector.

Since then, he has worked in length and breadth of Orissa with the government, NGOs like Gram Vikas and institutions like XIM Bhubaneswar. He has left XIMB in 2005, to co-found the Centurion Group of Institutes, which have their base in the naxal infested South Orissa region

  • Prof Narasimha Rao has worked across the core sector in areas of rural development and upliftment. He has been a social advisor on “Project Water” funded by the Indo – Canadian Water Facility.
  • He has also been the social advisor for the study on establishing baseline for the measurement of socio-economic impact of the power sector reforms in Orissa.
  • He has been the Project Leader for the project on Mapping Food insecurity areas and identifying families at risk of starvation. (The project was funded by Hunger Foundation and the client was OSDMA, Government of Orissa).
  • Prof Rao has been the local team leader for the Institutional Analysis and Design study for the “Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods Project” funded by DFID. During the span of 4 years from 1989-1993, he has managed many development projects aimed at improving the incomes of tribals and other poor people in some of the most backward districts of Orissa.
  • Prof. Rao has extensive experience in monitoring and evaluation of development sector projects. He was the head of CENDERET, XIMB for 3 years. CENDERET was a resource support institution which at one time used to channelise development funds from 8 international NGOs for projects in Orissa.
  • Prof. Rao has done consultancy/ worked for the DFID, USAID, World Bank, BfW, CORDAID, ICEF and many other donor funded projects. He has also consulted for many energy services companies such as BSES, Reliance Energy, APTransco, KPTCL and NPCL.
  • He has also provided his expertise for mining companies like BHP, Australia, Continental Resources, CANADA.
  • Prof. Rao has played a major role in coordinating the relief and rehabilitation support after the Super Cyclone in Orissa.
  • He was one of the lead advisors for the micro-privatisation initiative in the power sector in Orissa (partly funded by DFID and partly by BSES), Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and NOIDA. The DFID funded initiative was in the poverty stricken areas of the KBK region. It introduces and works on the concept of community participation in public service delivery mechanism, emanating from the 73rd / 74th Constitution Amendments which was empowering Village Panchayats.
  • Prof. Rao has worked extensively in the areas of access to energy, water and energy nexus, energy efficiency measures, DSM and other demand side issues in rural power supply. He has experience of promoting non grid solutions especially using solar power.
  • Prof Rao was well versed in the local language (Telegu, Oriya) which was an important aspect when dealing with Village Panchayats at the local level.
  • In his present position, he was a co-promoter of the Centurion Group of Institutes which has promoted a host of management and technical institutions in Orissa.

Names of college/Institution, Dates attended
Indian Institute of Management Kolkatta, India, 1987-1989
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India 1983-1987

Degrees Obtained
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) (IIM – Kolkatta)
Bachelor of Engineering (Osmania University)

  • The group believes in using educational institutions as a local social and economic change hub. The institutes engage with the community with a focus on bringing lasting change in the area of social as well as economic development.
  • The group is pioneering a unique large scale skill building venture for school drop outs in naxal infested districts of Orissa. The group has promoted a host of special purpose vehicles aimed at skill building, providing escorting services, rural market access services as well as micro finance ventures.
  • Innovation was the key to all the interventions and the group believes in finding innovative solutions to difficult problems.
Coordinated CENDERET, the development extension wing of XIMB for 3 years
  • CENDERET works in most of the districts of Orissa in Partnership with NGOs and Panchayat representatives. It mainly concentrates on capacity building. Some of the areas of intervention have been Micro Planning, Enterprise promotion, Self Help groups’ promotion, Joint forest Management interventions with focus on community participation.
  • He coordinated many national and international research as well as consultancy assignments.
  • He developed a five stage “empowerment measurement frame work” which was adopted by the NGOs and Mission Shakti of government of Orissa.
  • Worked with Gram Vikas, a leading NGO for four years in two of the most remote tribal regions of Orissa
Micro – Privatization project in rural power distribution
  • Prof was one of the Project Directors on this assignment which was implemented in 4500 villages in Orissa (in some of the most under developed areas of the State) and 4500 panchayats of Karnataka. He coined the term “Gram Vidyut Pratinidhi” and along with other colleagues developed the spade work for the electricity franchising policy in India. The model was now incorporated into the national rural electrification policy
  • The project aims at introduction of performance contracts at the 11 kV feeder level for revenue cycle activity management. The private entrepreneurs will be helped by the Village Electricity Committees in managing the activities at the village level. The project starts with a social intervention and ends in drawing up performance contracts for revenue cycle management at the feeder level.
  • Typically the intervention for any particular feeder takes about 12 months for implementation. In Karnataka, the project was exploring the arrangements in IP set dominated sections.
  • It was also exploring the water-energy nexus in these areas. The intervention was partly funded by the electricity utilities and partly by DFID.
Other relevant experience
  • Joined as a young professional in DRDA, Kalahandi from IIM Kolkatta campus in the year 1989
  • This was a special initiative of the Government of India to improve project management capabilities of the District Rural Development Agencies. Kalahandi hit the national headlines due to the starvation deaths and child selling cases in 1987. The job mandate included developing interventions that would help improve the incomes of poor people in socially deprived conditions and low market development environment.
  • Higher Education Link Coordinator for 3 years for the academic link between university of Wales, Bangor, UK and XIMB.
  • The link’s objective was to promote joint research in the area of self-recording systems for improving productivity in the Indian farming system. The link resulted in a dissemination workshop on the subject.
Names of employing Organization & Title Held
  • Faculty & coordinator, Xavier Institute of Management, 1996 to 2005
  • British Chevening Scholar, Small Business Center, Durham Business School, University of Durham, UK, 1995 to 1996
  • Program manager, Gram Vikas Berhampur, India, 1991 to 1993
  • Addl. Director (Projects), DRDA, Kalahandi, India, 1989 to 1991
  • Attended a 3 month course in University of Durham, UK on Building enterprise – 1995
  • Attended a 9 month course in University of Durham, UK on business incubators – 1995
  • Attended an 8 week course organized by DSE, Berlin Germany on ZOPP (project planning and management) – 1998
  • Attended training organized by CORDAID, Netherlands in Bangkok on monitoring and evaluation of projects – 2001

Prof. Mukti Kanta Mishra

Leadership / Uncategorized

Dr. Mishra in his endeavor to explore entrepreneurial capability, as a Director of Consulting Firm along with three professors had taken over the management of one Engineering College in 2005. The engineering college (Jagannath Institute for Technology & Management (JITM), Paralakhemundi) located in a remote rural area of the poorest district of Orissa, is All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved. At that time, it had seven academic departments and 420 seats, and was faced with reduced intake, poor academic performance and placement problems. Dr. Mishra has taken it as a mission of life and real time personal social responsibility to turn around this college and place it at a national level through qualitative improvement in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. 

Dr Mishra’s career started in the corporate sector, where he has worked for over 18 years in various positions, the most noteworthy of them being in the Marketing Department at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., India (a fortune 500 MNC), The Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa Limited, India and at Kinhill Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia. The responsibilities included branding, strategy, pricing, quality control, CSR issues and finally Industrial Relation problems. This provided an analytical framework and expertise to comprehend the existing problems and issues and anticipate the future threats.
  • Associate Auditor by the Registrar of Certified Auditors, Quality Society of Australasia – an International body for ISO Auditors.
  • Life member of Quality Society of Australasia
  • Provisional auditor of the International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA, UK)
  • Permanent professional member of Indian Chamber of Commerce and also Member of the Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  • Associate Member at the Institute of Directors, New Delhi
  • Chairman, Governing Board of Orissa State Housing Board, Government of Orissa
  • Member, Management Committee, Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission

Jan 2002 till 2004, Was awarded APA Scholarship to pursue PhD in 2002.

  • The scholarship tenure was for 42 months but Dr. Mishra completed within 24 months which is an exemplary achievement for Victoria University.
  • The Thesis was passed without any further correction for which the Post-Graduate Research Committee congratulated Dr. Mishra
  • While pursuing PhD, Dr. Mishra was involved in extensive teaching in International MBA programme
  • Dr. Mishra was advising the Faculty of Business and Law, VUT in formulating strategy for expansion into ASEAN markets.
  • October 1997 till 2002, Worked at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Ministry of Petroleum (A Government of India Corporation and fortune 500 Corporation) in the Marketing Division, Bhubaneswar Region as Senior Executive – Marketing for the entire state of Orissa.
  • Direct supervision of tenders for securing business from various Airlines (Domestic and International Carriers) and Major Industrial Houses (both PSUs and Private sector) and successful negotiation to secure the business
  • Major procurements for the Corporation and participation in Bids Committee to finalize Vendors for HPCL
  • Member in the Logistics Committee negotiating Transport Contracts for the entire Oil Industry for three years involving 450 Transport Companies from all over the Country
  • Formulated marketing strategies as the Leader of various SBUs/ Profit Centres
  • Marketing of LPG/ CNG in retail consumer trade and entire range of petroleum products for all Industrial Customers and Aviation Sectors following organisational restructuring and segregation of various departments
  • Branding of HP Products, Consumer Surveys and designing Culture – Customer Sensitive advertisements
  • Handled legal matters pertaining to consumer cases and civil suits/ cases.
  • October 1996 to September 1997, Deputy General Manager (Commercial/ Marketing) Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa Limited (IDCOL), a Government of Orissa Conglomerate, India (On Secondment). IDCOL is engaged in production and marketing products such as cement (dry processing), tough iron rod, spun pipe, cable, boiler pipes, jute products, yarns, Ferro chrome /Ferro alloys, pig iron (foundry), and also involved in mining such as chrome ore, limestone, etc. through various units. IDCOL has also a software-developing unit, which develops and markets customized software for various Government units.
  • Formulated and implemented innovative strategies for marketing of all products including software both in domestic and export market to compete in an increasingly liberal marketing environment as Government protection had been withdrawn in April 1996.
  • Engaged with export market of cement and chrome ore and import of cooking coke, which are finalised after extensive negotiation both at home and with international agents
  • Involved in streamlining and simplifying the purchase procedures (major purchases including raw materials) of all units
  • Implemented ISO 9000 guidelines and principles in various units and ISO certification
  • Formulated strategies for the operational expansion of various subsidiaries of IDCOL to complement the marketing set up.
  • Policy Advisory Role: Formulated the first ever attempt to implement a package for VRS to IDCOL employees in 1997.
  • July 1996 to September 1996, Worked at Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, (A Government of India Corporation), Bhubaneswar Region.
  • Participated in Management Audit, Management Staff Job Description, Organizational Restructuring, ISO 9000 Series implementation, Appraisal System Review and Quality Manual preparation.
  • July 1995 to July 1996 & April 98 to July 98, Senior Consultant in International Division, Kinhill Engineers Pvt Ltd., Melbourne, Australia (Largest Australian Engineering Consulting Corporation with subsidiaries and associated companies in Asia)
  • Provided marketing strategies for major infrastructure related projects funded by international financial institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the Australian Agency for International Development now AusAid in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and India.
  • Provided advice on the company’s expansion policy in the Indian sub-continent and involved in competitive bids for major projects; also carried out socio-economic input and impact analysis. Team member in core negotiation team for Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.
  • Generated revenue surplus of $ 500k through financial planning and investing excess funds in call money market in Australia for which Kinhill hired Dr. Mishra after he returned to India as a senior consultant in International division on business visa.
  • December 1987 to July 1995 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), Ministry of Petroleum, (A Government of India Corporation). Dr. Mishra was a permanent employee in the Marketing Division of HPCL since 1987 during which time held a variety of positions. His roles included administration, formulation of marketing strategies, coordination and taking policy decisions at regional and zonal level for enhancement of HPCL’s market share in retailing and bulk selling.
  • Ensured continuous and uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to various retailing points and industries throughout India. He has had to develop marketing strategies for petroleum products such as Motor Spirit (87 and 93 octane) (MS), High Speed Diesel (HSD), Furnace oil (FO), Low sulphur High Speed (LSHS) Naphtha, Bitumen, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), all grades of lubricants, commissioning of Retail Outlets, LPG Agencies, Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) Dealerships.
  • Prepared business plans including forecasting of sales, revenues, costs, discounted cash flow analysis, etc. He was also responsible for developing various innovative ideas in advertising of lubricants.
  • Merchandised various products in the retail network of HPCL.
  • Surpassed the targets in the marketing and sales of allied products such as tyres (MRF), batteries (Exide) and accessories (automobile).
  • Enhanced the market share by 150-200% in each region that he worked in and won over the accounts of many major Government and private multinational organizations in India.
  • Handled Consumer complaints and all court matters pertaining to the Region he was associated with.
  • September 1986 to December 1987, Utkal University, Orissa, Dr. Mishra held the position as University Research Scholar in the Post Graduate Department of Analytical and Applied Economics and carried out a study on the “Role of Commercial Banks in the Economic Development of Orissa”. During this period he was extensively involved in teaching Monetary Economics and International Monetary Management to Postgraduate Students. While carrying out the study he interacted with all Public Sector Banks operating in the state of Orissa, various Government Departments, industrial houses and small scale/ cottage industries etc. This was an exploratory qualitative study.
  • Mishra M.K, and Chinara M, 2002, Power Sector Reforms in Orissa: Some Reflections, paper presented at the National Seminar on Power Sector Reforms and Human Development in Orissa, Utkal University, Orissa and Research and Information Center of Orissa.
  • Mishra M. K, 2002, Reforms of Public Institutions and Governance: A conceptual Note, paper presented at the National Seminar on Indian Society in the new Millennium: Socio-Economic-Political and Cultural Issues, Utkal University Bhubaneswar and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
  • Mishra M.K, and Armstrong A, 2002, Ethics and Governance Reforms in Public Sector – A Commentary, Paper Presented at the II International Conference on Ethics in Griffith University, Brisbane, International Institute of Ethics and Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics.
  • Mishra M.K, 2003, Metaphysics of Governance: Business Vs Ethical Issues, Is the dynamics of Governances Contentious?, Paper presented at the Association of Indian Management Schools 15th Annual Convention 2003.
  • Mishra M.K, and Armstrong A, 2003, Role of Ethics in Governance Reforms: A Public Sector Perspective, Paper published in the Annual Journal of Indian Institute of Public Administration, Vol. XI, 2003, IIPA, New Delhi.
  • Mishra M.K, 2005, edited the Journal published at the 8th National Conference on e-Governance conducted by the Department of Information Technology and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India.
  • Mishra M.K. and Armstrong A, 2005, Ethics and Governance in the Public Sector – A Seamless Convergence, Paper published in the 8th National Conference on e-Governance Journal.
  • Mishra M.K., 2005, Corporate Good Governance and Social Responsibility, A Universal Mystique Reality – Paradigm Shift Required., Paper (Refreed)Presented in 9th International Conference on Marketing and Developments, Athens, Greece.