Prof. P.M. Nayak
A Sahitya Academy Award winner Prof. P.M. Nayak who ranked first in MA (Eng.) in Orissa in 1962 was principal in three degree colleges and registrar in two Universities of the province. He was elected member of the all India university Administrators association New Delhi in 1997.
Dr. Nayak chaired tow session in the European association of commonwealth language and literature studies Austria in 1993. He is at present director of the centrally sponsored Valmiki Ramayana project under Rastriya Sanskrit University, Tirupati, countries visited Germany U.K. Switzerland and Austria.
With publications in national and international journals which include commonwealth Novel in English, Virginia, Indian writing in English, Karnataka, Orissa Review, Orissa historical research Journal etc. Prof. Nayak’s voice of silence sonepur Durbar & Indian cultural traditions from Donaldson an American Orientalist some of his important translations include Pavanadutam by Kaviraj Dhoyi (EZCC Kolkata and Orissa Sahitya Academy) Utkal Laxmi by Gangadhar Meher (Sambalpur University) The Prophet B Gibran Ben Hur by Lewis Wallace (Vidyapuri, Cuttack) My Gipsy life by Padmasri LN Sahu (LN Sahu Memorial trust cuttack) Etc. the works he has edited are celestial infancy and other Essays on wordsworth (Anmol, New Delhi) Feminism and Indian English Fiction (PBD, Bereilly), The Voyage Inward (Bahri New Delhi) Confluence (Gyan, Books, New Delhi) Tales of our times (Cambridge) Inscriptions of Sonepur (Readworthy New Delhi) Songs of the soul (LN Sahu Memorial trust Cuttack) Sangita O Lokagita (EZCC Kolkata) Etc.
Prof. P. Geervani
Born in Tiruttani on 15th November 1936 in a traditional family devoted to Sri Rama completed B.Sc in 1955. M.Sc in 1960 and Ph.D. in foods and nutrition in 1977 from Madras University.
Started career as lecturer in Sri Padmavathi Women’s College in 1957 moved to the post of dietitian in 1960, and to Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in 1968 as associate Prof. Held position of Prof. and dean in Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University Hyderabad till 1994. Took Up the position of Vice chancellor at Sri Padmavathi Mahila University From 1994 and retired in 1997.
Received international prize for research on technology for child Nutrition published over a hundred scientific papers in addition to few chapters in books. Selected as a fellow of united Nations University, Tokyo in 1986 as Fulbright scholar in 1987 as FAO consultant in 1991-94 and as fellow of national academy of Agriculture Science in 1999.
Inspired by the teachings of H.H. Swamy Chinmayananda studied Bhagavat Gita and Upanishads and participated in discussion at spiritual camps of Chinmaya Mission. Awakened to the beauty of epics by the enlightening discourses on Ramayan and Bhagavatam of H.H. Swamy Tejomayananda Global head at Chinmaya Mission decided to study Ramayana of Valmiki in detail. Motivated by the wonderful presentation of Human values and philosophy in the epic, decided to undertake translation of valmiki Ramayana in 2000 and monitor the project Valmiki Ramayana undertaken by Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati A.P.
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