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  • UGC National Lectures, 1970-71 (Year it was instituted) and 1983-84

    • The only person from Odisha chosen for the Lectures at Universities across the country (University of Delhi, Delhi; Ravishankar University, Raipur; and Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad) in its inaugural edition

  • First Visiting Fellow, Anthropological Survey of India, Govt of India, 1972-73

  • President, Anthropology and Sociology Section of the 4th India Social Science Congress, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, 1979

  • Chair, Session on “Cultural and Historical Background of Scheduled Tribes” at Seminar on Development Aspects of Tribal Areas, organized by National Committee on Development of Backward Areas of the Planning Commission, 1980

  • Member, UGC Visiting Committee for 6th Five Year Plan, 1980-85

  • Mahatma Gandhi Freedom Lecture, Williamsburg USA, 1985

    • Other Speakers include Mr. K R Narayanan, Former President of India, Ambassador to the US at time of talk, Senator Benigno Aquino of Philippines, Husband of President Corazon Aquino and father of President Benigno Aquino

  • National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)

    • 1st from Odisha to be awarded

  • Science, Culture and Development: L K Mahapatra Felicitation Volume edited by N K Behura and K C Tripathy, Paragon Publishers, 1992

  • Swami Pranavananda Award 1993 for Sociology/Social Anthropology by UGC, 1993

    • 1st from Odisha to get UGC’s Highest Award for Social Sciences

  • R P Chanda Birth Centenary Memorial Medal, The Asiatic Society, Calcutta, 1994

  • R P Mohapatra, Memorial Award (as a social historian), Bhubaneswar, 1996

  • Certificate of Honour for outstanding contribution to North East Indian Studies awarded by the North East India Council for Social Science Research, Shillong, 1999

  • Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Anthropology by the Indian Anthropological Society, 2004

  • Nirmal Kumar Bose Memorial Lecture, 2006 Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, 2006.

  • Valedictory Talk at All India Sociological Conference, Ravenshaw University, 2010

  • Think Odisha Leadership Award as Educationist by the Times of India, 2011

  • Felicitation for Lifetime Achievement, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), 2015

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