Eminent educationist, philanthropist and founder of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Dr Achyuta Samanta, was conferred with the honorary doctorate degree by the Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar at the 5th convocation of the university.

He was awarded for his contributions to the field of tribal empowerment through quality education to tribal children, healthcare and rural development, and to art, culture, and literature.

He was also the guest of honour at the convocation ceremony. This is the 49th honorary doctorate for Dr Samanta.

He took to social media to express his gratitude for the honour.