PROF. BHUBANESWAR BEHERA
Born on 01.01.1916 at village Kashibahal in the then princely
state of Kalahandi. Early education at Bhawanipatna, passed his matriculation
in 1935. He had his B.Sc.(Hons), Physics from Revenshaw College,
Cuttack in 1939. Obtained B.Sc.(Engg.) Hons. degree in Civil Engineering
in 1943 from Bihar College of Engg. Patna. After an apprenticeship
in Government of Orissa, Works Department and the Irrigation Dept.
of the then princely state of Mysore, in the Jog Hydro Power Project
joined as an Asst. Engineer with special charge of irrigation under
the Kalahandi, Darbar in Feb. 1945.
He came across the perennial Indravati flowing across the Thuamul
Rampur Plateau of Kalahandi, a tributary of Godavari running parallel to
the Eastern Ghats. He visualised that the diversion of the river
Indravati to Hati River will create an artificial water fall from a height
of 2000 feet which will generate hydropower and will also provided
perennial water supply for irrigation. He prepared a preliminary scheme
and submitted the same to the Maharaja for his consideration. The
Maharaja was enhrilled with his work.
Late Prof. Behera was selected by Govt. of India as a post war reconstruction
scholar for higher studies abroad obtained Masters degree from the
state university of IOWA, USA in 1947.
Joined Kalahandi State Government as Irrigation Engineer in 1947 on
merger of the princely state of Kalahandi into Orissa in 1948.
Late Prof. Behera was deputed to work in the Hirakud Dam Project
where he worked as Asst. Engineerr and Executive Engineer till 1956.
Joined the University College of Engineering, Burla and become Professor,
Civil Engineering in 1958. Late Prof Behera became the Principal
of University College of Engineering, Burla in 1961.
Joined Regional Engineering College, Rourkela in Feb. 1962 as its
first principal and remained till 1971.
He was appointed as Vice-chancellor, Sambalpur University in 1971,
remained till 1976.
In 1977, Govt. of India sent him to the Democratic Republic of Liberia
in West Africa as an Advisor for Technical Education.
Later appointed as member of Das Committee by Govt. of Orissa to
recommend establishment of Colleges in Orissa.
He also worked as Member, Orissa State Planning Board. He joined
as Member of the Union Public Service Commission and remained till
Behind every great personality there is usually a lady behind and
in the case of Late Prof. Behera the good old lady was Late Uma Devi who
has enriched the family tradition by their illustrious daughter:
Dr. Yashodhara Mishra and three sons: one a Doctor, one an IPS Officer
and the other an IRTS.
His essay book "Suna Parikshya" earned him Orissa Sahitya Academy
Award and his novel "Gaonro Daka" earned him the prestigious "Sarala
He also has bagged the "Sarala Sanman" and "Prajatantra Prachar Samity
The Utkal Pathak Sansad, Cuttack has conferred on him "Sahitya Sudhakar"
Sambalpur University and Utkal University have conferred on him Doctorate
of Science(Honoris Causa) degree.
He is also the recipient of "Utkal Ratna" in 1998.
He has authored 8 books and several research papers.
Source : Dr. Saroj Kumar Patel, Sr. Lecturer(Mech. Engg.) and Project Officer, Nodal Centre for Orissa(NTMIS), Regional Engineering College, ROURKELA-769008(Orissa), India. [email@example.com]
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