Noted social activist and writer Manorama Mohapatra has been awarded with the Shakuntala Samman for this year. The award, constituated in the memory of the wife of noted barrister Ranjit Mohanty, has been conferred in the eve of her first death anniversary for significant achivement in social sector. The ceremony was organized in the BRM-IIT auditorium by Shakuntala Memorial Committee. The ceremony was presided by Prof. H K Mishra and was attended by Prof. P K Sahoo, the Vice-chancellor of Utkal University, and Sanjukta Mohanty.