Sambalpur: The prestigious Gangadhar national award for poetry was given to Odia poet and retired IAS officer Rajendra Kishore Panda at the 45th Foundation Day function of Sambalpur University.

It was noteworthy to mention that Panda is the 20th recipent of the award that carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a shawl and a citation. The award was constituted by Sambalpur University in memory of poet Gangadhar Meher (1862-1924), who is known as Swabhab Kabi.

“Rajendra Panda was selected for the award for his work on modern Odia poetry,” said Vice-chancellor B C Barik.