Bhubaneswar: Eminent economist turned environmentalist of Odisha and Padma Shri Awardee Prof Radhamohan is no more. He passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Friday.
Born on January 30, 1943, at Rangani Patna village in the ex-princely state of Nayagarh, Radhamohan had completed his schooling in Odgaon and had graduated with Honours in Economics from the SCS College, Puri. He did his Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Utkal University in the year 1965.
Radhamohan taught Economics in different Government colleges. Worked with Government of India for 3 years and besides teaching, also worked with State Government in various capacities in Departments like Science, Technology and Environment, Education & Youth Services, and Rural Development. He retired as Principal, SCS College (Autonomous), Puri, in January 2001.
He worked for some time as a Member, State Planning Board, Member, Advisory Committee, State Watershed Mission, Member, Task Force on Education, Member, State Wildlife Advisory Committee, NSS Advisory Committee, Member, Steering Committee on Joint Forest Management, Member, NSS Evaluation Committee, Government of India, State Information Commissioner and so on.
He is the founder of Sambhav, a grassroot level initiative that is functioning as a resource centre for farmers across the country to learn organic farming techniques.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) had conferred him ‘The Global Roll of Honour’ for distinguished work on the environment. He had been bestowed with the highest civilian award of Utkal Seva Samman by the State Government for dedicated public service.
Radhamohan and his daughter Sabarmatee had been conferred with the Padma Shri last year for their work in agriculture. They had been able to share knowledge and train farmers and several interested people on techniques of organic farming through Sambhav, which was established on March 8, 1989.
The father-daughter duo had been successful in transforming one acre of land into a 90-acre forest by growing over 1,000 varieties of plants and 500 varieties of rice using only organic techniques. Their food forest also has three rainwater harvesting ponds.