Bhubaneswar: Centenarian teacher Padma Shri Nanda Prusty has been admitted to Tata Steel Medica Hospital in Gobarghati of Jajpur district after he tested positive for Covid-19, said sources on Tuesday.
The 102-year-old teacher, popularly known as ‘Nanda Sir’ or ‘Nanda Mastre’, had collapsed in his house at Kantira village in Jajpur district yesterday. He was rushed to the district headquarters hospital where he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Following it, he was shifted to the Tata Steel Medica Hospital, a designated Covid Hospital. His condition was reported to be critical and he is on oxygen support.
It is worthwhile to mention that, Prusty had received the Padma Shri from President Ram Nath Kovind at Delhi on November 9. It was a heart-warming moment when Nanda Sir raised his hands to bless President Ram Nath Kovind during the Padma Awards ceremony.
While the centenraian teacher received the honour for his contributions in the field of education, a photograph of Prusty blessing President Kovind after getting the award had gone viral on social media.
Prusty dedicated himself to providing free education for children and adults in Jajpur in Odisha. His main goal was to eradicate illiteracy in his village. He has been teaching both children and senior citizens in his village free of charge since the past several decades and wishes to remove illiteracy.