Lokvani Honors Community Heroes - VI
Lokvani is delighted to present the final community hero to be honored at the 2nd Annual Lokvani Community and Youth Night to be held on Dec. 15 at Ambrosia Banquet Hall in Foxborough, MA. Nishikanta Sahoo is being recognized for his tireless support of community work. We humbly salute his work. In addition to honoring the heroes, the evening features great entertainment, a lovely feast and DJ dancing. Come celebrate the holidays with us!
Nishikanta Sahoo had taken the initiative and leadership in promoting/sharing Odishan arts and culture in various forums like Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Bagong Kulturang Pinoy (BKP) Philippines, Indian Association of Greater Boston (IAGB), ISKCON, beyond the local chapter activities of Odisha Society of America (OSA). He had also taken the initiative to organize special programs for various visiting renowned artists from Odisha.
He had actively contributed/supported Rural Mathematics Talent Search (RMTS) program in Odisha via SEEDS, USA, and taken initiative in setting up RMTS examination center in his village through his family and friends. Many bright students from his native place received scholarships and one girl student from his village secured top position in Mathematics Olympiad in the state of Odisha and 4th position in India.
He was a Foundation For Excellence (FFE) coordinator volunteer in USA. Many bright and needy students received scholarships through this program in his native place and college.
Within Odisha Society of Americas (OSA), he has been actively involved/led various Odisha development projects and seminars.
He had taken initiative to organize a seminar on "Waste Management: Challenges/opportunities in Odisha" in Washington, DC in July 2015 during OSA convention involving key policy makers from Govt of Odisha and subject matter experts from Waste Management Inc, National Waste & Recycling Association. A team comprising visiting key policy maker from Govt. of Odisha visited US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator and experts for a discussion.
He, along with "OSA Public Library Initiative (OPLI)" volunteers, taken initiative to organize several "public library development" seminars/open forums in USA and Odisha/India. Odisha Society of America (OSA) had proposed/funded Govt. of Odisha to establish Information & Communication Technology (ICT) enabled model public libraries in cyclone and flood affected area of Odisha. The CM of Odisha inaugurated the first digital public library of Odisha in Berhampur, Odisha in August 2017. OSA has been actively pursuing/advocating for a "well integrated modern public library system in Odisha". He has been leading the efforts and has taken initiative to establish an "Odisha Public Library Initiative (OPLI)" fund in OSA to support public library movement in Odisha/India.
Sri Sahoo had served as president of Odisha Society of New England (OSNE) in the past from 2009 to 2011. He has been working in the networking and communication industry and currently lives in Nashua, NH with his family.
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