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Dr. (M/S) Somarani Chand

Somarani Chand Name : Somarani Chand
Designation : Reader & HEAD
Qualification : Ph.D., LL.B.
Phone No. : +91 9439638036
E-mail ID : somachand20(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Ancient Indian History
  • Modern Indian History
  • 19th Century Bengali Literature with relation to Odisha

  • Orissa History
  • Modern India
  • Cultural History
  • Historiography (Orissa and India)
  • Ph.D. Guidance
    • Dharanidhar Khuntia (Awarded). Title: British Excise Policy & People’s Resistance Movement in Orissa (1803-1947).
    • Akashay Kumar Patra (Awarded). Title: Role of Sarangadhar Das in Prajamandal Movement
    • Abhay Ku. Swain (Under Supervision). Title: A Study of Third Congress Ministry in Orissa (1950-1956): An Historical Perspective
17 Zenana in Purdah and Zenana Education in Orissa, Journal of Odishan History, Vol.XXV. Dec.2012, pp.126-129. ISSN-2277-5560.
18 Documenting the Social History of a Village: Nature & Culture in Odishaar Chitra, Journal of Odisha History Congress, Vol. XXVI, Dec.2013, pp.28-37. ISSN-2277-5560.
1 Kantakabi and Freedom Lore in Journal of U.G.C. Sponsored National Seminar at Choudwar College, Feb.1999, pp.70-73.
2 National Struggle in Orissa as Documented by Prof. Jagannath Patnaik in Landmark of Quit India Movement in Orissa, Ravenshaw Historical Journal Vol.3, 2003, pp.73-77.
3 Wars as Depicted in Sarala Mahabharat, Ravenshaw Historical Journal, Vol. IV. 2005. pp.51-56.
4 Rama Devi and Sebaghar, Journal of Orissan History, Vol. XVIII. Dec.2005. pp.117-124, ISSN-2277-5560.
5 Nationalist References in Modern Oriya Poetry, Ravenshaw Historical Journal, Vol. V, 2005, pp.94-100.
6 Women Education in Koraput: A Case Study of Primary and Higher Education, Journal of UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Women Education in KBK Districts of Orissa 2006, pp.42-43.
7 The Role of Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab in the Struggle for Freedom and the Merger of Princely States, Orissa Review, Vol.LVII. No.4, Nov.2000, pp.23-28. ISSN. 0970-8669.
8 Madhubabu and Oriya Nationalism, Orissa Review, Vol.LVII, No.7, Feb.2001, pp.23-26. ISSN-0970-8669.
9 August Kranti and Jatiya Sarkars in Orissa. Orissa Review, Vol. LXI, No.1. August 2004, pp.18-23. ISSN-0970-8669.
10 Orissan Temple Architecture, Orissa Review Vol. LXII, No.4, Nov.2005, pp.45-47. ISSN-0970-8669.
11 Kantakabi Laxmikanta and Nationalist Poems, Orissa Review Vol. LXIII, No.1 Aug. 2006, pp.43-47. ISSN-0970-8669.
12 Bhadrakali: A Complete Study, Orissa Review No. LXVI, No.2, Sept.2009, pp.126-131. ISSN-0970-8669.
13 The Socio-Cultural Significance of Car Festival, Orissa Review, Vol. LXVII, No.12. July, 2011. pp.19-21. ISSN-0970-8669.
14 Nationalist References in Meher’s Poetry. The Journal of Orissa History Vol. XIX, Dec., 2006, pp.129-134. ISSN-2270-5560.
15 Sun Temple of Palia, The Orissa Historical Research Journal, Orissa State Museum, Vol. LII, No.1 & 2, 2011. pp. 95-102. ISSN-0474-7267.
16 Oriya Language and Literature: Growth and Development (upto Independence), The Orissa Historical Research Journal, Vol. LIII, No. 1&2, Orissa State Museum, 2012, pp.90-120. ISSN-0474-7267.
19 The Republic of Orissa. A Subaltem Approach of Reconstructing Oriya Identity in Journal of Odishan History. Vol. XXVIII, Dec. 2014, pp.75-84. ISSN-2277-5560.
20 Vivekananda: The Humanist in Odisha Review, Jan. 2015, pp. 18-20. ISSN-0970-8669.
21 Indigenous Toiletry of Subaltern Women in 19th Century Orissa : Nature and Culture in Odishar Chitra ?" in Odisha Historical Research Journal, Vol. LIV, No. 1 & 2, Odisha State Museum, May 2015, pp. 15-33.
22 Jagannath in Literature: Sri Purushottam Chandrika, Revisited in Odisha Review, Vol. LXXI, No. 12, July 2015, pp. 60-68, ISSN ?" 0970-8669.
23 Jagannath in Evolution of Odia Identity: A Study of Kanchikaveri. Journal of Odishan History, Vol. XXVIII, Dec. 2015, pp. 35-47, ISSN ?" 2277 ?" 5560.
24 Udishyar Itihas: A Historiographical Overview. Proceedings of the 36th Session of Odishan History Congress, 2015, pp. 87-97, ISSN ?" 2277 ?" 744X.

Women Education in Koraput. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Women Education in KBK Districts of Orissa, Govt. Women’s College, Bhawanipatna.. 29th ?? 30th March 2006.
Odisha as Gleandrom “Amar Jivan Katha”. National Conference on Writing the Self: Autobiography as a Cultural and Historical Discourse, Ravenshaw University, 17th ?? 18th Jan. 2014.
Indigenous Primary Education in 19th Century Orissa, A Study from Udishyar Chitra. 35th Session of Orissa History Congress, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar, 22-23rd Feb., 2014.
The Importance of being Bhadrak (H). Orissa History Congress, Bhadrak, 1992.
Mahtab and Gandhian Constructive Works. XVII All India Freedom Fighter’s Conference, Bhubaneswar, 2004.
The Trial of Nanda Kumar: A Retrospective Study. XVIII All India Freedom Fighter’s Conference, Bhubaneswar, 2005.
Seminar on Martial Tradition of Orissa, 23rd ?? 25th Nov., 2003, Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, War References in Sarala Mahabharat.
Kuntala Kumari & Nationalist Poems. UGC sponsored State Level Seminar on Women’s Participation in the Freedom Movement of Orissa, Vyasanagar College,5th Sept. 2005.
Women Education in 19th Century Orissa. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Women Education in Orissa, S.B. Women’s College, Cuttack, 15th & 16th January, 2005.
Tribal Migration in Orissa: An Economic Study. UGC sponsored State Level Seminar on Tribals of Orissa, the Changing Socio-Economic Profile, Vyasanagar College, 17th Dec. 2006.
Women Empowerment: The Educational Dimension. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Empowering Women in India, Ravenshaw Autonomous College, 27th & 28th Oct. 2006.
Odishara Chitra ?? A Historiographical Study. UGC sponsored National Seminar on State & Society in Orissa through the Ages, Ravenshaw Autonomous College, 9th - 10th April 2004.
S.C. Banerjee Report and Patanagarh Estate. ICHR sponsored National Seminar on Sources of History of Orissa: Identification, Documentation and Utilisation, Ravenshaw Autonomous College, 23rd - 24th April 2005.
Paraja Culture as Projected in Gopinath Mohanty’s Paraja. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Cultural Identity of Tribals of Orissa: Background, Changes and Continuities, Ravenshaw Autonomous College, 22nd & 23rd April, 2005.
Particpiant. ICHR sponsored National Seminar on Maritime Activities of Orissa from Earliest Time to the Present Day, Ravenshaw University, 8th Nov. 2009.
Women Participation in Freedom Struggle with reference to Bhadrak District .UGC sponsored State Level Seminar on Freedom Struggle in Bhadrak District, Participation, Ideology & Local Variation, at A B College Basudevpur, Bhadrak, 09th - 10th March 2008.
Salandi Valley Culture at Bhadrak. XXIX Session of Orissa History Congress, S.B. Women’s College, Cuttack, 19th & 20th Jan. 2008.
Karma Mandir of Mahatab: A Programme of Mass Mobilisation. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab & His time, Harekrushna Mahatab College, Kupari, 26th & 27th Sept. 2010.
The Poems of Madhu Babu: Reconstruction of Odia Identity.UGC sponsored Seminar on Madhusudan Das and Odia Identity, S.B. Women’s College, Cuttack, 22nd Feb. 2012.
Women Empowerment: Mission Shakti. ICHR sponsored National Seminar on Empowering Women for Self-sustenance & Leadership through Higher Education, Govt. Women’s College, Sambalpur, 16th - 17th March 2013.
Vivekananda: The Humanist. National Seminar on Vivekanand and World Culture, organized by Department of Culture, Govt. of Chhatisgarh & Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Ashram and Vivekananda Vidyapeeth Raipur, 23rd - 24th March 2013.
Resource Person.UGC sponsored National Seminar on Contemporary Indian Education and Society: Relevance of Swami Vivekananda, at Fakir Chand College, Diamond Harbour, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, 12th & 13th Sept. 2013.
Raja of Agarpada and Freedom Movement. UGC sponsored National Seminar on Contribution of Royal Houses of Odisha to the Freedom Movement, T.S.D. College, Ganjam, 7th to 9th Feb. 2013.
Bhadrak: A Place Name Study. Joint Conference of Epigraphical Society of India & Place Names Society of India & National Seminar on Indian Epigraphy: Challenges & Opportunity, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 16th to 18th Nov., 2013.
Certificate of Attendance at 74th Session of Indian History Congress at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 28 - 30th Dec. 2013.
Tribal Displacement: A Case Study of Kalinganagar. National Seminar on Industrial Development & Tribal Displacement: Reflection on a Core Issue, Pranakrishna Mahavidyalaya, Jajpur, 09th & 10th Feb. 2014.
Women Education in Odisha: A Study From first Half of 20th Century. International Conference on Literate Voices : Building Literary for all S. B. Women’s College, Cuttack in Collaboration with California State University, Fresno, U.S.A. 6th Jan. 2014.
Reconstructing Odia Identity through Soshee Chunder Dutta’s “The Young Zemindar”. International Conference on Writing India: Colonial, Post-Colonial and Transitional Fiction, Department of English, Ravenshaw University, 16 ?? 17th Jan. 2015.
Udishyar Chitra : A Historiographical Overview. 36th Annual Session of Odisha History Congress, at Kendrapada Autonomous College, Kendrapada, 31st Jan. - 1st Feb. 2015.
Kokiladevi and Gandhian Ideology. National Seminar on Women in Odishan History, P. G. Dept. of History, Utkal University, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar, 22-23rd Feb. 2015.
Workshop on Security Concerns of Women Organised by Police Commissionirate, Bhubaneswar ?? Cuttack, 5th May, 2015.
National Workshop on Development, Displacement and Resistance: Mapping Contemporary Social Movements in India/Odihsa, Ravenshaw University, 10 ?? 11th August 2015.
Resource Person. U.G. C. Sponsored National Seminar on Empowerment of Women Through Higher Education: The Precursor of Development at Sushilavati Govt. Women’s College, Rourkela, 4th - 5th July, 2015.
On Kanika Praja Movement - “Mahatab and Kanika Meli”. State Level Seminar at Ghanteswar Degree College, Bhadrak, 11th - 12 th July, 2015.
Universalism in Jagannath Culture. National Seminar on History and Culture of Shree Jagannath ?? Its Impact on Socio- Religious and Political Life of the People of Odisha at Lakshmi Narayan Sahoo Mahavidyalay, Cuttack, 20th ?? 21st Sept. 2015.
Women Liberation: Micro Study of Tagore’s Family. International seminar on Security, Environment, Gender and Violence at S.B. Women’s College, Cuttack, 7th Nov. 2015.
Skill based Workshop in History at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, 17th ?? 18th Nov. 2015.
State Level Seminar cum Regional Session of Odisha History Congress at Bhadrak College, Bhadrak, 14th ?? 15th Nov. 2015.

1 S. Chand. Harekrushna Mahatab & Freedom Struggle (1920-1947). Firma KLM Pvt. Ltd., Calcutta, 1997, ISBN-81-7102-070-4.
2 M. Das, S. Chand, K. Jena. Indian Society & Culture. Kalyani Publisher, Ludhiana, 2005. (English ISBN-81-272-2498-7 & Odia ISBN-81-272-3020-0).
3 S. Chand and S. Tripathy. History of the India. Satyanarayan Publisher, Cuttack- 2007, 2013 (New Course) (English ISBN-81-8118-089-5 & Odia ISBN-81-8118-015-2).
4 S. Chand. +2 History of the World. Satyanarayan Publisher, Cuttack- 2007, 2013 (New Course) (English ISBN-81-8118-094-1 & Odia ISBN-81-8118-094-3).
5 S. Chand. Sangrami Harekrushna Mahatab (Odia), Agraduta, Cuttack, 2015. (ISBN 81-86354-128-6).
6 S. Chand. Bharata Itihasara Adyaprava O Aryadharana, Translated to Odia from ‘India’ Historical Beginnings and The concept of the Aryans (ed. Romila Thapar), National Book Trust, New Delhi, 2010. ISBN-978-81-237-5930-2.
7 S. Chand. Odishar Itihasa O Parichiti ?? Translated to Odia from ‘Republic of Orissa, (English), History of Orissa. Orissar Chitra and Orissar Katha in Bengali, Prafulla, Jagatsinghpur, (In Press).

1 UGC Minor Research Project on “Archaeological Remains of Salandi Valley Culture at Bhadrak”, Letter No. F.6-9(5)/94 (HRP) dated 04.06.94 for a grant of Rs. 9000/-
2 ICHR Grant on “Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab: His Contribution to Freedom Struggle of India”, Letter No. 5-192/92, dated 03.06.92 of Rs. 5000/-.
3 UGC Minor Research Project on “Gandhiji’s Padayatra & Gandhian Constructive Work in Orissa”, Letter No. F. PHO-052/03-04 dated 12.03.2004 for Rs. 90000/-.

12 Mahanadi Saraswata Samman by Saraswati Santhan, Mahanadi Vihar, Cuttack, 2015.
1 Ganashyam Dash Gold Medal 1978 by Utkal Univeristy for topper in B.A (History).
2 Hamendranath Gold Medal, 1978 Rotary Club, Bhadrak, for topper in B.A (History).
3 Smruti Kabita Samman 1998 by Pitambar Swain Smruti Sansad, Bhadrak 1998.
4 Best Commentator Award by Prabhat Literary and Cultural Center 1998.
5 Analyst Award in Zilla Yuva Utsava, Bhadrak 1998.
6 Manorama Literary Award 2004.
7 Samaroha Literary Award 2008.
8 Sudhanya Literary Award 2008.
9 Mahodadhi Literary Award ?? 2011.
10 Saraswati Sahitya Sadhana Samman ?? 2013 (On the occasion of silver Jubilee Celebration of Saraswati Sisu Vidya Mandir, Nayabazar, Cuttack).
11 Ramamani Smruti Samman ?? 2014 by Rammani Parmanik Smruti Sansad, Bhadrak.

  • Lecturer Nov. 1981 – Jan. 1988 Bhadrak College, Bhadrak
  • Lecturer Jan. 1988 – April 1988 N.C. College, Jajpur
  • Reader April 1988 – Nov. 1999 Bhadrak College, Bhadrak
  • Sr. Reader Nov. 1999- Aug. 2002 J.K.B.K. College, Cuttack
  • Sr. Reader Aug. 2002 – Sept. 2010 Ravenshaw College, Cuttack
  • Sr. Reader Sept. 2010 – Sept. 2013 R.D. Women’s, Bhubaneswar
  • Sr. Reader Sept. 2013 – Nov. 2015 S.B. Women’s, Cuttack
  • Sr. Reader Dec. 2015 - Present Utkal University
  • Literature & Translation
    • Manerakhibar Swar - (Poetry Book in Odia), Bhubaneswar 1997.
    • Kargil Kavyanjali - (Poetry Book in Odia), Bhubaneswar 1999
    • Odishar Chitra (Translation), Cuttack, 2006 ISBN-81-7412-229-1
    • Sonia Agnihotri (Translation), Cuttack, 2009.
    • Aenid (Translation), Cuttack, 2010.
    • Piu O Tara Jadu Sanga (Odia) - Translated from Hindi, National Book Trust, New Delhi, 2013. - ISBN-81-2376-861-3.
    • Bhabaku Nikata - (Story Book in Odia), Cuttack 2014, ISBN-81-8118-019-4
    • Parama Prapti - (Story Book in Odia), Cuttack, 2015, ISBN-81-8118-146-8
    • Nimbaba (Odia) - National Book Trust, New Delhi, (In Press).