Our beloved Director, Ar. K B Mohapatra left for his heavenly abode on the 28th of Januray, 2019 due to a massive cardiac arrest at his residence in Cuttack. His last rites were performed at Swargadwar, Puri, a place very close to his heart.
A condolence meeting was held on Wednesday at 11:30 am in the podium of Piloo Mody College of Architecture and attended by faculty members, students and close associates of the college.
The prayer ceremony began by observing a few minutes of silence in honour of the departed soul. All those who had gathered on the occasion paid their respects and offered floral tributes.
Ar. Kunja Bihari Mohapatra, a successful entrepreneur and educationist, was the founder & director of ABIT-Piloo Mody College of Architecture. He was born to Late Shri Hare Krushna Mohapatra on 24th of July in the year 1940 at Cuttack, Odisha. He completed his Bachelor’s in Architecture from Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai & started his practice in Odisha, being the second person in the State to do so.
Besides being a professional architect for over 31 years, Ar. Mohapatra has contributed immensely to the field of architectural education in Odisha through his trust ABIT-PMCA. He was the Ex-Chairman of I.I.A., Orissa Chapter and was the President of the Council of Architecture for a brief period. He was also an Ex-Member of the Central Regional Committee of All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi and the Ex-Director of Board of Directors of Odisha Bridge & Construction Corporation td.
He was an active member of Rotary Club, Cuttack (Odisha); Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industries Ltd.
In recognition of his distinguished contribution as a professional and an academician, Ar. K.B Mohapatra was honoured with “The Visveswarya Award 2013” by The Orissa Engineers Foru, Cuttack, being the only Architect in Odisha to have received this Award.
He was also honoured with the “Otto Koenigsberger Lifetime Achievement Award” by IIA, Odisha Chapter in 2013 and “Mahatab Sanman” by Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab Jayanti Committee in 2015.
Fondly known as “Dada” among the national architectural fraternity, his contribution shall always be cherished by everyone whose lives he has touched.
This irreparable loss shall be deeply mourned and the void shall remain in our hearts through the years to come.
“Rest in Peace, Sir.”
AJAY BINAY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY - PILOO MODY COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE is located on an enchanting landscaped setting characterized by its lustrous and pale green stretch of land on the bank of River Kathjori and is spread over 10 acres of land in Sector-1, C.D.A. of Cuttack. Piloo Mody College of Architecture is the first self financed institution in eastern India, imparting architecture education.It is approved by Council of Architecture, New Delhi and affiliated to Biju Pattnaik University of Technology(BPUT), Rourkela.
PMCA was established in 1993.