Padma Shri awardee Nanda Kishore Prusty no more

Bhubaneswar: Veteran teacher Padma Shri Nanda Kishore Prusty passed away on Tuesday while undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He succumbed to the deadly virus Covid-19. He was 104-years-old.

Earlier on Sunday, November 28, Nanda Prusty was admitted to the Sukinda Community Health Center (CHC) due to health issues and later shifted to District Headquarter Hospital (DHH), Jajpur as his health condition deteriorated.

Later on Monday, November 29 night, he was shifted to Tata Steel Medical Hospital in Jajpur for further treatment. He was unwell for the past few days and was suffering from fever, cough, and other old-age ailments.

Nanda Prusty  was admitted to the Sum Hospital in Bhubaneswar on November 30 after he tested Covid-19 positive.

The centenarian is a resident of Kantira village in Sukinda block. Nanda Prusty, popularly known as ‘Nanda Master’, was honoured with Padma Shri on November 9 for his long contribution in the field of Literature and Education as well as Social Service.

He had to discontinue his studies post-Class 7 and has been on a mission to wipe out illiteracy from society since then. He has been teaching children and adults of Kantira and nearby villages free of cost in a temporary shed for decades.

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