“Paragon of Leadership & Public Service”

by Subhechcha Ganguly

Anubhav Patnaik, Advisor, Odisha Electronics & IT Department

Anubhav Patnaik is a man of many talents and the true epitome of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.He is a well- known spokesperson for the ruling party BJD for his wit & gravitas to decimate its opponents at ease.In his recent portfolio, he has made a significant impact in the fields of electronics and information technology as the advisor to Odisha’s Electronics & IT department.

Born on the 15th of August, 1980, in the millennium city of Cuttack, Odisha, Shri Patnaik hails from a family of sterling political lineage, with his father, the late Arun Kumar Patnaik, having served as an MLA in the state assembly. Imbued with the spirit of his parents’ unwavering commitment to bringing about positive change in the lives of their constituents, Shri Patnaik was inspired by the likes of Biju Pattnaik, a former Chief Minister of Odisha and his political idol.

Motivated by a deep sense of civic duty, Shri Patnaik forsook a lucrative career to contest the 2014 elections as an MLA of the Biju Janata Dal, representing the Khandapada assembly constituency, where he emerged victorious against Shri Soumya Ranjan Patnaik.

A paragon of leadership, Shri Patnaik, has been recognized by esteemed organizations such as NASSCOM and Tata Trusts, who have invited him to share his experiences in the domains of agriculture and digital technology. He has also served as a board member of esteemed institutions such as Xavier University Bhubaneswar, IIIT Bhubaneswar, and the Odisha State Housing Board.

With a passion for governance and public service, Shri Patnaik participated in the “Professional Fellows Program on Governance and Society, South and Central Asia” held in the United States, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by World Learning, which aimed to foster a two-way exchange of ideas and best practices in policymaking and legislative processes among emerging leaders from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the U.S

A proud Odia, Shri Patnaik has also graced the roadshow held by the Odisha government in the run-up to the third Make in Odisha Conclave, bearing testament to his unwavering commitment to the upliftment of his state and its people.”

Anubhav Patnaik has always been a socially conscious individual who believes in using his skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in society. He joined politics to bring about change and has been actively involved in public service since then.

His contributions to the field of electronics and information technology are unparalleled. Under his leadership, the Electronics & IT department in Odisha has launched several innovative projects that have helped in the growth and development of the state’s IT sector. Some of his notable achievements include the successful implementation of the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN) project, which has connected all the government offices in the state and has significantly improved the efficiency of the government services. He has also played a crucial role in the development of the state’s IT infrastructure and has established several new IT parks and technology hubs in the state.

Patnaik is a visionary leader who has made a significant impact in the field of electronics and information technology. His academic qualifications, political career, and notable achievements are a testament to his dedication and hard work. With his guidance, the Odisha’s Electronics & IT department will reach new heights in the years to come.

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