Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, Professor of Anthropology in Delhi University, has been appointed as new vice-chancellor (VC) of the Utkal University. According to the notification issued by the office of Odisha Governor, Patnaik will take charge from professor Ashok Das as the next VC. Notably, Patnaik, who is the President of Indian Anthropological Association, has been teaching Social Anthropology for the last 24 years. He was a Fulbright –Nehru Visiting Lecturer at VT Institute for Policy and Governance /Urban Affairs and Planning Virginia Tech University, USA (August 2011 to Jan 2012). He was also visiting faculty to many universities both home and abroad. He is also the chairperson, managing committee of International Students house for women (DU).