The book, A Journey of Life with Divine Blessings, is an autobiography of Prof. Dr. G.K. Roy, a pioneer teacher, professor and engineer in technology education in Odisha. The biography depicts his life and times, along with his memories and takes on important events in Odisha, India and the global technical space spanning a period of over five decades through the second half of the twentieth century. The book goes beyond the scope of a biography, to a chronicling of events in the building of a technical institute and thus is as much about the author's professional journey as that of the story of the making of technical institution of global repute. An avid traveller the book also offers some personal vignettes on the author's many pilgrimages across India covering almost every major shrine in the Hindu pantheon of religious places.
Prof. G. K. Roy, B.Sc. Chemical Engineering (BHU, 1966), M.Tech. (IIT, Kharagpur, 1971), Ph.D. (Sambalpur, 1975) was a retired Professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. The last Principal of Regional Engineering College, Rourkela and the first Director of NIT Rourkela, he was a teacher for over half a century with authorship of 159 research publications and seven textbooks, apart from guiding six doctorates.
He was honoured with the first ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela for his ‘long and excellent service in the field of teaching and research’ on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day on 26th January, 2018.
Prof. Roy was also part of environmental clearance for industries and infrastructural activities through State-level Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) of the State Pollution Control Board (2012-15) and has organised national and international seminars, symposia, and workshops on themes of contemporary relevance under the aegis of registered technical institutions in Bhubaneswar, and offering guidance to doctoral candidates of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology and the Utkal University. He has also authored many popular articles on science and technology in Odia newspapers and magazines and is founder-patron of Subrna Srikshetra, a temple and spiritual centre in his native village, Chhanpur in Balasore (Odisha) dedicated to Lord Jagannath.