Sanjukta Mohapatra has been elected as the first woman president of the Cuttack Club, which was established in 1865.
Sanjukta is the former principal of Sailabala Women’s Autonomous College, Cuttack.
After the appointment, she said her focus would be to make the club more accessible to women and to create a healthy environment for the women members.
The club has more than 1,700 members including judges of the Supreme Court, high court, senior bureaucrats, educationists, doctors, and other personalities.
“I am excited about being elected as the president. Britishers established the club and no woman has ever occupied the post. The women come to the club as spouses and take either dinner and lunch and leave the club premises. Henceforth, we will engage them in different works. With my new team, I will try to bring in reforms in the club structure and will implement my vision for the development of the prestigious club. I will focus on ladies’ activities.”
The former principal said she would create a separate directory for the members.
The club, established in 1865 is one of the premier heritage clubs in the state. It is the oldest club in the country.