She is one of the two anatomists to be made a prestigious Fellow of Anatomical Society of India for 2015. The fellowship will be given during the national conference of the ASI in November 2016.
Damayanti is professor and head of the anatomy department of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here which is an autonomous institute under the union health ministry.
“I am happy that I am the first anatomist and recipient of the fellowship from the north-eastern region,” Damayanti told IANS.
She secured third position in the MBBS examination under the Gauhati university. Damayanti also got the Presidential medal for best female medical graduate in 1984.
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) deemed her best outgoing post graduate student in 1982.
She is the recipient of Dr. H.J. Mehta Memorial Gold medal for her papers published in the Journal of ASI for 2005 and Dr. Motilal memorial medal for her papers published in the Journal of ASI for 2011.
Sources at RIMS say had it not been for Damayanti’s effort, the nursing and dental colleges would never have been a part of the institute.
“The union health ministry had closed the files on the two colleges. She saw to it that they were reopened and the colleges came into being,” said an RIMS source.