Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Aug 5:
Exhorting the academic and research institutes to enhance their quality to match international standards, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik today called upon the scientific fraternity to come up with research programmes that would achieve “out-of-the-box” solutions to combat the menaces of environmental pollution, energy crisis, water scarcity, global warming and climate change.
The chief minister said this while giving away the Odisha Bigyan Academy (OBA) awards for 2012 at a function organised at Jaydev Bhawan here.
Prof Ganapati Panda received the prestigious Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence that carries a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a medal.
Patnaik also felicitated Prof Satyananda Acharya, Prof Bhabendra Kumar Patnaik, and Govinda Chandra Sahu under the senior scientist category.
The Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award was given to four scientists – Dr Birendra Kumar Mohapatra, Prof Sushil Kumar Dutta, Prof Sanghamitra Mohanty, and Dr Ajit Kumar Shasany.
Dr Dipti Prakasini Das, Dr Banikalyan Swain, and Dr Punyapriya Mishra were the recepients of the Odisha Young Scientist Awards.
Dr Purabi Mohanty and Dr Jyotirmayee Mohanty were awarded the Pranakrushna Parija Popular Science Award for 2012.
Congratulating the scientists who were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to science , Patnaik said that the science should look for lasting solutions to the problems of the people at large, more specifically those living at the bottom of the social pyramid.
“Leveraging on the advancement of science and technology we have to enhance knowledge creation and devise innovative instruments, more specifically in the field of agriculture, health, energy, education and environment,” said the chief minister.
He also expressed hope that their feats would sow the seeds of a new wave of scientific revolution.
This would be achieved by stimulating young researchers and popularising scientific achievements for the benefit of the common man, he said.