Bhubaneswar, Aug 31
Eminent scientist and former Utkal University Vice-Chancellor Dr Basanta Kumar Behura was on Friday conferred with the Kalinga Samman-2012 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his lifetime contribution to popularisation of science at a function organised by the Kalinga Foundation Trust.
Dr Behura was presented with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a memento, a certificate and a citation. “The initiative to honour scientists for their contributions to popularisation of science will really inspire young scientists to perform better”, Dr Behura said after receiving the award.
An e-book, UNESCO Kalinga Laureates for Universal Peace, published by the trust was also released by the Chief Minister on the occasion.
The award is presented by the trust since 2010 to Odia scientists for their contribution to popularisation of science. Joint managing trustee Prafulla Samal and other trust members were present at the ceremony.