Ace Odia scientist Lalit Mohan Das gets Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence

Bhubaneswar: Noted Odia scientist Dr. Lalit Mohan Das has been conferred with the prestigious Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence for the year 2014.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated Das with a medal, citation and a cash prize of Rs two lakh at a function here organized by Odisha Bigyan Academy (OBA) of Science and Information Technology department.

A total of 11 personalities from various fields of science were awarded for their pioneering contribution in innovation, research and popularization of scientific temper.

Prof. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Chand, Dr. Swati Mohanty and Dr. Ajay Parida have been lauded with the Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award and were presented a cash award of Rs one lakh along with medal and citation while Odisha Young Scientist Award have been conferred on Dr Swarup Kumar Parida, Dr. Milan Kumar Biswal, Dr. Biswaranjan Paital,  and  Dr. Sasmita Mohapatra. Each of them received a cash award of Rs 25,000.

Three others including Prof. Dr. Jibanananda Mohanty, Prof. Dr. Khageswar Pradhan and Prof. Dr. Dhruba Raj Nayak were awarded as senior scientists.

Speaking to the congregation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said “Science has greatly intertwined with our progress and technology has significantly moulded our lives. Recently, I have emphasized upon the three Ts – teamwork, technology and transparency for governance and delivery of all the public services. This will ultimately lead to the fourth T – Transformation of the state.

Patnaik further said, “The government has been encouraging children to take up pure science in higher studies and pursue scientific research as their careers for which we provide scholarships, fellowships and other financial assistance,”

“Our academic and research institutions have to continuously enhance their quality to match with international standards. Our research programmes need to search for out-of-the-box solutions to combat the challenges faced by the state. Science may be international, but the application is essentially local,” he added.