National Awards for Science Communication handed out

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New Delhi, Feb 28 (UNI) Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal gave away national awards for science communication in various categories here today.

Of the six awards given in different categories, none was found worthy for translation of popular science and technology literature category.

The other five categories include Science and Technology (S&T) Communication through books and magazines, S&T popularisation among children, S&T communication in print medium and S&T communication in electronic medium.

The award for translation of popular S&T technology literature is given to an individual journalist or an institution for outstanding work in translating popular science and technology literature in and from regional languages during the past five years. While Mr Kali Shanker from Lucknow and Ms Sreemathi Hariprasad of Karnataka have been awarded for popularising science communication through books and magazines, Dr Ransing Nirmalendu Ray from Bhubaneswar and Mr Neerad were chosen for the award in the S&T popularisation among children.

Mr Shanker and Ms Hariprasad were awarded for promoting scientific temper through books, magazines and internet during the past five years.

The awards consist of Rs 1,00,000 (one lakh), a memento and a citation.

In the print medium section, the award went to Discovery (Science Magazine) and Reema Narendran, Thiruvananthpuram, in the electronic medium category to Ms Sumangala S Mummigatti, Bangalore and Dr Jagdeep Saxena, New Delhi.

The efforts of Saurashtra Education Foundation, Rajkot and Dr Dinesh Mishra's Raipur have been recognised for special national award for commendable efforts in science and technology communication. The award carries a certificate of appreciation and a memento.

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