Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated UNESCO Kalinga Prize-2015 winner Prof Diego Andres Golombek at the State Secretariat. The Chief Minister presented him a stole and a silver filigree memento.
Congratulating Prof Golombek on behalf of the people of Odisha, the Chief Minister said that Prof Golombek is a distinguished scientist and science communicator. He is instrumental in development of the first Science Cultural Centre of Argentina at Ricardo Rojas Centre in Buenos Aires.
Appreciating the gesture, Prof Golombek said he feels honoured to be here in Odisha. The Kalinga award has placed Odisha in the global science map. He said that he had a great interest in the culture of Odisha and India.
Among others, Minister, Higher Education, Science and Technology Dr Pradeep Panigrahi, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan, Trustee of Kalinga Foundation Trust Bhabani Patnaik, Secretary Science Technology VV Yadav were present on the occasion.
Professor Golombek is on a visit to Odisha from April 20 to 25 as a State Guest. The UNESCO-Kalinga Prize was instituted by late Biju Patnaik for popularization of science among the common people in the year 1951.