Bhubaneswar: The cash award for the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize instituted by late Biju Patnaik for popularisation of science among the common people in the year 1951, has been enhanced to US$ 40,000.
“The previous prize money was US$ 20,000. The prize money for 2017 onwards has been enhanced to US$ 40,000 which is met from the contribution of Government of India. Government of Odisha and Kalinga Foundation Trust, Odisha in the ratio of 6:4:4. The State Government has contributed Rs 86 lakh as one time grant,” said a Chief Minister’s Office release.
The objective of the prize is in conformity with UNESCO’s policies and is related to the programme of the organisation in the field of the raising awareness and popularising science, said United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The purpose of the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for the popularisation of science is to reward the efforts of a person who has had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, lecturer, radio/television programme director or film producer, which has enabled him/her to help interpret science, research and technology to the public, it added.