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Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister V.K. Saraswat will receive the Nayudamma award

Former governor of Reserve Bank of India Y. Venugopal Reddy to present the award

Though internationally recognized as an organic chemist, Nayudamma was a practical technologist

GUNTUR: Yelavarthy Nayudamma born into an agricultural family at Yelavarru village near Tenali in Guntur went on to serve as the Director General of CSIR, in whose memory the Dr. Y. Nayudamma Trust will present an award in his name for the 18th time at Tenali. Receiving the award is considered prestigious as country's best scientists have been identified and conferred with this award in addition to giving them a scope to speak at the Dr. Nayudamma Memorial lecture.

Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister V.K. Saraswat will receive the award at an impressive function to be organised on the NRK Kala Sadan on the Bose Road in Tenali.

The former governor of Reserve Bank of India Y. Venugopal Reddy would present the award to Mr. Saraswat. Starting his career as a Scientist B in DRDO at Hyderabad, he had been instrumental in developing Prithvi-I and II, Dhanush, Devil and Air Defence project.

While it is the recognition of his services to the nation in taking forward the missile technology through Agni-III for the award recipient, it is remembering the son of the soil for majority of the people in Tenali and Guntur district. Nayudamma had his primary education in Yelavarru and studied Intermediate at AC College here.

Later, he did his B.SC (Chemical Technology) at the Banaras Hindu University and a course in leather technology at Madras Institute of Leather Technology.

An information bank has also been named in honour of the late Yelavarthy Nayudamma, the man who dedicated his life to demonstrating how science and technology could be used for human benefit.

He was killed in a tragic Air India disaster in 1985. Nayudamma deeply believed in the concept of "technologies for humanity" and the need to "bring modern science to bear upon the problems and needs of the rural poor, said managing trustee P. Vishnu Murthy.

Though internationally recognized as an organic chemist, specializing in the complex polyphenol-protein interactions upon which leather manufacture is based, Nayudamma was a practical technologist.

As director of the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) in Madras from 1958 to 1971, he made important contributions to the development of India's leather industry. In 1971, he became director of the Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED), spearheading a movement for the appropriate integration of traditional and emerging technologies. In 1965 he received the K.G. Naik Gold Medal for his research.