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ACHIEVERS: The former Union Minister for Human Resource Development Murli Manohar Joshi (left) with the award winners S.R. Rao (right), Malavika Kapur, and L. Narayana Reddy, at a function in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
ACHIEVERS: The former Union Minister for Human Resource Development Murli Manohar Joshi (left) with the award winners S.R. Rao (right), Malavika Kapur, and L. Narayana Reddy, at a function in Bangalore on Sunday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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Shikaripura Ranganatha Rao, L. Narayana Reddy, Malavika Kapur are the winners

BANGALORE: Former Union Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday emphasised the need for students to have pride in the nation's culture and heritage to achieve greater heights.

Speaking after presenting the Vidya Varenya awards here, Dr. Joshi drew attention to the strong relationship between the land and its heritage. The relationship was as strong as that between a mother and son, he observed.

Referring to Partition, he said in the past, the land had been divided for which the country was still suffering.

There was a strong need for people to realise the value of contributing to society, he said.

Among the Vidya Varenya award winners, Shikaripura Ranganatha Rao had won a D. Litt for his book, "Lothal and Indus Civilisation".

He had discovered about 50 sites of Indus civilisation and excavated Rangpur and Lothal, the latter a Harappan port.

Dr. Rao had also introduced Marine Archaeology, a new discipline, and directed underwater excavation of Dwaraka and Poompuhar.

L. Narayana Reddy is an organic farmer renowned for his various agricultural innovations. As an agriculturist, he has developed a variety of timber, fodder, green manure, medicinal plants and fruit trees.

The Government had honoured him with the Rajyotsava award.

He had also won the Nadoja Prashasti instituted by the Hampi University.

Until recently, award winner Malavika Kapur was the professor and head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS).

Her main contribution is her work of developing integrated models of mental health service delivery for children and adolescents.

The awards were presented after a seminar on "Eco-friendly technology Global Challenge" organised by VAPS Technosoft, a private firm.

Rajeev Dixit, spokesperson of the Hind Swaraj Abiyan, spoke.

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