Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: A month-long programme, from May 11 to June 10, will mark the National Technology Day 2010 celebrations by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) across the State.

A variety of programmes will be held in government engineering colleges, selected departments in six universities in Kerala, research and development centres and grant-in-aid institutions of KSCSTE, research organisations and technical institutions. Programmes include popular lectures, demonstrations, slide shows, debates, seminars/ symposia, science and technology popularisation activities, science colloquium and thematic exhibition.

Awards

Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan is scheduled to launch the State-wide celebration and present the Science Literature Awards at a function to be held at the Science and Technology Museum here on May 10. Education Minister M. A. Baby will preside.

The awards will be presented to M.R.C. Nair, Dr. P. Sujanapal, Dr. H. Nagesh Prabhu, O.L. Payas, V.B. Sajeev, Dr.K. Babu Joseph and V.K. Adarsh.

While Mr. Nair bagged the children's science literature award for his book ‘Kanakkulla Kathakal', Mr.Sujanapal, Mr.Prabhu, Mr.Payas and Mr.Sajeev won the award in the popular science literature category for their book on sustainable farming of medicinal plants.

The award for informative science literature will be received by Mr. Joseph for his book ‘Ee Sareerathil Othungunnilla Njaan'.

Mr. Adarsh was selected for the best science journalist for his articles published in various periodicals and dailies.

Lectures

R.V.G. Menon, Kuncheria P. Isaac and Achuthsankar S. Nair will deliver lectures on the occasion. A visit to the Science and Technology museum and a special planetarium show would also being arranged on the day, a press note issued by KSCSTE said.

The National Technology Day is celebrated on May 11 to mark three events that demonstrated India's technological capability, namely the Pokhran Nuclear Tests, test flying of the first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3,” and the test firing of the Thrishul missile.

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