Thiruvananthapuram: Neurosurgeon and the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kerala B. Ekbal has been selected for the P.N. Panicker Award, given to the best social worker of the year. He is at present chairman of the State Pollution Control Board. The Chembakakutty Amma Award of the P.N. Panicker Foundation goes to Pattom G. Ramachandran Nair, author of several books, including ‘Thiruvananthapurathinte ethihasam’ and a biography of P.N. Panicker, pioneer of literacy and library movements. — Special Correspondent