Yash Pal selected for Kalinga Prize

Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Renowned scientist Yash Pal is set to receive prestigious Kalinga Prize, the award given by UNESCO for popularisation of science.

Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Professor Yash Pal revealed he had received a communication from the Director General of UNESCO in this regard.

Upon being conferred with the esteemed award, he would become the fifth Indian scientist in the coveted list. After 12 years, any Indian scientist was selected for Kalinga Prize, which carries a cash prize of 10000 pounds.

The laureate is selected by the Director-General of UNESCO upon the recommendation of a four-member jury designated by him. Three members of the jury from different countries of the world are designated on the basis of equitable geographical distribution and the fourth on the recommendation of the Kalinga Foundation Trust.

The award was instituted by former Chief Minister of Orissa and legendary late Biju Patnaik. When asked, 83-year-old scientist Yash Pal said, “I have never worked for prizes.” He came to Bhubaneswar to attend national teachers’ conference being organised here.