Scientist from Koraput honored at Indian Science Congress

Scientist Mr. Saujanendra Swain being awarded
The 5 day long 99th Indian Science congress at KIIT University came to an end on  7th January 2012.
More than 18,000 participants from all over India  took part in this programme. Apart from this 10 noble laureate and high level dignitaries like former president of India, Montex Singh Alualia, Purendeswari Devi, Nirupama Rao etc were present.

The valedictory function of the congress was made on 7th evening at KIIT Stadium. The dignitaries present in this function are Dr. Murali Chandrakar Bhandare, His Excellency, Governor of Odisha, Dr. Prashan Pathasani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Dr. A.K. Nayak, Registrar, NISER, Dr. Achyut Samant, Founder , KIIT University & KISS, Prof. Geeta Bali, General President, Indian Science Congress Association.

In this occasion, Mr. Saujanendra Swain, Senior Scientist & Coordinator at Biju Patnaik Medicinal Plants Garden and Research Centre under the aegis of M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation based at Jeypore, Koraput district, Odisha has been awarded for his best poster. This national award was under the agriculture and forestry sciences Section of Indian Science Congress 2012. The Award includes a citation and cash of Rs. 5000/- by the hands of the Governor of Odisha.

The national award was conferred on him for his best poster titled: Ex-situ conservation of ethno-medicinal plant by major tribes of southern Odisha. Mr. Swain bagged the first prize and one of three awardees in various fields from Odisha state.
He has also received the PRAKRITI BANDHU award from Department of Environment & Forest in 2009 and prestigious Young Scientist of Odisha State  (First Prize) by the 2nd Odisha environment Congress in 2011.

Mr. Swain holds a masters degree in Botany from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack  and continued his PhD on Ethno-medicinal plants at University of Madras . For last 15 years he  is involved in working with tribal communities of Koraput district in the area of conservation, cultivation, consumption and commercialization of ethno-medicinal plant diversity.  So far he has visited 13 countries in the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and South America to present his work.

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