Physicist and Educationist Prof Trilochan Pradhan receives Odisha Living Legend Award in Science
Report by Odishadiary Bureau; Bhubaneswar: Prestigious Odisha Living Legend Award was conferred on Prof Trilochan Pradhan for his life time contribution to promote Science in Odisha and his inspiring institution building role in developing the Institute of Physics as a centre of excellence.
Prof Trilochan Pradhan received the award from Dr. Subroto Bagchi, the head of the Odisha Skill Development Authority.
Trilochan Pradhan is a renowned physicist of our state. He completed his MSc from BHU and PhD from the University of Chicago. He headed the Theoretical Nuclear Physics Division at the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (1964-74) and was invited to be the Founder and Director of the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar (1974-1989) and was the Vice Chancellor of Utkal University (1989-91).
For his brilliant work in Science he was awarded the Meghnad Shah Award in 1980, Padma Bhusan in 1990 and Kalinga Prize in 2014. He has been active the national and global level to promote science and has made Odisha proud on several occasions.
The Sixth Annual Living Legend and Youth Inspiration Awards 2016 selected great and inspiring individuals from different segments of Odisha society and it was dedicated to the celebration of Biju Birth Centenary. The Awardees received awards, trophy and citations from the Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Finance Shri Pradeep Kumar Amat, Guest of Honour Hon’ble MLA of North Bhubaneswar Shri Priyadarshi Mishra, Guest of Honour legendary linguist Padmshri Shri Debi Prasanna Patnaik and Guest of Honour legendary film maker Shri Sabyasachi Mohapatra.
The event had three important segments like Living Legend Oration, Waves & Vibes and the Award Ceremony. Living Legend awardees of 2016 Dr. Sudeep Kumar Nanda, Mr. Basanta Kar and Prof Amitav Acharya shared their inspiring experience and journey in their respective fields in the Living Legend Oration on the topic of Creating Legends: The Future of Second Generation Living Legends.
The Waves & Vibes (W&V) dialogue series was launched by Shri Subroto Bagchi, the head of the Odisha Skill Development Authority. The Live Art by acclaimed artists Bijay Biswal was a great attraction for the youth. One minute silence was observed in memory of Ms. Jayalalitha, the renowned political leader and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who passed away recently.
Editor-in-Cheif Mr. Rashmi Ranjan Parida welcomed the guests, dignitaries, awardees and media to the award ceremony. Senior Editor Prof Kamala Kanta Dash provided a brief background of Odisha Diary and Living Legend Oration and Awards. Renowned anchors Ms. Diksha Tiwari and Shri Deba Prasad Dash hosted the event. OdishaDiary senior team members Shri Anant Prasad and Shri Debaraj Mohanty offered vote of thanks.