Bhubaneswar: Prof. Suryamani Behera of Odisha was conferred with the prestigious National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication for the year 2019 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, today.
Behera received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind. This award is presented to an individual or an institution for outstanding work in communication of science and technology and/or promoting scientific temper having impact in the country during the past five years. The award consists of Rs 5 lakh, a memento and a citation.
Prof. Behera has published more than 40 books and more than a thousand articles. His latest books “Vigyan Ru Gyana”, “Jantra Karuchi Mantra”, “Vigyan Sahitya Darpan”, “Vigyan Mela” and books on medicinal plants cultivation have become very popular.
His articles on food processing and preservation are his notable contributions which are being followed by many people as a help to cottage industry. He has also established ‘Janapriya Vigyan Manch’ to impart training to budding popular science writers and journalists.