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Kamal Kumari Foundation’s national awards

Prantik editor Pradip Baruah receiving the Award from noted film-maker Jahnu Baruah. – UB Photos
 JORHAT, Feb 10 - Kamal Kumari National Awards-2012 for science and technology, journalism and art and culture were conferred on eminent scientist Professor Dhiraj Bora, Assamese fortnightly magazine Prantik, well-known classical dancer Late Pushpa Bhuyan (posthumously) and Aisharjya P Konwar, respectively, at a grand function in the auditorium the Tea Research Association at Jorhat on Tuesday evening.

Professor Bora is the Director of the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) at Gandhinagar and the chief scientist of the Indian Domestic Agency for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor Project (ITER).

It is to be mentioned here that the eminent scientist was actively engaged in the design, installation and commissioning of the first indigenous machine to create and confine very high temperature plasma.

In recognition of the excellence in journalism for more than three decades, Kamal Kumari Foundation offered its national award for journalism to Prantik magazine which has carved a unique and significant space for itself in the consciousness of the readers across the State and abroad.

Expressing his delight in receiving the award for science and technology, Professor Bora said that the national award presented by a well-known foundation of the State will be remaining significant and inspiring for the entire life and career.

For the first time, Jorhat was selected as the venue for the award ceremony of Kamal Kumari Foundation’s National Award.

The trust, set up in 1980 by late tea-doyen Padmashri Hemendra Prasad Barooah in memory of his mother Kamal Kumari Barooah, instituted the Kamal Kumari National Awards in 1990 with a vision to acknowledge and promote excellence in science and technology and cultural pursuits.

In 1999, it instituted another award for journalism in memory of his father Siva Prasad Barooah, who was the chief editor and publisher of the first Assamese daily newspaper Dainik Batori.

Organizers said that though the awards for 2012 were to be given in 2013, they had to postpone the programme due to the death of the founder Hemendra Prasad Barooah in August of that year.

It was the 22nd award-giving ceremony of Kamal Kumari Foundation where noted film-maker and director Jahnu Baruah delivered the14th Kamal Kumari memorial lecture on ‘promotion of art and culture and its importance in building a healthy human society’.

Along with several dignitaries, the chairman Anuradha Farley of B&A Ltd (the company founded by Padmashri Hemendra Prasad Barooah), senior officials, including general manager Dhrubajyoti Dowerah, chief tea coordinator Bitopan Hazarika, regional sales manager Gautam Bhattacharya, and many dignitaries also attended the awards ceremony.

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