Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Navven Patnaik conferred the Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence for 2016 to Prof. Digambar Behera on Wednesday.
Prof Behera is the Head of Department of Pulmonary Medicine in the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.
Prof Prasanta Mohapatra of the Department of Computer Science in the University of California was also conferred the award for 2015.
Instituted by Odisha Bigyan Academy (OBA), the award is given to any Odia scientist working anywhere in India or abroad each year for his/her lifetime research contributions in the field of science and technology.
The Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award for 2016 was given to Prof Swapna Mahapatra, Prof Banshidhar Majhi and Prof Sukumar Mishra.
The award for 2015 went to Dr Sharat Kumar Pradhan, Prof Sarat Kumar Swain and Prof Bhishma Kumar Patel.