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  During the Year 2008-09 Odisha Bigyan Academy has organised different popular science programme as follows :
(i) “Bigyan Diganta”, the monthly Science Magazine, specially designed for school students and for their parents and other rural people is being continuously published by the Odisha Bigyan Academy since 1993. During 2008-09 twelve issues of “Bigyan Diganta” have been released. The “Bigyan Diganta” has been distributed mainly to the High Schools of the Gram Panchayat headquarters of the State free of cost.

Odisha Bigyan Academy is also publishing an abridged version of “Bigyan Diganta” for visually handicapped students of the State. The magazine is brought out as a quarterly publication and distributed to the blind students and their institutions. During 2008-09 four issues of the abridged version of popular science magazine “Bigyan Diganta”, have been printed in braille Odia script and released.

(iii) Honour & Awards :
  (a) Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award for the year 2006 has been given to four eminent scientists.
  (b) Odisha Young Scientists Award has also given to two young scientists of the state for the year 2006.
  (c) Popular Science Writers Award has also given to three Authors of the state for the year 2006.
  (d) Felicitating  Senior Eminent Scientists of the state for the year 2006 and
  (e) Honouring three Eminent Scientists of Odisha posthumously for the year 2007.

Apart from this Odisha Bigyan Academy have received Nominations for different Awards namely Biju Patnaik Award for Scientific Excellence, Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award, Odisha Young Scientists Award, Popular Science Writers Award and Nomination of Senior Scientists for felicitation for the year 2007. Steps have already been taken to finalise the name of the Awardees.


Odisha Bigyan Academy has organised a workshop on science writing from 25.11.2008 to 28.11.2008 at Sundargarh. This programme was catalyzed and supported by Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogiki Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP), Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi.


Odisha Bigyan Academy, in collaboration with Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar is organised an Inter-School Science Fair on 5th February, 2009 on the occasion of International year of Astronomy-2009 in Regional Science Centre, Bhubaneswar premises. As many as 30 working science projects from 4 nearby education circles of Khurda, Puri, Cuttack and Ganjam based on various frontiers of science and technology and its applications to solve various problems threatening our space-ship earth were displayed. The Science Fair was inaugurated by Prof. (Dr.) Swadhinananda Pattanayak, Director, Institute of Mathematics & Applications, Bhubaneswar. Prof. (Dr.) Basudev Kar, President, Odisha Bigyan Academy, Bhubaneswar presided over the Valedictory Ceremony and gave away prizes and certificates to all the meritorious competitors of the Science Fair.


The National Science Day - 2009 was celebrated by Odisha Bigyan Academy at Jyoti Vihar High School, Burla, Sambalpur district on 27.02.2009 and 28.02.2009. In this occasion science based project exhibition, essay, sit & draw competition  and science quiz competition were conducted. School children and teachers of different high schools participated in this function. Different science projects were displayed in the science exhibition held in the premises of the school. On  27.02.2009, Prof. (Dr) Niranjan Barik, Professor of Physics (Retd.), Utkal University delivered the popular talk on “National Science Day” to the students, guide teachers participated and general public respectively.

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