Renowned educationist Prof Yashpal and Prof Trinh Xuan Thuan from Vietnam have been declared joint winners of UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for 2009 for popularisation of science.
UNESCO-Kalinga Prize is the oldest prize of UNESCO. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today expressed happiness over the decision.
The Kalinga award was instituted by the Government of India and the Orissa government in 1951 and has been administered since then by UNESCO, the HRD Ministry said.
Some of the Kalinga awardees are Nobel Laureates including Dr. Louis de Broglie, Dr. George Porter, Sir Peter Medawar and Dr. Nicolai G. Basov.
The award would be presented at the 4th World Science Forum in Budapest next month.