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Subba Rao, Suman Sahai get Borlaug award

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JAN. 30. Coromandel Fertilisers, a unit of the Murugappa Group, has bestowed the Norman Borlaug award for 2004 on I.V. Subba Rao, soil scientist, and Suman Sahai, scientist-activist and Director of Gene Campaign.

Dr. Rao has been honoured for his research and contribution in soil sciences and as an educator in the year 2004 — the year declared by the United Nations as the `International Year of Rice'. The award recognises his contribution in improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of major farming systems.

Dr. Sahai has been chosen for the award for her dedication in organising the `Gene Campaign' and for promoting scientific awarenessin the year declared as the `Year for Scientific Awareness'.

She has had a distinguished academic career in the field of genetics. She obtained her Ph. D from the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi. She has served on the faculties of universities in Alberta, Canada and Chicago and also as Professor of Genetics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

During the last decade and a half, she has, through `Gene Campaign', a non-government organisation, fostered genetic and trade literacy among farmers and the general public.

The Borlaug award, named after the famous scientist who helped India's `Green Revolution,' carries a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh, a gold medal and a citation.

The awards will be given at a function here on February 5. The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate the function.

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