Hyderabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today inaugurated the 21st general meeting of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre here.
The Prime Minister gave away the TWAS prizes and
medals to scientists in various fields, in recognition of
their outstanding contributions.
Over 350 scientists from 50 countries are taking part
in the annual event, being held for the second time in India
Singh distributed the India Science prize, on behalf of
the Indian National Science Academy, to world-renowned
statistician C Radhakrishna Rao. The prize carried a reward of
Rs 25 lakh in cash and a 200 gram gold medal.
He was also presented the TWAS medal for being an eminent
economist and promoter of science and technology.
Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief
Minister K Rosaiah, Union Minister of State for Science and
Technology Prithviraj Chavan, TWAS president Jacob Palis and
others attended the inaugural session of the four-day event.
Singh landed at the Begumpet airport here, at around
11:30 AM and was received by Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL
Narasimhan, state Chief Minister K Rosaiah, Health Minister D
Nagender, Hyderabad Mayor Banda Kartika Reddy, Congress MP V
Hanumantha Rao, among others.
The Prime Minister will later proceed to the University
of Hyderabad campus to lay the foundation stone for the
prestigious Tata Institute of Fundamental Research campus.
He will return to the HICC helipad after the ceremony and
board the chopper to Begumpet.
The state government will accord the ceremonial
send-off at the airport when the Prime Minister would depart
for New Delhi at 15:40 PM.
Chief Minister K Rosaiah, his Cabinet colleagues and
important leaders of the ruling Congress would be present at
the send off.
Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily, National Security
Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Minister of State for
Textiles Panaba Lakshmi also arrived with the Prime Minister.