GUWAHATI, Dec 11 - Eminent space scientist Professor Jitendra Nath Goswami and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jahnu Barua were conferred the Krishna Kanta Handiqui National Award 2015 and KK Handiqui State Open University National Fellowship respectively in a function here today.
The Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University has the motto �Education Beyond Barriers� of age, academic background and geographical boundaries and the award and fellowship have been introduced to encourage and support excellence in different fields.
The National Award given to JN Goswami includes a memento, a citation and a cheque of Rs 5 lakh, whereas the two-year fellowship given to Jahnu Barua includes a citation, a memento and Rs 6 lakh for each year.
Born in 1950, Professor Goswami was the Principal Scientist of Chandrayan-1 from Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. His research on Moon and origin of solar system gave him wide recognition on international arena. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomy Society.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the good deeds must be promoted in the society to encourage positive thinking. He also lauded the role of the open university in promoting distant education in the jails of the State.
�I want to see more and more Assamese people excelling in different spheres of life across the globe. Though the Assamese people are doing well even globally, yet the number should keep increasing. The parents and teachers also have the responsibility to mould students who can achieve something more than just earn money,� he added.