AGARTALA: Sanjay Kumar Panda, chairman of Executive Committee of Tripura Skill Development Mission has been selected for the prestigious Louis Pasteur Award 2016 for his outstanding work to promote silk industry. He was selected by the International Sericulture Commission.
This international award is considered as the Nobel Prize in Silk Industry. The award will be given to him at the 24th International Congress on Sericulture and Silk Industry scheduled to be held at Bangkok on August 10.
Panda was closely associated with promotion of silk industry since three decades. Started career in Odisha, he came to Tripura as chief secretary and continued till 2014. After that, he became secretary of Textiles Department, Government of India and continued his effort for the development of the northeastern region in the national level.
His work was related to empowering the rural and tribal women in silk industry using appropriate technology to earn their bread. He has a publication titled ” Mulberry Sericulture in New Areas – Empowering Tribal Women ‘ and a film ‘ Soil to Silk’ on the subject.
Panda did his graduation and post graduation in Chemistry from Ravenshaw College in Odisha and was awarded university gold medals as the best graduate. He also stood first in M.Sc. He was awarded PhD in Economics for his study on ‘Promotion of Sericulture in New and Non-traditional areas’ by the Utkal University, Odisha in 2005.