In news– Renowned Indian economist and political commentator Prabhat Patnaik has been selected for the 2022 Malcolm Adiseshiah Award.
About the award-
- Started in 2000, the award is annually given by the Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust to an outstanding social scientist selected from nominations received by a specially constituted national jury.
- The award comprises a citation and prize money of ₹2 lakh.
- It is given for distinguished contributions to Development Studies.
- The first Malcolm Adiseshiah Award was given in 2001 and so far we have given 21 awards.
- Dr. Patnaik has taught at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, and was the Vice Chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board.
Malcolm Sathiyanathan Adiseshiah-
- He was an Indian development economist and educator.
- Adiseshiah was born on 18 April 1910 in Vellore, Southern India.
- From 1946 to 1948, Adiseshiah served as Associate General Secretary of the World University Service in Geneva.
- This association later helped him to support steps for the construction of the World University Service Centre in Chennai and women’s hostels in Delhi and Rajasthan.
- He was posted as Deputy Director of the department of exchange of persons in UNESCO.
- In 1976, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
- In 1998, UNESCO created ‘The Malcolm Adiseshiah International Literacy Prize’ in recognition of his contribution to education and literacy.
- He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1978.