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Kesavan Vellikkulangara, C.K. Karunakaran, and Manoj Komath have been declared winners of the Science Literature Awards for the year 2010.

Prof. Kesavan won the award for the best science book ( Children’s Literature ) for his work ‘Katha Parayum Kaalam’, while the Science Literature award for the best book ( Popular Science ) went to Mr. Karunakaran for his book ‘Visva Mahaavrikshangal’.

Dr. Komath won the award for the best science book in the category of In – depth Science, and M.K. Krishna Kumar and Seema Sreelayam shared the Science Journalism Award.

The awards instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment ( KSCSTE ) are given to individuals who have made creditable contribution to promoting science through science literature in Malayalam. Each award carries ₹ 25,000, a plaque, and certificate.

Award Presentation

The awards will be presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at a function to be held here, V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Executive Vice – Chairman, KSCSTE, said.

Prof. Kesavan’s book ‘Katha Parayum Kaalam’ is the narration of science facts by a father to his son in a unique way of presentation. Written in simple language, it is distinct in its style and content, and inculcates interest in science among children.

Prof. Kesavan, who hails from Thrissur, is a retired professor and is working as secretary of the Achuthamenon Society ( Asha ) and Vice – President of the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad. He has served as news editor of Eureka, Vice – President of the Kerala Rationalist Association, and president of the Kerala State Children’s Literature Academy.

He is the author of several books under children’s science category and was awarded the Kerala Sahithya Akademi’s best children’s literature award in 2005. He has written 34 books for children.

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Mr. Karunakaran’s work titled ‘Visva Mahaavrikshangal’ describes the importance of trees and the special features of various species. A former Indian Forest Service ( IFS ) official, Mr. Karunakaran has to his credit 15 books on forest lives. A life member of the Indian Science Congress, he has published several articles in leading dailies and science magazines. He was the editor of ‘Aranyam’ magazine of the Forest Department and Friends of Trees.

Dr. Komath was selected for the award for his book ‘Prapancha Chithrangal,’ which deals with the history and development of astronomy and the contribution of great Indian astronomers such as Aryabhatta and Brahmagupta.

Dr. Komath, who did his research at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, is presently a scientist in the biomedical technology department at the Sri Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology. He has written several articles in science magazines and is also a cartoonist. He has published three books titled ‘Vedapaarambaryathinte Kapada Mukhangal,’ ‘Vilapeshappedunna Aarogyam,’ and ‘Einsteinum Aapekshikathayum.’

Mr. Kumar and Ms. Sreelayam, who jointly won the Science Journalism Award, have published a number of articles in various newspapers and magazines on various subjects in the year 2010.

Mr. Kumar is the News Editor of Mathrubhumi newspaper, Malappuram unit. His works include ‘Maayunna Maambazhakkaalam,’ ‘Kaattile Kola,’ ‘Theruvinte Velicham, Naadinteyum’ and articles on plastic waste. He is a recipient of the Green Journalist Award instituted by the Biodiversity Board.

Ms. Sreelayam is a chemistry teacher at the KKMGVHSS, Orkatteri, Vadakara.

A recipient of the Education Media Award 2011 instituted by the Department of Education of the State government, she has published several articles on topics such as science, environment, and society in vernacular dailies and periodicals. She has authored three books ‘Janithaka Engineering,’ ‘Prakasham,’ and ‘Kathayum Karyangalum.’

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