BENGALURU: National Silkworm Seed Association director B S Angadi was awarded the Louis Pasteur Prize by the International Sericultural Commission (ISC) at the 23rd International Congress which began in the city on Monday.
Governor Vajubhai Vala presided over the event, while Ministry of Textiles secretary Sanjay Kumar Panda delivered a talk on ‘Silk for Inclusive Growth’.
Vala also released two books titled ‘Mulberry Sericulture in New Areas’ authored by Panda and an issue of ‘Indian Silk’. Two other scientists, Hiroaki Machii from Japan and Suwannee Cunvong from Thailand, were also given the Louis Pasteur Prize. Instituted in memory of the great scientist from France, the award consists of a medal and a certificate.
Awardees are selected from a panel of peers from five countries.
Bangladesh was enrolled as the newest member of the commission at the event.
The ISC office was relocated to the city from Lyon in France in 2013.
A UN registered organisation, the ISC comprises 15 member countries, including Brazil, Egypt, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Iran and others.