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Eminent Odia scientist Prafulla Kumar Jena passing away

Bhubaneswar:7/3/23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday expressed deep condolences at the passing away of eminent Odia scientist Prafulla Kumar Jena.

In his message, Naveen said that the Padma awardee was a genius, who encouraged, inspired scientific research, especially in metallurgy. “With his sustained research, he has pioneered new waste management processes as well as metal value recovery processes from industrial and mining wastes. He was instrumental in popularising science among students and played a key role in establishment of several institutions of science and technology in Odisha,” he said.

Stating that his demise is a great loss for the state, the CM conveyed his deep sympathies for the bereaved family members.His mortal remains will be consigned to flames with full state honours, he added.

Jena realised the prospects of sponge iron industries in India and introducing R&D work in production of sponge iron. He also developed the processes for production of high valued metals like niobium, tantalum, vanadium, tungsten and molybdenum in India.

He served as senior scientist at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Head of the Department of Metallurgy at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Director, Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Bhubaneswar, Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi and First Distinguished Professor of the Tata Chair in Metallurgical Engineering at IIT, Kharagpur.

As Founder Chairman of Institute of Advance Technology & Environmental Studies (IATES), Bhubaneswar, he has guided a number of projects related to waste management in sponge iron plant, water resource development programme and EIA/EMP studies at different mines of India.

For his outstanding contribution to science and technology, Jena was conferred with National Metallurgist award in 1969, Padma Shri in 1977 and Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries award in 1982.He was a guest columnists with Odisha Bytes and contributed several articles on metallurgy and related topics.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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