Herald: Kakodkar, Amonkar to get Padma awards
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Kakodkar, Amonkar to get Padma awards

26 Jan 2009 12:00am IST
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26 Jan 2009 12:00am IST

PANJIM, JAN 25 Two Goans ? Dr Anil Kakodkar and Educationist Suresh Gundu Amonkar, are among a total of 133 people, representing various walks of life, who will be awarded the Padma Awards for the year 2009.

Kakodkar, Amonkar to get Padma awards
HERALD REPORTER
PANJIM, JAN 25
Two Goans — Dr Anil Kakodkar and Educationist Suresh Gundu Amonkar, are among a total of 133 people, representing various walks of life, who will be awarded the Padma Awards for the year 2009. While 40 people out of these are likely to receive the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, another 93 are tipped to receive the Padma Shri.
While Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr Anil Kakodkar will receive Padma Vibhushan for science, Prof Amonkar will get the Padma Shree for education and literature.
Prof Suresh Amonkar, who has contributed to the State education sector immensely, said that the award was unexpected. “This award is really unexpected,” was his instant reaction when contacted by Herald.
However, he claimed “I accept it with humility. I am humbled by this award.”
Prof Amonkar was the chairman of Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary for two terms from 1980-88.
He was also the Director of State Literacy Mission and Adult Education from 1989-92.
Prof Amonkar claimed that this award was the recognition to his work in the field of Education and Konkani literature.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has congratulated Dr Kakodkar and Prof Amonkar on receiving the Padma awards.
In his message the chief minister said that that Dr Kakodkar’s contribution to the energy sector is tremendous.
He said that Dr Kakodkar played a key role in formulating 123 Agreement and also Pokhran II.
Kamat also lauded Amonkar’s contribution in the field of education as well as literature.
His contribution as chairman of Goa Board was noteworthy, chief minister said in his message.
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