OdishaDiary to confer Odisha Youth Inspiration Awards

Bhubaneswar: OdishaDiary (www.orissadiary.com), one of the leading websites in Odisha is launching a brand new award to inspire young minds of the state. The Youth Inspiration Awards 2012 will be conferred on youth icons of Odisha who have excelled and inspired many young minds in their respective fields.

On the occasion of 7th Foundation Day of the popular website, these awards will be announced along with Odisha Living Legend Awards on 10 November 2012 at Jaydev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

These awards likely to be conferred by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Finance Minister Prasana Achrya, Health Minister Dr. Damodar Rout and Energy and IPR Minister Arun Sahoo likely to attend as guest of honour along with MP Rabi Mohapatra.

Odisha Living Legend Awards established by OdishaDiary (OD) in 2011,  has been recognised as a novel way to acknowledge and honour great contributions to Odisha. The idea of Living Legend Award is slightly different from the Life Time Achievement Award.

OD considers those people and their initiatives as Living Legends who have made seminal contribution to their chosen fields and have impacted the Odia society at large. They are proud Odias who continue to work and inspire the second and third generations of Odias to follow their path.

Last year leading Odias like Tulasi Munda, Sitakanta Mohapatra, Jharana Das, Dilip Tireky and Sudarsan Pattnaik etc were awarded as Living Legends. This years addition of Youth Inspiration Award is twofold; one is to recognize and promote the inspired youths and the second is to connect them to the legends of their fields so as to inspire them to become future legends.

OdishaDiary, the pioneer in online news on Odisha, was founded on 11 November 2005. In last seven years the OD has fast entrenched itself in the lives of a young and dynamic readership on Odisha throughout the globe. Nevertheless, OdishaDiary’s central focus remains on the lived experiences of Odias and their overall socio-cultural, political, economic, human and spiritual development.

OdishaDiary, the pioneer in online news on Odisha, was founded on 11 November 2005. In last seven years the OD has fast entrenched itself in the lives of a young and dynamic readership on Odisha throughout the globe. Nevertheless, OdishaDiary’s central focus remains on the lived experiences of Odias and their overall social, political, economic and spiritual development.

On 11th November 2011, OD completed six years of its successful operation. On this occasion of 6th Foundation Day, OdishaDiary.co had set up annual Odisha Living Legend Awards. The idea has been to celebrate the success stories of Odias. Like last year this year the function will be held in the state capital Bhubaneswar at Jaydev Bhawan, on November 10, 2012. On this occasion Odishadiary will honour distinguished personalities and youth leaders from different fields of Odisha.

The Odisha Living Legend and Youth Inspiration awardees will be nominated and/or selected by a committee/team of experts constituted by the Orissa Diary. If required the committee or a group of members of the “Awards Committee” may undertake a field visit to get firsthand knowledge of achievements claimed by a reader/nominator/awards committee in support of their entry for the award.

OD team has conducted extensive telephonic conversation with independent panel members located in India and abroad to prepare a final list.  On the basis of past exemplary work, impact and legacy Orissa Diary Team reserves the right to select any individual or institution even when there is no nomination from the awards committee and OrissaDiary readers.

Category of Awards for 2012:

1. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Social Service)

2. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Business Leadership)

3. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Promoting Education)

4. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Science Promotion)

5. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Promoting Art & Culture)

6. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Literature)

7. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Sports)

8. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Film Industry)

9. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Personal Achievement-NRO)

10. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Public Policy)

11. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility)

12. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Journalism)

13. Five special Youth Inspiration Awards

Excellence in different fields is required to be acknowledged and duly awarded so as to encourage good and socially relevant work in the future. Many media houses and other institutions in Odisha have set up several awards but OrissaDiary has changed the award landscape in Odisha by forming a high profile selection committee to choose the best performers in their chosen fields.

The idea of Living Legend Award is slightly different from the Life Time Achievement Award. OD considers those people and their initiatives as Living Legends who have made seminal contribution to their chosen fields and have impacted the Odia society at large.

They must be proud Odias who continue to work and inspire the second and third generations of Odias to follow their path. The addition of Youth Inspiration Award is twofold; one is to recognize and promote the inspired youths and the second is to connect them to the legends of their fields so as to inspire them to become future legends.

Odisha Living Legend Awardees of 2011

1. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Social Service): Tulasi Munda

2. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Literature): Sitakanta Mohapatra

3. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Film Industry): Jharana Das

4. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Sports): Dilip Tirkey

5. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Promoting Art & Culture): Sudarsan Patnaik

6. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Personal Achievement-NRO): Madhumita Raut

7. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Promoting Journalism): Soumya Ranjan Patnaik

8. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Promoting Education): Achyuta Samanta

9. Odisha Living Legend Award (Special Citation): Ranjib Biswal

10. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Science Promotion): Rabi Narayan Bastia

11. Odisha Living Legend Award (Excellence in Public Policy): Police Commissionerate, BBSR-CTC.

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