The Lokmanya Tilak Award for 2011 recognizes the contributions of our former vice chancellor, Dr Kota Harinarayana to the progress of society, and the nation. August 1 marks the death anniversary of Tilak and the award was bestowed on Dr Harinarayana in Pune yesterday. Previous recipients of the award which was instituted in 1983 include Prime Ministers Atal Behari Vajpayee and Indira Gandhi.
Dr Kota Harinarayana was our VC between 2002 and 2005, and he is credited with the successful design of the LCA (light combat aircraft). As I learned from another blog, all LCA tail numbers start with KH in his honour. That’s another and very high award indeed!