Bhubaneswar: The Shambhavi Puraskar 2017, instituted by Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF),  will be conferred on Hari Sankar Rout. The award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Hari Sankar, an engineer by profession, has been working in the most inaccessible pockets of Kandhamal district of Odisha, on Natural Resource Management (NRM) and livelihood promotion of marginalised communities.

Shambhavi Puraskar, an annual award by BIPF, a social arm of IMFA, is being giden in recognition of excellence and innovation by emerging social catalysts who have acted as agents of change in society.

The Shambhavi Puraskar function 2017 will be held on 16th April 2017 at Bhubaneswar. The award will be presented by chief guest, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, union minister of state for skill development & entrepreneurship, and guest of  honour  Swapan Kumar Datta, pro vice-chancellor of Visva Bharati university of West Bengal’s Sanitiniketan.