Kathmandu, September 22
Senior ophthalmologist Dr Sanduk Ruit has been honoured with the Prime Minister National Talent Award-2075.
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari awarded Dr Ruit amidst a special ceremony organised by the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers here today.
The award carries a purse of Rs 500,000 and a citation.
The government on 3 December 2017 had decided to present the ‘Prime Minister National Talent Award’ and Prime Minister National Talent Grant to people making significant contribution to the nation. It had also decided to establish a revolving fund of Rs 22 million to that end.
The president presented the Prime Minister National Talent Grant-2075 to Radi Miya, the resident of Laxminagar, Lamjung and Bikalpa Dhungana of Tanahu.
Miya was recognised for his inventions of advanced agricultural tools and technology while Dhungana has developed a solar scooter, smart traffic mask. They received cash Rs 250,000 each.
Dr Ruit had established Tilganga Eye Hospital three decades ago and his services have been extended to India, Bhutan, and China.
On the occasion, the president described Dr Ruit as a shining star in the field of ophthalmology.
She wished that Dr Ruit would be engaged in more research projects and inventions in the days ahead, earning him more fame and greater achievement.
The president hoped that the grant would encourage Miya and Dhungana for more inventions in the days to come. Stating that Nepal is a fertile land for talents, President Bhandari recalled that Nepal is a birthplace of Gautam Buddha, precursor of the world peace, Bed Byas, creator of the Vedas and the Purans, Rhishi Yagyawalkya and Balmiki, composers of the Ramayana.
She said the government had the policy of encouraging and recognising people’s contribution to peace, good governance, innovation, research, exploration and development.
“The government has started the culture of honouring genius Nepali citizens. I want to thank the government for its noble initiative,” said the president.
A version of this article appears in print on September 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.