HA NOI (VNS)— Pioneering doctors, teachers, scientists and religious leaders were recognised for their outstanding contributions to society at the 10th annual KOVA Awards yesterday.
A total of five groups and seven individuals received the prestigious gongs for their tireless efforts in the fields of applied science and technology, and social welfare at a ceremony yesterday.
Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, the new Chairwoman of the KOVA Award Committee who recently inherited the position from former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh, said before the occasion: "I hope the awards will be presented to deserving groups and individuals and will encourage them to continue contributing to the country's prosperity and development."
In the field of applied science and technology, the award went to a group of teachers from the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Primary School for their research on new education models and tools to help visually-impaired students integrate with their peers.
A group of doctors from Ha Noi Medical University (HMU) were also rewarded for their successful research using biological ceramics in plastic surgery for patients with injuries due to middle ear diseases.
A team of pharmacists from the Traphaco Sa Pa Company were also honoured for their research on expanding Artichoke plantation in the northern mountainous provinces to boost wealth for local people, reduce poverty and eliminate hunger.
Group awards for outstanding contributions to society went to nuns in the Ngoc Phuong Buddhist temple in Go vap District, HCM City for their contribution to the country's revolution during the American War and for helping Agent Orange victims as well as natural disaster victims in the area.
Of the three individual awards, one went to Director of the HMU's Training Programme Development and Medical Capacity Consulting Centre Bui My Hanh for her scientific research on applying multimedia in setting up training tools; another to Deputy Director of the Thanh Hoa Obstetrics Hospital Hoang Van Viet for his research project applying ultrasound techniques in the early detection of child deformation in the womb; and the third went to Tran Thi An, deputy director of the Plant Science Faculty of Thanh Hoa Province's Hong Duc University, for her successful revival of a traditional rice strain, called nep cai hat cau, in the province.
Individual winners of the outstanding contribution to society prize were Ly A Dua, who campaigned relentlessly against backward customs in Hoa Di Ho hamlet of Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province and Nguyen Thi Nhan, who helped treat more than 120 poor patients and donated charity meals to the patients while providing many other forms of aid.
Luu Kim Dung, Chairwoman of the Thanh Nua Commune's Womens Union in Dien Bien District, Dien Bien Province and H Yam BKrong in EaKao commune, Buon Ma Thuot City of Dak Lak Province also received individual prizes for their efforts to preserve brocade weaving jobs in a bid to help ethnic and minority women avoid poverty and hunger.
Sixteen outstanding students also received KOVA awards, while 57 others were granted KOVA scholarships.
Established by the KOVA Paint Group in 2002, the awards aim to encourage students, individuals and groups, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to pursue advances in the areas of science, technology and social welfare. — VNS