Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, who played a vital role in expelling over 100,000 citizens during late 1980s and early 1990s, has been recognized as “true humanitarian” by one of the Indian educational institutes in Odisha, Sunday.
In acknowledgement of his “vision for a beautiful world and concern for the humanity at large”, Odisha-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) conferred the KISS Humanitarian Award 2012 and honorary doctorate degree to PM Thinley amidst at a glittering ceremony attended by around 2,000 students and guests.
Anne F. Stenhammer, Regional Program Director, UN Women, South Asia Regional Office presented the award to Thinley, report Indian media.
Expressing his excitement, PM Thinley said he was deeply honored to receive the award as it has come from an institute that was successful in realizing its noble humanitarian visions of bringing coveted realm of higher and excellent education within the grasp of the deprived.
The KISS Humanitarian Award was instituted by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, noted social activist and Founder of KISS, the largest free residential tribal institute of the world, in 2008 to honor and recognize individuals with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians.
The Prime Minister ended his four-day official visit to Odisha yesterday.
While in India, he also inaugurated statues of Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava, and met Bhutanese scholars in India.