KK Shailaja bags CEU Open Society Prize


Minister KK Shailaja. Photo:Mathrubhumi Archives|Akhil ES

Kozhikode: Former Kerala health minister KK Shailaja has won another prestigious international recognition for her exemplary service in Kerala. She has been selected for the Central European University Open Society Prize 2021.

Economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning writer Svetlana Alexievich and United Nation’s former general secretary Kofi Annan are the previous recipients of the prestigious award.

In a press release, the Central European University informed that the international prize is awarded annually to an outstanding individual or organization whose achievements have contributed substantially to the creation of an open society.

“As former Minister of Public Health in the Indian state of Kerala, during the Covid-19 pandemic, KK Shailaja Teacher and the dedicated staff of the public health service demonstrated to the world that determined leadership, community-based public health, and effective communication can save lives," Michael Ignatieff, CEU President and Rector, said.

“Shailaja Teacher’s example will inspire young women to enter public service, and Kerala’s record in containing the epidemic gives hope to nations in the developing world. By awarding CEU’s highest award to Shailaja Teacher, the university honours a public servant and female leader for her commitment to public health services, the bedrock of every open society,” he added.

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