Kozhikode: The Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) has announced the Mukundan C Menon Award for the year 2012. It goes to Dr.S.P.Udayakumar, the scholar activist who is leading the popular struggle against the atomic reactor complex in Koodankulam Tamilnadu. The annual award is given to people who render meritorious service to the field of human rights and environmental protection. it carries a cash award of Rs.25000 a citation and a plaque. the jury that selected Dr.Udayakumar consists of Prof.Nagari Babayya (Bangalore), Prof.R.Ramesh (Bangalore), N.P.Chekkutty (Calicut), J.Devika (Thiruvananthapuram) and Prof.A.Marx (Chennai).
Born in Nagerkoil, Tamilnadu Dr.Udayakumar (35) was educated in his hometown and Thiruvananthapuram and had his doctorate from University of Hawaii, Honolulu in political science. He has been teaching at various universities in India and abroad and has to his credit a number of academic works and reports focusing mainly on political and develpment issues.
Married to Meera, he has two sons Surya and Satya.