Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Scientific and Academic Awards

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Scientific and Academic Awards

The coveted Bhatnagar prize was given to 20 scientists 11 for 2009 and nine for 2010.

The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology

Named after the founder Director of CSIR, the prize is awarded annually notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental to recognize outstanding Indian work in science and technology. First awarded in 1958, it is the highest award for science in India.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible for the Prize. The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India during the five years preceding the year of the Prize. The Prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of ₹ 500,000.

In addition recipients also get ₹ 15,000 per month up to the age of 65 years.

CSIRs award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development for 2009 to the Indian Oil Corporations Research and Development Centre at Faridabad for its Servo AgroSpray Oil for pest control in crops. Servo AgroSpray Oil is environment friendly, non-toxic, bio-degradable and highly beneficial in diverse agricultural crops such as cotton, pulses, grains, mustard, groundnut, sugarcane, potato, tea, grapes, mango, apple, citrus fruits, etc.

This CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) was instituted by Council for Scientific and

Industrial Research (CSIR) in the year 2006 to recognise and honour outstanding Science & Technology innovations that have helped transform the lives of rural people.

The prestigious award carries a shield, citation and cash prize of ₹ 10 lakh

SASTRA-Ramanuja award

Wei Zhang, Maths Professor of Harvard University.

SCOPE Awards

Individual Excellence Award: SAIL chairman S K Roongta

Institutional Excellence Award: Coal India

Special Award of the Jury: Coal India Limited (CIL) Chairman P. S. Bhattacharyya

Other Winners: HEC (Turnaround) ; ECIL (Medium PSE) & WAPCOS (Smaller PSE)

Standing Conference of Public Sector Enterprises (SCOPE) excellence awards have been conceptualised and instituted to recognise the contribution of public enterprises and to encourage outstanding persons for their hard work and leadership qualities.

Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) is an apex professional organization representing the Central

Government Public Enterprises. It has also some State Enterprises, Banks, and other Institutions as its Members.

Starting as a Society New Horizon in 1970 SCOPE came into existence in April 1973. It was formally recognized by the

Government of India in November 1976.

SCOPE s objective is to promote excellence in organizations where public investment is involved, in order to enable them to be globally competitive.

The Indian Science Award

Declared in connection with the 97th Indian Science Congress has gone to C R Rao, statistician.

The award, instituted by the Department of Science and Technology of the Union government, carries ₹ 25 lakh in cash. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave away the award during the inaugural ceremony of the congress here on


India Science Prize

to eminent statistician Prof. C R Rao.

India Science Prize, which carries a reward of ₹ 25 lakh and a 200-gram gold medal, was presented on behalf of the

Indian National Science Academy.

The Lasker Awards

The Lasker Awards, given in four categories, have been awarded annually since 1946 to living persons who have made major contributions to medical science or who have performed public service on behalf of medicine. They are administered by the Lasker Foundation, founded by advertising pioneer Albert Lasker and his wife Mary Woodard

Lasker (later an influential medical research activist) . The awards are sometimes referred to as Americas Nobels. It is generally believed that if one gets the Lasker, the Nobel usually follows (Seventy-six Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 28 in the last two decades) .

Finance Minister of Asia Award to Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Indias Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee has won this years award for Finance Minister of the Year for Asia.

This years award is based on nominations from public and private sector economists, analysts, bankers, investors and other experts.

This award is from daily newspaper Emerging Markets, part of Euromoney Institutional investor plc. One of the largest and most respected providers of financial information worldwide.

It may be recalled that Shri Pranab Mukherjee was rated one of the best Finance Minister in the World in 1984 as well.

Aga Khan Award for 2008 − 2010

The 5 projects were awarded 11th The Aga Khan Award for Architecture; the recipients were:

Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia

Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain

Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey

Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) is an architectural prize established by Aga Khan IV in 1977. It aims to identify and reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community development and improvement, restoration, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment. It is presented in threeyear cycles to multiple projects and has a monetary award, with prizes totalling up to US $ 500,000. Uniquely among architectural awards, it recognizes projects, teams, and stakeholders in addition to buildings and people.

Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize

to renowned energy expert Jose Goldemberg of Brazil. The award was presented in the 21s general meeting of the

Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) held at Hyderabad.

Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize, co-sponsored by illycaffe, TWAS and the Ernesto Illy Foundation, is an annual prize given to a renowned researcher in a developing country or country with an emerging economy who has made significant contributions to science and scientific innovation. The prize, now in its sixth year, includes a cash award of USD100,000.

The academy of sciences for the developing world (TWAS)

TWAS, headquartered in Trieste, Italy, until 2004 named Third World Academy of Sciences is a merit-based science academy uniting 1,000 scientists in some 70 countries. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South.

TWAS was founded in 1983 under the leadership of the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan by a group of distinguished scientists who were determined to do something about the dismal state of scientific research in developing countries.

Infosys Prize 2010

Category (5) Winner Comment



Professor Chandrashekhar Khare.

Mathematics Department, University of

California, Los Angeles (UCLA) , Los

Angeles for his fundamental contribution to number theory

Physical Sciences Professor Sandip Trivedi, Theoretical

Physics Department, Tata Institute of

Fundamental Research (TIFR) , Mumbai what is the origin of dark energy and why there is no mass-less scalar particle (superstring theory)

Engineering and



Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Chemical

Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) , Kanpur for his fundamental contributions in materials science.

Life Sciences Dr. Chetan E. Chitnis, Principal Leader.

Malaria Group, International Centre for

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) , Delhi his work had provided the basis for development of a viable malarial vaccine.

Social Sciences Sociology

Professor Amita Baviskar, Sociology Unit.

Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) , Delhi

Social Anthropology

Professor Nandini Sundar, Sociology

Department, Delhi School of Economics (DSE) , Delhi

While Professor Baviskar won the prize for her work on social movements in contemporary India, Professor

Sundar was awarded the prize for her contribution to the understanding of social identities

Award: Cash prize of 50 lakh (non taxed to recipient) , a citation certificate and a gold medallion.

The Infosys Prize endeavors to elevate the prestige of scientific research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in scientific research.

The Infosys Science Foundation, a not-for-profit trust, was set up in February 2009 by the management of Infosys.

The Foundation instituted the Infosys Prize, an annual award, to honor outstanding achievements of researchers and scientists across five categories: Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Mathematical Sciences and Life Sciences, each carrying a prize of rupees 50 Lakh.

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India