Bhatnagar Awards-2020


Bhatnagar awards in science and technology considered as the epitome of recognition in the country have been declared for 2020.  The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and also Technology.ThePrize is bestowed on a person that, in the opinion of CSIR, has made notably essential and also outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress– fundamental and also applied– in the specific area of endeavour, which is his/her specialization.

The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India throughout the 5 years preceding the year of the Prize.The purpose of the award is the recognition of exceptional Indian work in science and also technology. The recipients have done remarkable research in their respective fields not only for the benefit of science and technology but also for mankind. The Council of Scientific and also Industrial Research (CSIR) invites nominations for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prizes in Science and also Technology and the awards are to be given for research contributions made largely in India during the past 5 years. The age of the nominee for the SSB Prize 2020 ought to not be more than 45 years at the time of applying. The SSB Prize carries a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque for each scientist selected for the award.

Nomination and presentation

  • Nominations of applicants may be proposed by a member of the Governing Body of CSIR; Presidents of academies of all-India character; Vice Chancellors of Indian Universities; regarded Universities and Institutions of national importance; Deans of Science, Engineering, Medical, Agriculture, as well as Technology Faculties; Directors of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT); Directors General of the major R&D Organizations, such as the Defence Research & Development Organization, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Indian Council of Medical Research, India Meteorological Department; Chairmen of Atomic Energy Commission, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, etc.; Directors of CSIR Laboratories/ Institutes, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Physical Research Laboratory, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, etc.; Secretaries of the Government Science Departments like the Department of Atomic Energy, the Department of Biotechnology, the Department of Environment, the Department of Information Technology, the Department of Ocean Development, the Department of Science and also Technology, the Department of Scientific as well as Industrial Research, the Department of Space; etc., Member in-charge (Science) in the Planning Commission; and also the former Bhatnagar Prize Awardees.
  • University Faculties ought to recommend scientists working in their institutions only as well as route nominations with their corresponding Vice-Chancellors, while the Faculties in IITs are called for to send their nominations through their Directors. The Directors General of the R&D Organizations, as well as the Chairmen of Commissions, might sponsor names of scientists working in their particular organizations. The Directors of CSIR laboratories/ institutes can nominate candidates in disciplines of their interest irrespective of the fact whether they are working in CSIR labs/ institutes or outside.
  • The recipient of a Bhatnagar Prize can send the nomination of one person just for each year’s award.
  • Nominations from other individuals sponsoring their very own names or of others are not acceptable.
  • Each nomination, as per the recommended Pro-forma, need to be accompanied by a detailed statement of work as well as attainments of the nominee and also a vital assessment report (not greater than 500 words) drawing out the importance of substantial research and development contributions of the nominee made during the 5 years preceding the year of the Prize.
  • Nominations not made as per prescribed format are unacceptable.
  • An applicant, when nominated, would be thought about for a complete duration of 3 years, if age-wise eligible. As soon as such a nomination has been received, CSIR may correspond directly with the nominator for supplementary info, if needed. In case a nominee has actually resigned from his present position in India and has actually gone abroad, his nomination would certainly become invalid instantly.
  • The Prizes are awarded at a formal presentation ceremony arranged by CSIR. At the ceremony, a suitable citation on work of the recipient of the Prize is readout.

The list of awardees was announced on Saturday (26th September 2020) on the occasion of the 79th foundation day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Every year, scientists below 45 are chosen for the SSB Award for their contribution and fourteen young scientists representing various research & academic institutions of the country in seven different disciplines (Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Scienceshave been selected to receive Shanti SwarupBhatnagar(SSB) Awards for 2020.National research and academic institutions standing to their research reputation these fourteen scientists are from IITs, IACS, JNCAS, NCBS, BARC, NCl Pune, PGI, University of Hyderabad, Centre for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics and Indian Statistical Institutes. The list of awardees for 2020 is as below:

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