On September 26, the government announced the recipients of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for Science and Technology, but there is no woman in the coveted list of selected scientists.

The Ministry of Science and Technology announced the award in various categories.

Rishikesh Narayanan from Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Suvendra Nath Bhattacharya from CSIR Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata have been awarded in the Biological Science category.

Partha Sarthi Mukherjee bagged the award in the Chemical Sciences category while Sunil Kumar Singh in the Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences category.

In Engineering Sciences category, Avinash Kumar Agarwal from IIT Kanpur and Venkata Narayana Padmanabhan of Microsoft Research India have bagged the award while Amlendu Krishna from Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and Naveen Garg from IIT Delhi have been selected in the Mathematical Sciences category.

Niyaz Ahmed A S has bagged the award in the Medical Science category.

Subramanian Anantha Ramakrishna from IIT Kanpur and Sudhir Kumar Vempati from IISc have jointly bagged the award in the Physical Sciences category.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Technology Award 2016 in the Life Sciences category was bagged by CSIR’s National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow for development of herbal composition for management of diabetes.

The Dehradun-based CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIO) bagged the CSIR Technology Award in the Physical Sciences and Engineering category for developing wax de-oiling technology and its commercialisation at Numaligarh refinery.

The Technology Award for “Innovation” went to CSIR’s National Aerospace Laboratories, Bengaluru for LED-based Drishti visibility measuring system.  Drishti is a visibility measuring system installed at Indian airports to give information to pilots on the visibility at the runway for safe landing and take-off for airports.

The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award is the most coveted award in multidisciplinary science in India.  It was first awarded in 1958.

The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.

Source: The Indian Express