SSB Award 2021: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB prize) for science and technology 2021, were presented during the 80th foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
- The award is given out to scientist, each year, for their outstanding contributions to science and technology, every year.
- The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India – the late Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.
- The SSB prize was awarded to 11 Scientists by the Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
- List of 11 scientists awardees are as follows:
Engineering sciences category:
- Dr Debdeep Mukhopadhyay, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, received the award under the engineering sciences category.
Mathematical sciences category:
- Dr Anish Ghosh, school of mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
- Dr Saket Saurabh, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, was announced winners.
Chemical sciences category:
- Two researchers from the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, Dr Kanishka Biswas from the International Centre of Materials Science and Dr T Govindaraju, from the Bio-organic Chemistry Laboratory, announced as recipients.
Biological Sciences category:
- Dr Amit Singh, department of microbiology and cell biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.
- Dr Arun Kumar Shukla, department of biological sciences and bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.
Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences category:
- Dr Binoy Kumar Saikia from Coal and Energy Research Group, CSIR North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat, was named recipient.
- Dr Kanak Saha, from Pune’s Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, received the award for physical sciences.
- Dr Jeemon Panniyammakal, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.
- Dr Rohit Srivastava, department of biosciences and bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
About SSB Prize:
- Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) award has been named after the founder & Director of CSIR, late Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.
- This award is presented to recognize outstanding Indian work in science and technology.
- The prize is given to Indian scientists below the age of 45 for outstanding research in seven fields.
- They are:
- Biological Sciences,
- Chemical Sciences,
- Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences,
- Engineering Sciences,
- Mathematical Sciences,
- Medical Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- The prize includes a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of ₹5,00,000 lakh.
- In addition to the recognition and cash prize, CSIR will also grant the winners an honorarium of Rs.15,000 per month.
About Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar:
- Sir Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar (21 February 1894 – 1 January 1955) OBE, FNI, FASc, FRS, FRIC, FInstP was an Indian colloid chemist, academic and scientific administrator.
- He was the first director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
- He is revered as the “father of research laboratories” in India.
- He was also the first Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
- He is credited with establishing 12 national research laboratories in India.
- He also served as Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Educational Adviser for the government. He played a role both in the constitution and deliberations of the Scientific Manpower Committee Report of 1948.
- He was awarded Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 1954.