New Delhi: Eleven scientists, including mathematician Mahan MJ and physicist Shiraz Minwalla, were on Wednesday conferred with the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2011 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Mahan MJ of the Ramkrishna Mission University and Palash Sarkar of Indian Statistical Institute bagged the prize for their contribution to mathematical sciences.
Minwalla of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and KN Balaji of Indian Institute of Science got the award for their contribution to physical and medical sciences respectively.
Amit Prakash Sharma of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and Ranjan Sankaranarayanan of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology received the prize in the area of biological sciences.
Balasubramanian Sundaram of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research and GN Sastry of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology got the award for their contribution to chemical sciences.
Shankar Doraiswamy of the National Institute of Oceanography bagged the prize for his contribution to ocean science. In the category of engineering sciences, Sirshendu De of IIT-Kharagpur and Upadrasta Ramamurty of the Indian Institute of Science won the prestigious prize.
The award is named after the founder-Director of CSIR and carries a cash component of Rs 5 lakh. It is given annually to scientists below the age of 45 who have made outstanding contributions in any field of science and technology.
The Prime Minister also gave away the CSIR Young Scientist Awards to ten scientists. The award, given annually to a CSIR scientist of upto 35 years of age, carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a research grant of Rs 5 lakh annually for five years.
Avinash Mishra of the Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute and Vinod Scaria of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology won the Award in biological sciences.