The awards ceremony, held yesterday at The Lalit Hotel, New Delhi, was attended by more than 125 guests representing India's top scientific community. The awards were presented by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy & Department of Space.
Elsevier first launched the Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2006. In India, the program was officially institutionalized within its scientific community through Elsevier's collaboration with NASI in 2009. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research and helps them gain recognition of their work.
This year's NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards program attracted nearly 650 applications from multiple premier research institutions across India. Applications were judged by a panel of 31 subject experts from India's academic community. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses using data from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Furthermore, the jury looked at criteria such as:
- Quality and number of publications;
- Nature and uniqueness of research;
- Outcomes of research;
- Impact on society;
- Vision of the researcher.
Special consideration was also given to novel and innovative ideas that hold potential for commercial application.
Per discipline, the award winners are:
Dr. Vigneshwaran Nadanathangam
Senior Scientist, Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai
Dr. Sanjeev Das
Staff Scientist-V, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Suryendu Dutta
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
Dr. Neelesh B. Mehta
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr. Partha Sarathi Chakraborty
Professor G, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
Dr. Narendran Gopalan
Scientist C, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai
Dr. Sushil Appasaheb Mujumdar
Associate Professor G, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh
Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
"It is a pleasure for our academy to be associated with Elsevier on the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist awards program," said Dr. K. Kasturirangan, President, National Academy of Sciences, India. "Each year, the creativity of individual scientists is celebrated with pride, and this initiative does so by giving out awards to great young minds, across several disciplines in India. I hope the program will continue with renewed vigor and play its commendable role in the future.
Youngsuk "Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, said, "On behalf of Elsevier and NASI, I want to congratulate all the winners of the 2014 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards. These young researchers have already made a significant impact within the academic community, and their future achievements will inevitably shape the world's scientific discourse. We look forward to further supporting these young scientists with our high-quality content and solutions to realize their ultimate aspirations."
About National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)
Founded in the year 1930, the National Academy of Sciences, India is the oldest Science Academy of the country and is located at Allahabad. The main objective of the Academy was to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them.
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