Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently gave away India’s most coveted science and technology award – the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize to 33 people on the National Science Day in Delhi.
Dr. Aditi Sen De of Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, is the only woman among the 33 honored scientists. She received the award in physical sciences category for her work in quantum communication.
The award was started in 1958 in the honor of well-known scientist Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder director and chief architect of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The prize of Rs 5 lakh is given to outstanding researchers in different disciplines.
According to the PM, scientists and scientific institutes should come together to work for India’s future. At the event, Union science minister Dr Harsh Vardhan commended CSIR for improving its global ranking. “Over the last few years, under the guidance of our prime minister, our scientists have achieved a lot, especially CSIR that was ranked number nine on a list of 1,207 institutes of the world,” he said.