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14 scientists conferred with Swarna jayanti fellowships for 2018-19

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On January 2, 2020, The Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India (GoI), have awarded Swarna Jayanti Fellowships for 2018-19 to 14 Scientists under 40 years of age, associated with innovative research projects and capable of impacting research and development (R&D) work in their respective fields. Key Points:

i.Scientists selected for fellowship out of total 443 applicants through a three-tier process will be allowed to do research work on such topics according to themselves which have remained untouched so far.

ii.The Fellowship was launched by the Government to commemorate 50 years of the country’s independence.

iii.Scientists selected for fellowship and research are supported by the Department of Science and Technology for research work. This includes financial assistance for all research related work as well as fellowship of Rs 25000 per month. Apart from this, scientists are also given research grant of Rs 5 lakh for 5 years in addition to their salary.

List of awardees:

S.NoNameAssociated with Field
1Dr. Sheetal GandotraCSIR-IGIB (CSIR Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology), DelhiHost-pathogen interactions.
2Dr. Jitender GiriNational Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR),New DelhiIdentifying novel genes
3Dr. Rakesh Singh LaishramRajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram,KeralaRole of RNA processing in gene regulation
4Dr. Vishal RaiIndian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal, Madhya PradeshOrganic Chemistry & Chemical Biology.
5Dr. Kanishka BiswasJawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru,KarnatakaRenewable Energy & Clean Environmental solutions
6Dr. Gopalan RajaramanIndian Institute of Technology Bombay(IITB), Mumbai,MaharashtraSurface chemistry, Computational inorganic chemistry
7Dr. Apoorva KhareIndian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,KarnatakaPositivity and analysis, representation theory of Lie algebras, and discrete mathematics
8Dr. Mahender SinghIndian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali,PunjabAlgebra and topology.
9Dr. Subimal GhoshIndian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, MaharashtraIndian Monsoon and Atmosphere- Land Surface Interactions and Hydrology
10Dr. Smarajit KarmakarTata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) –Hyderabad,TelanganaVarious scales in Glass Forming Liquids, Yielding of Amorphous Solids
11Dr. Arjun BagchiIndian Institute of Technology(IIT), Kanpur,Uttar PradeshHolography and String Theory
12Dr. Anindya DasIndian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,KarnatakaGeophysics and Geochemistry
13Dr. Yogesh SimmhanIndian Institute of Science(IISc), Bengaluru,KarnatakaTemporal Graphs,Scalable Data Management
14Dr. Shweta AgrawalIndian Institute of Technology- Madras(IITM), Chennai,Tamil Nadu.Cryptography and Information theory