Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2021

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    In Context

    • Recently, India’s highest science award called “Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2021” was presented to the 11 scientists on the occasion of the 80th foundation day of the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).

    Key Points

    • About:
      • The award is named after the Founder-Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology.
    • Purpose:
      • It is the most coveted national recognition bestowed upon young scientists and engineers to honour their research and developmental work in India.
    • Eligibility:
      • Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible for the prize. 
      • Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) working in India are also eligible.
    • The prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done in India only during the five years preceding the year of the prize.
    • Nature of the prize
      • The prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh
      • In addition, recipients also get Rs. 15,000 per month up to the age of 65 years.

    Source: PIB