12 scientists have been selected for the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award for the year 2022. This year, 12 scientists will be given awards in seven categories.
The country's top annual science awards, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards, were announced on September 11, 2023, after a gap of two years.
- Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr. N. Kalaiselvi announced the awards for the year 2022 in the presence of Union Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh.
- Named after Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the first Director of CSIR, these awards are given in seven science disciplines – Physics, Biology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Chemistry and Earth Sciences.
- Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the G20 summit became a point to showcase India's technological capabilities and its economic strength.
- A laboratory program has started one week from 11th September in CSIR-NISCPR which will run till 16th September. It is a campaign during which each laboratory of CSIR showcases its unique ideas and technological breakthroughs to the people of the country during a week.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR):
- Established: September 1942
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Chairman: Prime Minister of India (ex-officio Chairman)
- Vice-Chairman: Union Minister of Science and Technology (ex-officio Vice-Chairman)
- Governing Body/Board of Directors: The Director General is the head of the Governing Body.
- CSIR is India's largest research and development organization.
- It is funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is registered as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar:
- Dr. Bhatnagar was the founder director of CSIR. Dr. Bhatnagar is credited with the establishment of 12 national laboratories.
- After independence, he played an important role in the creation of science and technology infrastructure in India and the formulation of science and technology policies of the country.
- Dr. Bhatnagar was the first Chairman of the University Grants Commission.
- Dr. Bhatnagar was awarded the 'Order of the British Empire'. He was also ‘Knighted’ in 1941 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, London in 1943.
- Dr. Bhatnagar was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the President of India in 1954.