The Indian Science Award declared in connection with the 97th Indian Science Congress has gone to C.R. Rao, statistician.

The award, instituted by the Department of Science and Technology of the Union government, carries Rs.25 lakh in cash. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave away the award during the inaugural ceremony of the congress here on Sunday.

The recipients of other awards given away by the Prime Minister are:

Srinivas Ramanujan Birth Centenary Award: Rajinder Jeet Hans Gill, Chandigarh.

M.N. Saha Birth Centenary award: S.M. Saha, Visiting Professor, University of Mumbai.

P.C. Ray Memorial award: Ganesh Prasad Pandey, Director Grade Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

H.J. Bhabha Memorial Award: Anilkumar, scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

J.C. Bose Memorial Award: N.K. Gupta, IIT, Delhi.

Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award: K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO.

B.P. Lal Memorial Award: Laligi Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Millennium plaques of honour: R. Gadagkar, Centre for ecological Sciences, IISc, Bangalore; D. Datta, Scientific Officer (G), BARC, Mumbai.

Excellence in science and technology award: Srikumar Banerjee, Director, BARC, Mumbai

Prof. R.C. Mehrotra Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award: R. Ramamurthi, Visiting Scientist, formerly Vice- Chancellor, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati.

M.K. Singal Memorial Award: Satya Deo, Harish Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.

CSIR Award, G.U. Ramachandran Gold Medal: N.R.N. Murthy, IISC, Bangalore.

General President Gold Medal: A. Jayakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala; T.K. Alex, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore; Roger Yonchien Tsien, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego; John Cromwell Mather, senior astrophysicist at the U.S space agency NASA; and U.R. Rao, former Chairman, ISRO.