On the occasion of its 70 foundation day, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Wednesday announced research fellowships for scientists aged above 70.

Under the scheme, scientists would be given Rs. 20 lakh a year for five years, if they remain active, guide students and publish research papers. They should have also won the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award.

CSIR Director-General Samir Brahmachari said many scientists continued to be active even after 70 and “we want to take advantage of services of such people.” Also, the fellowships would be available only to those who are not getting any support. Currently, there may be five to 10 scientists who would be eligible for the scheme.

Dr. Brahmachari also announced the winners of Bhatnagar award for 2012.

They include Shantanu Chowdhury of the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Suman Kumar Dhar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (Biological Sciences), Govindasamy Mugesh of the Indian Institute of Science, Gangadhar J. Sanjayan of the CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory [Chemical Sciences], Ravi Shankar Narayanan of the Indian Institute of Science and Shanti Pavan of the IIT, Madras (Engineering Sciences).

The other winners are: Siva Ramachandran Athreya and Debashish Goswami of the Indian Statistical Institute (Mathematical Sciences), Sandip Basu of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Medical Sciences), Arindam Ghosh of the Indian Institute of Science and Krishendu Sengupta of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (Physical Sciences).

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