HYDERABAD: C.N.R. Rao, the chairman of the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister and eminemt scientist, has become the first recipient of the India Science Award 2004 instituted by the Government of India.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the award to him on the occasion of the inauguration of the 93rd Indian Science Congress here on Tuesday. Prof. Rao was selected for his pioneering contributions to solid state and materials chemistry. He helped find, establish and develop this area more than any scientist internationally.
Prof. Rao, a winner of the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri, was declared `Chemical Pioneer' by the American Institute of Chemists. He recently received the Dan David prize for science in the future dimension from Israel for his contributions in the field of material sciences.
The citation was read out by Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, V. S. Ramamurthy.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Rao pointed out that the country should give more knowledge workers to the world and not merely teachers, nurses and IT workers.
Delivering a lecture later, he underlined the need for the country to invest in nanotechnology research, a new area of science that was bound to have powerful effect in the next decade.
With several developed countries already investing huge amounts in nano-research, the time had come for the country to enter the field on an equal footing."We should not merely receive the fruits of research, we should start contributing," the distinguished scientist said.
He said that while sensors in different areas including the biological and medical fields were likely to be a reality in the coming days, the research on their effects in other fields was also giving exciting results.