SASTRA-C.N.R. Rao Award for Chemistry was presented to Baldev Raj, Director, National Institute of Advanced Sciences, Bengaluru, and S. Chandrasekhar, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, at a function here on Tuesday.
The university bestowed its SASTRA-Obaid-Siddiqi Award for Life Sciences on Leslie Griffith from Brandeis University, the United States, and the SASTRA-G.N. Ramachandran Award for Physics on N. Kumar of the Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru.
Since both could not make it to the programme, the awards would be handed over to them later. Each award carries a citation and a cash component of Rs. 5 lakh.
SASTRA university Vice-Chancellor R. Sethuraman presented the awards.
Prof. Baldev Raj lauded the university’s efforts to promote scientific temper and women empowerment. He spoke on “Advanced materials and manufacturing” where he highlighted the advances made in nuclear reactor technology.
Prof. Chandrasekhar appreciated the “world class” research infrastructure established at the university. In his talk on “Molecules with celebrity status,” he highlighted the important therapeutic molecules synthesized by his group and stated that “Scientists are eternal.”
The award function was held on the sidelines of the the two-day international conference on “Frontiers in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology” (ICFNN), 2017 that had 11 speakers from various parts of the globe delivering lectures on aspects of nano science and engineering. About 170 participants from several institutions participated in the conference.
Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology, visited the research facilities at the university on Sunday.
Taking a brief tour of the Rs. 75 crore SASTRA Hub for Research and Innovation, Dr. Harsh Vardhan interacted with researchers and students working on the development of nano sensors, nano fluids, surface coatings, 3D bio-printing and characterisation facilities.
He commended the research efforts and encouraged them to continue their efforts towards realising the “Make in India” goal.