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The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) India, the late Dr (Sir) Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and is known as the ‘Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) Prize for Science and Technology’. The Prize is given each year for outstanding contributions to science and technology.
The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Indian work in science and technology.
Key highlights of the Prize
Nature of the Prize
SSB Prizes, each of the value of Rs 5,00,000 (Rupees five lakh only), are awarded annually for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in the following disciplines:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemical Sciences
- Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
- Engineering Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Medical Sciences and
- Physical Sciences.
- Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years as reckoned on 31st December of the year preceding the year of the Prize.
- Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) working in India are also eligible.
The Prize is bestowed on a person who, in the opinion of CSIR, has made conspicuously important and outstanding contributions to human knowledge and progress – fundamental and applied – in the particular field of endeavour, which is his/her specialization.
The Prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done primarily in India during the five years preceding the year of the Prize.
Award of the Prize
In awarding the Prize, the Governing Body of CSIR is guided by the recommendations of the Advisory Committees constituted with the approval of the Chairman of the Governing body of CSIR.
Presentation of Awards
The names of the recipients are made public on 26 September, the CSIR Foundation Day by the Director-General, CSIR. The Prizes are awarded at a formal presentation ceremony arranged by CSIR.