No bigger honour than working in science field, young scientists told

No bigger honour than working in  science field, young scientists told

Bharata Ratna Prof C N R Rao said on Wednesday that young scientists must not yearn for awards and recognition, but must take honour and feel satisfied to work in the field of science.

He was addressing the gathering after presenting the State awards to scientists and engineers here. Prof Rao said, Karnataka and Bengaluru had earned the sobriquet as the science capital of the country. It should be retained at all costs, he said.

“We have to work hard to showcase to the world as to why Bengaluru is the science capital.

But nowadays, young students are getting tired very quickly and are giving up research. Students must understand that only if science develops, the country also progresses,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that his government had always supported the field of science and technology and had always given significant grants for the sector.

“All those working in the field of science may not be able to achieve the laurels of Sir M Visvesvaraya or Sir C V Raman, but young science students can always take the path that has been laid by them.

It is more important to have a goal in life and awards will come in its wake,” he added. Siddaramaiah said that after Rajasthan, it is Karnataka which had more dry land. Scientists must come up with some technology so that farmers do farming and increase their produce and the standard of living. 

Awardees
The state award was given to 25 personalities on the occasion. The Sir M Visvesvaraya State award for 2013 was given to Dr A S Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro and Dr Munivenkatappa Sanjappa, CSIR emeritus scientist and former director of University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK for science and technology.

For 2014, the award was given to Prof Mathur R N Murthy, molecular biophysics unit, IISc and Prof Indrani Karunasagar, director (R&D), Nitte University, Mangaluru for science and technology.

Dr Raja Ramanna State award for scientists for 2013 was given to Prof Kusal Kanti Das, department of physiology, B M Patil Medical College, BLDE university, Vijayapura for science education.

 For 2014, the award was given to Prof N B Ramachandra, department of studies in Zoology, University of Mysuru.

Sir C V Raman State award for young scientists for 2013 was given to Dr Basavaraj Angadi, department of physics, Bangalore University for physical sciences, Dr K S Lokesh, department of chemistry, Vijayanagar Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ballari for chemical sciences, Dr S Chandrashekara, Chanre Rheumatology and Immunology centre and research, Basaveshwaranagar, Bengaluru, for medical science, Dr H C Shreeharsha, faculty scientist, Institute of Bioinformatics, Whitefield for life sciences and Prof Shamarao Jahagirdar, department of plant pathology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad for agriculture sciences and animal husbandry.

2014
For 2014, the award was given to Prof K V Prasad, department of mathematics, Vijayanagar Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ballari for mathematical sciences, Dr T Govindraraju, bio-organic chemistry laboratory, JNCASR, Jakkur for chemical sciences, Prof R Kalyani, MVJ medical college and research hospital, Hoskote for medical sciences, Prof Upendra Nongthomba, department of molecular reproduction, development and genetics, IISc for life sciences and Prof Ramesh S Bhat, department of biotechnology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad for agriculture sciences and animal husbandry.

For 2013
The Prof Satish Dhawan award for young engineers for 2013 was given to Prof Shalabh Bhatnagar, department of computer science and automation, IISc, Dr Prasanta Kumar Panda, material science division, CSIR-NAL, Prof G S Dwarakish, department of applied mechanics and hydraulics, NIT, Surathkal and Prof K R Sreenivas, engineering mechanics unit, JNCASR, Jakkur for engineering sciences. For 2014, the awards went to Dr Latha Christie, association director, DRDO, Prof Dinesh Rangappa, VTU centre for post-graduate studies, VIAT, Chikkaballapur and Dr G Narayanan, department of electrical engineering, IISc for engineering sciences.

Dr Kalpana Chawla award for young women scientists for 2013 was given to Dr Veena Prasad, centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CNSMS)
and Prof B Vishalakshi, department of chemistry, Mangalore
University for science and technology.
DH News Service

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