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2015 National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Scopus Young Scientist Awards


New Delhi, September 22, 2015 – Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)  announced the winners of the 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.

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The Scopus Young Scientist Awards were first launched by Elsevier in 2006. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier's collaboration with NASI. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work.

This year’s NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards program attracted nearly 650 applications from premier research institutions across India. A panel of 32 subject experts from India's academic community judged the applications, using quantitative analyses from Scopus data provided by Elsevier. Additional criteria the judges used included:

  • Quality and number of publications
  • Nature and uniqueness of research
  • Outcomes of research
  • Impact on society
  • Vision of the researcher

Special consideration was also given to novel and innovative ideas with potential for commercial application.

2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award recipients (by discipline)

Dr. Gnanavel Venkatesan
Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Nainital

Dr. Swarup K. Parida
Staff Scientist
National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi

Biological Sciences
Dr. Suvendra Nath Bhattacharyya
Principal Scientist
CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata

Dr. Subi Jacob George
Associate Professor
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences
Dr. Tarun Gupta
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Dr. Subhransu Ranjan Samantaray
Assistant Professor
Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar

Dr. UK Anandavardhanan
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Dr. Rajnish Kumar Chaturvedi
CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow

Dr. G. V. Pavan Kumar
Assistant Professor
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune

Social Sciences
Dr. Subharati Ghosh
Assistant Professor
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

The awards ceremony

More than 150 guests, representing India's top scientific community, attended the awards ceremony held in New Delhi. The awards were presented by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India & Chairman Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet.

“NASI Scopus Young Scientists awards are now considered as a premier recognition of hard work, innovations and aspirations of young scientists of India” said Professor Akhilesh Tyagi, President, National Academy of Sciences, India. “We are proud to associate with Elsevier for the same as they encourage healthy competition, instill confidence and help establish credibility of first steps taken in the pursuit of scientific excellence.

Youngsuk "Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, said, “I congratulate this year’s winners who continue to advance research excellence in India and all around the world. At Elsevier we are honored to support these award recipients and other stakeholders across the Indian scientific community with highest quality content and cutting edge digital solutions. We are thrilled to be part of this exciting time for Indian science, and tonight’s event is a celebration of this country’s commitment to driving forward innovation and growth through research”.

Read more about the NASI Scopus Young Scientists awards in the “Education Times” or “The Statesman.”

Watch the awards ceremony

About National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)

Founded in the 1930, the National Academy of Sciences, India, located at Allahabad, is the country’s oldest Science Academy. The Academy’s main objective was to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists, and provide opportunities for those scientists to exchange of views.

About the Scopus Young Scientist awards and India

India is one of the largest scientific and research workforce, contributing a large number of published papers. The Scopus Young Scientist awards are an Elsevier initiative that endeavors to showcase, recognize and reward young Indian scientists from diverse fields of scientific research. Started in 2006, Scopus awards are our way of saying thank you to the Indian research community for contributing their best to the research world.


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