MEETING ON MODALITIES FOR INDIA
A meeting was held
here today under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Human Resource
Development and Science and Technology, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi
to discuss a draft framework on the modalities concerning the
India Science Award. The announcement of the Award was made by
the Prime Minister during the Indian Science Congress in Bangalore
early this year. The 25 lakh rupee award will be the highest in
Attended by nearly
20 top scientists, the meeting considered suggestions regarding
the selection criteria, mode of selection, the scope and various
other aspects related to it. Sub-Committees were formed to decide
on these aspects.
Dr. Joshi told
them that the Award must only be for path-breaking original innovation
or research. He said the Award should in the course of time be
made to attain the stature of Nobel prize.
Those who attended
the meeting include the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government
of India, Dr. R. Chidambaram; the Secretary, Department of Science
and Technology, Prof. V.S.Ramamurthy; the Director-General CSIR,
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar; noted scientists Prof. M.G.K. Menon; Dr.
S.K. Joshi; Prof. P.N. Tandon and representatives from various