Elsevier and NASI Honor Promising Young Scientists in India for their Excellence in Academic Research

Nine young scientists in India announced as winners of NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards

Delhi, India, August 6, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) honor the academic research achievement of nine young scientists at the 7th NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.

The ceremony, held yesterday at The Park Hotel, New Delhi, was attended by more than 150 guests representing India's top scientific fraternity, including Shri S. Jaipal Reddy, Honorable Minister of Science & Technology of the Ministry of Earth Sciences India, who presented the awards.

Recognizing India's increasing contribution to world science, Elsevier first launched the Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2006 to honor the talent, knowledge and expertise of India's early career researchers.

Elsevier's collaboration with NASI began in 2009 when the award was officially institutionalized within the Indian scientific community. The award honors researchers who are building their careers in academic research and is designed to help them gain recognition of their work.

Into the seventh year, the Scopus Young Scientist Awards attracted more than 600 applications from multiple premier research institutions from across the country. Applications were judged by a distinguished panel of 37 subject matter experts from India's academic community. The jury looked at: the quality and number of publications, fellowships of academies, awards and grants received, relevance of the scientific work and its outcome, and the overall presentation and discussion at the in person meeting. Special consideration was also given to novel ideas and innovations which have potential for future research and commercial application.

The nine selected winners represent academic research excellence in nine different fields of science which will help drive innovation and development at a national level.

The winners are:

Agriculture

Dr. Mukesh Jain
Staff Scientist, National Institute of Plant Genome Research -New Delhi

Biological Sciences

Dr. Sathyanarayana Gummadi
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology -Chennai

Chemistry

Dr. Tapas Kumar Maji
Associate Professor - Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore

Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences

Dr. Supriyo Mitra
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

Engineering

Dr. Yogesh M. Joshi
Associate Professor - Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Mathematics

Dr. L Sunil Chandran
Associate Professor - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Medicine

Dr. Surinder Singh Rana
Assistant Professor- Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research, Chandigarh

Physics

Dr. Soma Veugopal Rao
Associate Professor, University of Hyderabad

Social Sciences

Dr. K Jaishankar
Senior Assistant Professor- Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu

"It is a pleasure for our academy to be associated with Elsevier for the Scopus Young Scientist Awards to promote excellence and nurture creativity in science. I hope our collaboration will continue with vigor in years to come and am confident that the NASI-Elsevier Scopus Young Scientist Awards program will play its commendable role in future," said Dr. K. Kasturirangan, President, National Academy of Sciences India.

"At Elsevier, we are very excited to be supporting and nurturing Indian research not only through our high-quality content and innovative solutions, but also through events like the Scopus Awards. Through our partnership with the National Academy of Sciences, India, we have been able to bring even more talented individuals to the award ceremony, making this experience all the more meaningful. In this way, the Scopus Awards both honor the excellent work of young scientists and bring together a dynamic group of researchers at the ceremony – we're recognizing and building on the outstanding research being done in India today," said Youngsuk "Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier.

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About NASI
Founded in the year 1930, the National Academy of Sciences, India is the oldest Science Academy of the country and is located at Allahabad. The main objective of the Academy was to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them. http://www.nasi.org.in/

About Scopus

Scopus
, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

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