Elsevier and National Academy of Sciences Recognize Achievement of India’s Young Scientists at 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Nine winners of the 2016 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards join 82 past recipients in the awards’ roll of honor

New Delhi, India, September 15, 2016

New Delhi, India, September 15, 2016 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the National
Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)
, today announced the winners of the 2016 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards and the 10th year commemoration of the awards.

First introduced in 2006, the program was officially institutionalized within India’s scientific community in 2009 through Elsevier's collaboration with NASI. The awards serve to honor researchers under the age of forty years old building a career in academic research and help them gain broad recognition in India and abroad for their work.

Over the past decade, the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards have attracted more than 4,000 applications which were reviewed by 60 scientific experts from India’s scholarly community who were part of the judging panel. As of 2015, 82 winners across nine scientific disciplines have been announced.

The following nine 2016 award recipients were recognized at an award ceremony on September 15, and joined the distinguished ranks of the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards alumni:

  1. Agriculture Dr. Sachin
    Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  2. Biological Sciences
    Dr. Amit Singh
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  3. Chemistry
    Dr. Rajnish Kumar
    National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
  4. Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Sciences
    Dr. Vinayak Sinha
    Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali
  5. Engineering
    Dr. Manav Bhatnagar
    Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  6. Mathematics
    Dr. Jaydeb Sarkar

    Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
  7. Medicine
    Dr. Biman B. Mandal
    Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  8. Physics
    Dr. Sanjib Kumar Agarwalla
    Indian Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar
  9. Social Sciences Dr. Vishal Gupta
    Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

“The academy and Elsevier have partnered to recognize and award outstanding scientific talent in India by driving NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards,” said Professor Akhilesh K. Tyagi, President, National Academy of Sciences, India. “The recipients have demonstrated great potential to be world-class through hard work, dedication and original thinking leading to innovation. These awards establish their distinction and raise expectations for exemplary leadership in fostering research for a better nation and world.”

“The recent focus in India on academic competitiveness at a global level sends a strong signal to the rest of the world about this country’s vision to drive innovation and growth through scientific research”, said Youngsuk “Y.S.” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier. “The NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards is a celebration of the finest scholarly talent India has to offer and for a decade, has represented Elsevier’s commitment to supporting India’s pursuit of academic excellence.”

More than 600 applications were submitted for the 2016 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards from researchers of premier academic institutions across India. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and applications were judged by a panel of 32 subject experts from India's academic community on criteria as:

  • 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 the potential for research commercialization.


About National Academy of Sciences, India (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.

About Scopus
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 64+ million items indexed 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 and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of Elsevier's Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

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, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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