Elsevier and National Academy of Sciences, India, Announce Ten Winners of the 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards

Award ceremony held Sept. 22 at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi

New Delhi, September 22, 2015

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 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.

More than 100 guests representing the best from India's scientific community attended the awards ceremony – now in its sixth year of inception – held at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India & Chairman Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet, presented the awards to this year’s winners.

This year, the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards program attracted more than 600 entries from premier research institutions across India. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses using data 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 such 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.

Winners of the 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards are:

1.      Agriculture
Dr. Gnanavel Venkatesan
Scientist
Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Nainital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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 these awards as they encourage healthy competition, instill confidence and help establish credibility of first steps taken in the pursuit of scientific excellence.”

“I congratulate this year’s winners who continue to advance research excellence in India and all around the world,” said Youngsuk "Y.S." Chi, Chairman of Elsevier., 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.”

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

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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 55+ 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 the Elsevier 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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