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Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar

  • Context (PIB): GoI invited individuals or teams for nominations to “Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar.
  • Nominations can be submitted through the Ministry of Home Affairs Award Portal.
  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) coordinates the awards.
  • Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar will be announced on National Technology Day (May 11, 2024).
  • The Award Ceremony for all categories is on National Space Day (August 23, 2024).

Rastriya Vigyan Puraskar

  • The award recognises the outstanding contributions of researchers, technologists, and innovators in various fields of science and technology.
  • It aims to recognize lifetime achievements and distinguished contributions and encourage young scientists and exceptional teams in various science and technology domains.

Award Categories

  • Vigyan Ratna (VR): Maximum of 3 awards for lifetime achievements.
  • Vigyan Shri (VS): Maximum of 25 awards for distinguished contributions.
  • Vigyan Yuva: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award: Maximum of 25 awards for young scientists.
  • Vigyan Team (VT) award: Maximum of 3 awards for exceptional team contributions.

Domains for Recognition

  • Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar is given in 13 domains: Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science, Earth Science, Medicine, Engineering Sciences, Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, Technology & Innovation, Atomic Energy, Space Science and Technology, and Others.

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

  • It is a premier scientific and industrial research organization in India, established in 1942 by Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.
  • It operates as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Some of its notable achievements include the development of the first synthetic anti-malarial drug (Elubaquine & Arteether), the discovery of the anti-leprosy drug (Mycobacterium MW), and advancements in aerospace technologies.

National Technology Day

  • It is observed annually on May 11 to commemorate India’s successful nuclear tests conducted on May 11, 1998, in Pokhran, Rajasthan.
  • Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee coined it.
  • The day emphasizes the crucial role of technology in national development and encourages continued investment and innovation.

National Space Day

  • It is celebrated every year on August 23 to mark the historic landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar South Pole in 2023.
  • It aims to celebrate India’s technological feat, acknowledge country’s growing prominence in space exploration, & motivate the younger generation to pursue careers in space science & technology.
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