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Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology
Awarded for Research in science in India
Location Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Presented by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Government of India
First awarded 1958
Official website CSIRHRDG

The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB) is a science award in India given annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and Physics. The purpose of the prize is to recognize outstanding Indian work (according to the view of CSIR awarding committee) in science and technology. It is the most coveted award in multidisciplinary science in India.[1] The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.[2] It was first awarded in 1958.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible for the prize. The prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done in India only during the five years preceding the year of the prize. The prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of Rs. 500,000.[3] In addition recipients also get Rs. 15,000 per month up to the age of 65 years.

Nomination and selection

Names of candidates are proposed by a member of the governing body of CSIR, Vice-Chancellors of universities or institutes of national importance, deans of different faculties of science and former awardees. Selection is made by the Advisory Committee constituted each year and necessarily consists of at least six experts including at least one former Bhatnagar Awardee in the respective discipline. At least 2/3 agreement of the members is required for selection. If two nominees are unanimously recommended in the same field because of equal merit, they are both selected.[3]


The prize is divided into seven disciplines, namely (1) Biological Sciences (2) Chemical Sciences (3) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (4) Engineering Sciences (5) Mathematical Sciences (6) Medical Sciences (7) Physical Sciences. Further, each discipline can have multiple winners (maximum 2 individuals).[4] Up to 2008 the prize money was Rs 200,000, and was raised to 500,000 in 2009.[5]


The names of the recipients are traditionally declared by the Director General on every 26 September, which is the CSIR Foundation Day. The prize is distributed by the Prime Minister of India. The awardee is bound to give a lecture in the area of the award, generally outside his/her city of work.[3]


External links

  • Full List of Winners to date
  • Nominees 2012
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