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GENERAL MEDALS AND LECTURES

MEDALS
  (A) Any Branch of Science
  (B) Popularization of Science

  (A) Any Branch of Science
    (I) The Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman Medal
(II) The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal
(III) The Meghnad Saha Medal
(IV) The Aryabhata Medal
   

The above Medals shall be awarded for outstanding contribution in any branch of science coming within the purview of the Academy. The President, INSA, shall suggest name/s for consideration by the Council, at a meeting to be held in December/January of the year of the award and the name selected by the Council shall be announced at the Anniversary General Meeting.

The awardee will deliver a lecture on the subject of his choice normally at the following Annual General Meeting or at one of the General Meetings of the Academy. The award consists of a Copper Medal (gold plated) and a citation.

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  (B) Popularization of Science
    (I) Indira Gandhi Prize for Popularization of Science
 

1.    The award was instituted by INSA in 1986 to encourage and recognize popularization of science in the country. The prize shall be awarded once in three years for outstanding work done by an individual for the popularization of science in any Indian language, including English. The nominee must have had a distinguished career as a writer, editor, journalist, lecturer, radio or television programme director, science photographer or as an illustrator, which has enabled him/her to interpret science (including medicine), research and technology to the public. He/She should have a knowledge of the role of science, technology and research in the enrichment of cultural heritage and in solution of problems of humanity. The first award was made in 1986.

The prize is open to any Indian national residing in the country and will carry honorarium of Rs 25,000/-, citation and a bronze medal. Two prizes will be awarded, one each to a career scientist and to a career media personnel who are engaged in popularization of science.

2.    Nominations for consideration for the prize shall be invited from INSA Fellows, Vice-Chancellors, Deans, Principals, Directors of leading scientific institutions and national laboratories and Editors of selected Indian science journals. Advertisements will also be inserted in the selected popular science journals for this purpose.

The nomination paper shall specify: (i) Name and address of nominee; (ii) Name, designation and address of nominator; (iii) Summary of the work done by the nominee which will form the basis for nomination (about 200 words); (iv) a longer statement (not exceeding 1000 words) providing additional information regarding the career of the nominee as a popularizer of science; (v) nominee’s biodata (not more than three pages) and list of nominee’s published works. Two sets of reprints or xerox copies of important works to be made available for viewing by the jury; (vi) whether the work (part or whole) presented has been recognized for any other prize or award; and (vii) names of three references (with addresses and telephone numbers) who may be contacted for further information. The last date for receipt of nominations in the Academy is July 15.

3.    The President, INSA, will appoint a Committee which will consist of four members besides him to consider the nominations and make recommendations to the Council. The Committee will be empowered to consult experts in the field, if necessary. The material for judging would include writing in newspapers, magazines, popular books and scripts prepared for radio and television programmes and films. Initiative, originality, scientific accuracy, clarity of interpretation and impact of creating excitement, interest and understanding of science would be important criteria for judging the entries. Work already recognized for any other award will not be considered. The recommendations of the Committee shall be considered by the Council in December /January. The name of the person selected for the prize will be announced at the Anniversary General Meeting of the Academy.

 

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    (II) INSA Medal for Promotion and Service to Science
 

The Medal was established by the Academy in the year 2001 for purpose of recognizing those who have rendered exceptional service for promoting science in India.

The Medal shall be awarded for exceptional service to promoting Science in India. The prize is open to any Indian national and will carry a gold medal (of 20 grams) and a citation. The President, INSA, shall suggest, for consideration by the Council, names at a meeting of the Council to be held in December/January prior to year of the award and the name selected by the Council shall be announced at the Anniversary General Meeting. The first award was made in the year 2002.

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  LECTURES


Any Branch of Science

(i) The Sisir Kumar Mitra Memorial Lecture

The lecture was established in the year 1963 from the General Funds of the Academy in the memory of late Professor Sisir Kumar Mitra, a Foundation Fellow and past President of the Academy. The first award was made in the year 1966.

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(ii) The Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan Memorial Lecture

The lecture was established in the year 1965 from the General Funds of the Academy in the memory of late Professor Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan, a Foundation Fellow and past President of the Academy. The first award was made in the year 1969.

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(iii) The Daulat Singh Kothari Memorial Lecture

The lecture was established in the year 1993 from the General Funds of the Academy in the memory of the late Professor Daulat Singh Kothari, an distinguished Fellow and a past President of the Academy. The first award was made in the year 1996.

The President, INSA, shall suggest, for consideration by the Council, names at a meeting of the Council to be held in December/January and the names selected by the Council shall be announced at the Anniversary General Meeting. The lectureship includes an honorarium of Rs 25,000/- and a citation.

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(iv) Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Lecture
The lecture was established in 1989 from the general funds of the Academy. Two Lectureships are awarded once in three years to Indian scientists. One award will be made in Physical Sciences (SC-I to VI) and the other one in Biological Sciences (SC-VII to XII). The lectureship includes an honorarium of Rs. 25,000/- and a citation.

President, INSA, shall suggest names for consideration by Council at its meeting to be held in October preceding the year of awards. The names selected by the Council shall be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Academy.

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