Several civilian awards have been instituted by various Ministries/Departments/Agencies of the Government of India to recognize people who have excelled in their fields and worked with dedication for selfless service to society.
Product Process Development and Commercialization : Recognition of outstanding contributions of: scientists / innovators / entrepreneurs / researchers / Indian institutions & companies (public as well as private) for development of new product or process and commercialization of the technology in the areas of Biotechnology.
Societal Development : Recognition of outstanding contribution of an individual or a social organization, working at grass-root level for societal development through application of biotechnological interventions in agriculture and allied areas, health care and hygiene for empowering people for lively hood generation, skill development and entrepreneurship for self-employment.
Indian citizen engaged in research and development or societal development in areas of Biotechnology in the country.
Decoration : Rs. 5.00 lakh cash award for each category along with a medal and certificate.
No. of Awardees : 2 (1 in each category)
Who can nominate?
(i) The scientists, teachers, innovators and entrepreneurs, institutions and companies engaged in R&D in the areas of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences including Agriculture, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences can be nominated by the Department of Biotechnology, Vice-Chancellors of Central and State Universities / Deemed Universities;Chairman,UGC;Director-Generals/Heads of agencies such as CSIR, ICAR, ICMR, DRDO, etc; Directors of national research institutions/laboratories, presidents of scientific societies and academics of all India character; Secretaries of S&T Departments such as DST, DSIR, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Environment & Forests, New and Renewable Energy, Atomic Energy, Space, Commerce ,Industry, Agriculture, Rural Development, Health & Family Welfare, Education, etc., Advisor/Member(science) NITI Ayog, Heads of industry / Biotech / Pharmaceuticals, associations, such as FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, AlBA, IDMA, etc. and reputed voluntary non-government organizations. Nomination is also required for award in social development category and should be done by eminent person/organization with extraordinary work and recognition by government agencies/organization for social development.
(ii) Self nomination with a recommendation letter from the suitable nomination authorities will be allowed.
(iii) Nominator may ensure that the person(s)/group recommended for particular category of award are pre-eminently worthy of the award(s), based on their achievement, quality of research and development work, outcome of R&D in the form of novel and innovative process/technology perfected/commercialized and contribution to social development through Biotechnology intervention.
(iv) The award is normally not conferred posthumously. However, in highly deserving cases, government may consider giving an award posthumously, if the demise of the person proposed to be honored has been recent, say within a period of one year preceding the Republic Day on which it is proposed to announce the award.
Applications will be assessed by National level committee constituted by Department of Biotechnology to select the applicants for award in each category based on the following criteria :
The work submitted by applicant should be novel and innovative.
(ii) The work submitted for NBIA should not have been awarded by any other agency/agencies in the past.
(iii) In case a suitable agency/candidate meeting the criteria is not available, the award would be deferred for that year.
Nomination Start Date : 01/01/2023
Nomination End Date : 28/02/2023
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