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Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao presented the Oxford Instruments 'Young Nanoscientist India Award 2017' to Professor Narayan Pradhan for his outstanding contribution to Nanotechnology in India, instituted by the Nanotechnology Forum 2017, organised at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore on April 27, 2017.
The NT Forum was formed in 2014 to recognise and support young researchers in India undertaking research in the field of nanotechnology. This year the Forum received 34 nominations for research carried out by eminent researchers from across India.
Technical talks were presented by, Professor Narayan Pradhan, the winner of the award, Professor Richard Haley from Lancaster University and Dr Ziad Melhem from Oxford Instruments UK.
Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao, Chairman of the Selection Committee , said after presenting the award, “It is heartening to see that for the second time in a row, the NT Forum has attracted nominations reflecting the very high standard of research that is carried out in India. The Committee had a hard time in deciding on the winner. Dr. Narayan Pradhan has been selected on merit for his outstanding contribution to nanotechnology in India. The committee is very pleased and believes that this award will further motivate nanotechnology researchers in India, as it also provides them with a global platform for recognition.” Professor Rao also emphasised on achieving milestones through research activities and wished to focus on diversified Nano applications like Nano Bio and Nano Medicine, which would help the society in large.
“Oxford Instruments congratulates Dr Narayan Pradhan for winning this award. At Oxford Instruments, we believe in promoting and recognising the novel work of young scientists undertaking research in various fields of nanotechnology. We would like to thank the Committee Members of the NT Forum chaired by Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao for their continuous guidance and support” said Rajesh Jain, General Manager, Oxford Instruments India Pvt. Ltd.
As winner of Oxford Instruments Young Nanoscientist award 2017, Professor Narayan Pradhan was awarded with a certificate, medal and cash prize of INR 200,000/- (Two Lakhs) for his achievement. NT forum has also arranged for him to deliver talks in a number of foreign universities as an invited lecturer.