Govt Launches ‘Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar’ to Honour Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation

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Govt Launches ‘Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar’: A New Award Celebrating Excellence in Science, Technology, and Innovation.

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Educational News: The Indian Government has proudly announced the inception of a new series of National Awards named “Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar”. RVP Awards will serve as the pinnacle of recognition in the domains of Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Who is eligible for Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar?

Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar: Objective and Eligibility

The primary aim of the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar is to honor the commendable and influential contributions made by stalwarts – scientists, technologists, and innovators, either as individuals or in teams, across various science and technology-led innovation fields.

Marked as one of the grandest accolades in its realm, the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar is open to all – be it those working in governmental or private sector organizations, or even individuals outside formal institutions.

Moreover, Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who have excelled in their respective fields benefiting Indian communities or society are also eligible.

What are the categories of Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar?

Diverse Award Categories Under the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar Umbrella

Government of India Introduces Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar: Recognizing Excellence in Science, Technology, and Innovation. The Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar will be bestowed across four primary categories:

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Vigyan Ratna (VR): This award will recognize lifetime achievements & contributions made in any field of science and technology.

Vigyan Shri (VS): This award will recognize distinguished contributions in any field of science and technology.

Vigyan Yuva-Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (VY-SSB): This award will recognize & encourage young scientists up to the age of 45 years who made an exceptional contribution in any field of science and technology.

Vigyan Team (VT): This award to be given to a team comprising of three or more scientists/researchers/innovators who have made an exceptional contribution working in a team in any field of science and technology.

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Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar Jury: Who Decides the Winners?

The Broad Spectrum of Domains and Transparent Selection

The Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar envelopes a wide range of 13 domains such as Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Space Science, Technology & Innovation, among others. A balanced representation from each of these sectors, along with an emphasis on gender equality, will be a core principle.

The Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskars shall be given in the 13 domains

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Physics Chemistry Biological Sciences
Mathematics & Computer Science Earth Science Medicine
Engineering Sciences Agricultural Science Environmental Science
Technology & Innovation Atomic Energy Space Science and Technology

The Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar Committee (RVPC), led by the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India, will judiciously evaluate all nominations.

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This esteemed committee will also comprise Secretaries of Science Departments, members of renowned Science and Engineering Academies, and a select group of eminent scientists and technologists.

When to apply for Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar?

Nomination and Award Announcement Timelines of Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar

The government will start accepting nominations for the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar from 14th January each year, culminating on 28th February (coinciding with National Science Day).

The National Science Award recipients will be declared on 11th May (National Technology Day), with the grand award ceremony slated for 23rd August (National Space Day).

All awardees will receive a medal and a certificate.

Elevating the Stature of Scientific Achievements in India

The introduction of the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar by the Government of India is a monumental stride in elevating the status of the scientific community.

By ensuring transparency and fairness in the selection procedure, this initiative promises to recognize the tireless efforts of every scientist, innovator, and technologist, positioning them at par with other prestigious national awards.

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