In pursuit of excellence! President’s Secretariat announces Visitor’s Awards 2019

News Bharati    09-Sep-2019
New Delhi, September 9: President’s Secretariat today announced the recipients of Visitor’s Awards 2019. This year Visitor’s Awards will be presented for Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Biological Sciences and for Technology Development. 

The Visitor’s Award for Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will be presented to Prof. Sibnath Deb from the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University, for his research in the field of child protection, especially his focus on child abuse and neglect, student’s mental health and HIV/AIDS. 
The Visitor’s Award for Research in Physical Sciences will be presented to Prof. Sanjay Puri from the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, for his research in the field of non-equilibrium statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics. 
The Visitor’s Award for Research in Biological Sciences will be jointly presented to Prof. Asad Ullah Khan from the Inter-disciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, for identifying Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem in India: mechanism of spread and control of AMR; and to Dr Partima from the Special Centre for Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru University, for her research on nano-biosensors and nano-bio-interactions especially early stage cancer diagnosis using nanomaterials bases bio-sensing platform. 
The Visitor’s Award for Technology Development will be conferred on Dr. Shaon Ray Chaudhuri from the Department of Microbiology, Tripura University, for her developing miarobial biofilm reactor for conversion of dairy wastewater into biofertilizer. 
The Visitor’s Awards 2019 will be presented by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at a function to be organised in Rashtrapati Bhavan, at a date to be announced shortly. 
For selecting the awardees, online applications were invited from all Central Universities for each category. A Selection Committee headed by Sanjay Kothari, Secretary to the President and comprising eminent persons and academicians, assisted by a Sub-Committee, made the selections. 
Visitor’s Awards had been instituted in 2014 to promote healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivate them to adopt best practices from around the world in pursuit of excellence. Since then, the President annually confers Visitor’s Awards in various categories.