The J.C. Bose National Fellowship for year 2015 has been awarded to Director of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Srivari Chandrasekhar, and Head of the Centre for Molecular Modeling in the same institute, G. Narahari Sastry by Department of Science and Technology. They have been awarded the fellowship for their exemplary performance in scientific research and desire to pursue research in India.
As per the notification released, Mr. Chandrasekhar is amongst some of the top personalities in terms of contributions in diverse areas of organic chemistry. Due to extensive innovations and outstanding research contributions in the areas of organic chemistry, he has been awarded with CNR Rao National Prize in Chemical Research in the year 2012. He has contributed especially in chiral chemistry and total synthesis of biologically active natural products. Earlier process development and drug discovery in association with pharmaceutical industry has helped him in developing economically viable processes and lead compounds.
The other person Mr. Sastry has earlier been conferred with the Shanthi Swarup Bhatnagar prize for his research in computer-aided drug design, a release said. The candidates thus selected under this fellowship program are offered a grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum along with a monthly addition fellowship for a period of five years.
Department of Science and Technology is also the official funding agency of the other national fellowship program Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana which is also known as KVPY. Students who are selected under the KVPY programme as KVPY fellow are offered contingency grants upto the Ph.D level. The pptitude exam can be taken by students pursuing B.Sc. /B.S./ B.Stat./ B.Math./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S or Class 11, 12 (Science Students) but the fellowship in case of school students will only be activated if they join basic science course after Class 12.
Now the reason behind the discussion of KVPY is that if we consider the eligibility criteria of J.C. Bose National Fellowship then the candidate applying must be 68 years old at the time of completion of fellowship. The candidates who possess higher degree or equivalent, which is either a master’s degree/ Ph.D/ MD in the fields of science/ engineering or medicine, with substantial work experience in the field of their study. What is bad if after pursuing the Masters or Ph.D. that too under the grant of fellowship with substantial work experience the person is becoming beneficiary of the fellowship in which he/she will be awarded Rs. 25000 per month apart from the regular research income.
In the year 2013, J.C. Bose National Fellowship was offered to the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Dr.Baldev Singh Dhillon in recognition of his outstanding performance and contributions to the scientific research. Other recipients in the past have included Prof. K. N. Ganesh, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Director, National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar.