Dr Shekhar C. Mande Receives HK Firodia Vijnan Bhushan Award
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Dr Shekhar C. Mande, Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) was bestowed with the HK Firodia Memorial award for his contributions to science on 7 February 2020 during the 24th edition of the award ceremony held in Pune, along with ISRO chief, Dr K. Sivan. 

HK Firodia Awards for Excellence in Science & Technology are given in the memory of H.K. Firodia every year to Indian scientists for their outstanding and original contributions towards S&T including any field of scientific endeavour from Agriculture, Medical Sciences, Engineering to Space and Environmental Sciences.

Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Chancellor, Nalanda University conferred the Vijnan Bhushan Award to Dr Shekhar C. Mande while Dr K. Sivan received the Vijnan Ratna Award at the hands of Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, former DG-CSIR. 

Dr Mande is one of India’s leading experts in DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics and also a leading structural and computational biologist having more than 100 publications and many awards to his credit including the most prestigious science award in India — Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2005.

During the event, Dr Mande gave a presentation of the work he has been doing and discussed “TB Research from Integrative Perspective” wherein he mentioned that timely and proper diagnosis and treatment can cure this dreadful disease TB. 

“CSIR is a fantastic organisation and almost everyone who is here on the stage and many people in the audience have directly or indirectly benefitted by the work that is being carried out by this great organisation and of course the golden period of CSIR was between 1995 and 2006 and I don’t need to mention what the golden period was about,” said Dr Mande.