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Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB) 2022

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Source: DTE


Context: Twelve male scientists were awarded India’s top Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB) for Science and Technology in 2022. The awards were announced at the inaugural session of the CSIR-NIScPR’s One Week One Lab Programme.

  • However, no female scientists have been chosen for this year
  • The awards were last announced in 2021


About the award and CSIR:

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) PrizeShanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) annual Prize for Science and Technology, established in 1957. Named after Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar, the founder-director of CSIR. Since its inception, only 19 women scientists have been the recipients of the SSB award
About CSIRCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research was established by the Government of India in 1942 (HQ: New Delhi) as an autonomous body that has emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India and also among the world’s largest publicly funded R&D organisations
Comprises 37 national laboratories, 39 outreach centers, 3 Innovation Complexes, and 5 units.
The Ministry of Science and Technology operates autonomously under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
ScopeEncompasses various fields including physics, genomics, nanotechnology, mining, aeronautics, and more; Conduct scientific and industrial/applied research of national importance
Structure President: Prime Minister of India (Ex-officio); Vice President: Union Minister of Science and Technology (Ex-officio)
InitiativesAddressing COVID-19 through technology verticals including diagnostics, drug repurposing, and more.
Developing indigenous technologies like Head-Up-Display for aircraft, solar trees for clean power, and lithium-ion battery fabrication.
Agriculture initiatives such as Bacterial Blight blight-resistant rice, white-fly resistant cotton variety, and more.
Healthcare projects like Genomics and other omics technologies for medical decision support and Ksheer-scanner for milk adulteration detection.
Food and nutrition efforts including Double-Fortified Salt to address anemia.