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Indore: Holkar College to confer Deshpande Award on three academics


Indore: Government Holkar (Autonomous) Science College, which is a leading science institute of Madhya Pradesh, would bestow prestigious Dr SS Deshpande Award on three academicians for their extra-ordinary contribution in the field of chemistry. The award carries cash prize of Rs 21,000 and citation.

“The award will be conferred in a gracious function this year,” said college principal Rooplakha Vyas. The institution announced an award in the field of chemistry in the memory of Dr SS Deshpande, a noted academic. “Deshpande served Holkar College as a professor and was a noted researcher.  The college received his services from 1920 to 1975. He was awarded PhD degree under guidance of Dr Thrope and Dr Todd, both Nobel laureates,” Vyas said.

Deshpande was vice-principal of Holkar College from 1935 to 1944 and thereafter became principal. He was awarded DSc degree by Vikram University in 1972. The first award was given to Dr T Pradeep, IIT Chennai, in the international Year of Chemistry in 2011. The award for 2012, 2013 and 2014 were given to Dr CS Gopinath, NCL, Pune; Dr KK Pant, IIT Delhi, and Dr Niranjan Karak, Tejpur University, Assam respectively in 2015.

Now, the institute is going to confer award for 2015, 2016 and 2017 on three different academicians. While the names of two academics have been decided, applications have been invited for the third one. “The award for 2015 and 2016 would be given to Dr Vinod Tiwari from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Dr Partha Sarathi Mukharjee from Indian Institute of Science Bangalore respectively,” Holkar College faculty member Sanjay Vyas said.

He said applications for award for 2017 have been invited from the academicians of chemistry subject and scientists. The interested candidates will be required to send research achievements of last three years in the field of chemistry for the award by September 30. The selection board for this award will have three prominent persons.