Centre asks health and science departments to tweak awards; suggests Nobel-like 'Vigyan Ratna'

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla suggested instituting a Nobel Prize-like award 'Vigyan Ratna' for scientists after consultation with the Centre's Principal Scientific Adviser.

PTIUpdated: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 03:53 PM IST
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The Home Ministry has suggested a Nobel-like prize in India | AP

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has asked eight science and health departments to cut back on over 300 awards handed out by them and institute honours of high stature for really deserving candidates.

In a meeting that was held with secretaries of science and health departments, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla suggested instituting a Nobel Prize-like award 'Vigyan Ratna' for scientists post consultation with the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government.

The exercise follows orders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to transform the entire ecosystem of awards in order to build credibility and trust by focusing on transparency and objectivity in the selection process.

The home secretary has asked the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to continue with the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards, but tweak the monthly honorarium rules by capping it at 15 years.

The Department of Science and Technology, which gives away over 200 awards, has been asked to discontinue all private endowment, lecture/scholarship/fellowship, and internal awards.

It has been asked to initiate a new scheme for scholarship/fellowship with suitable honorarium with full justification and detailed guidelines with internal awards also merged in the new initiative.

In May, the home secretary had asked all ministries to rationalise awards given by them.

The Department of Health has been asked to rationalise the number of Florence Nightingale Nurses Awards given to 51 nurses every year and recast the three awards given by the National Medical Council(NMC), including the B C Roy Award, and institute a new award of very high stature.

The home secretary asked the Department of Health Research to scrap the 37 awards, including the 32 endowment awards, and convert the Calcutta National Medical College (CNMC) Short Term Studentship (STS) Excellence Award into a research grant.

A review meeting in this regard will be held by the Prime Minister's Office soon, the home secretary said.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Department of Space, and the Department of Atomic Energy have been asked to institute new awards of very high stature after scrapping the existing awards.

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