Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award
Smt S Sharnalavalli, PSA of the Centre for Advance Systems Studies & Analysis (CASSA), Bangalore was awARDEd with the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award-2001 for her outstanding contributions towards women's welfare. The Award was conferred on her by Dr Balrarn Jakhar at the National Conference on the Role of Women in Building the Society organised at New Delhi on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Best Paper Award
Dr Anshu Mittal, Research Associate, was awARDEd the Best Oral Presentation Award for her paper titled Influence of Podophyllum Hexandrum on the Antioxidant Defence System in Mice-Possible Role in Radioprotection. The Award was conferred on her at the Satellite Meeting International Conference of lARP organised at Jaipur, during 26-27 February 2001.
Vasvik Research Award
Dr HS Chandrasekharaiah, Sci F, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, has been awARDEd with Vasvik Research Award in the field of mechanical sciences and technology for 1996 for the development of investment casting and light alloy structural castings by Vividhlaxi Audyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra (VASVIK). The Award was conferred on him by Prof MGK Menon, Chairman, Vasvik, on 27 January 2001 at Mumbai.
Maj Mohan Vizhakat posted at the Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) RDC, Chandigarh has been awARDEd Sena Medal by the President of India on 26 January 2001 for his excellent service in the field of design and development of Automatic Weather Station and its establishment in Siachen Glacier during 2000.
Army Chiefs Commendations
Capt Vinod Shukla posted at the Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Manali has been awARDEd the Citation of the Chief of Army Staff for his exceptional work in the field of design and development of Sprang Bahn, its establishment and successful trials at Banihal Top and Nastachun Pass in Kashmir Valley during winter 1999-2000. The technology is essential for the triggering of avalanches by artificial means.
Nk Janabir Singh posted at SASE has been awARDEd the Citation of the Chief of Army Staff for his dedicated services at Banihal Top during winter 1999-2000. He supported the team of Capt Vinod Shukla in establishing and test trials of Sprang Bahn at Banihal top. He also carried out the artificial triggering of avalanches during the winter.
Whitekar Vigyan Puraskar
Shri SC Lakhera, Sci C, Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi, has been awARDEd Whitekar Vigyan Puraskar by the Whitekar Vigyan Parishad, Prayag, Allahabad, for his article titled Bharatiya Missileyon Kye Janak-Dr APJ Abdul Kalam published in May 1999 issue of Avishkar (an NRDC publication). This article has been adjudged as the best article published on a distinguished living scientist during 1999.