Kerala State Young Scientist Award 2017 – 2018 by KSCSTE


The Kerala State Young Scientist Award instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) is intended to honour talented young Kerala Scientists in recognition of their outstanding contributions in any branch of science and technology. Research carried out in Kerala by young scientists of Indian origin, who has not attained the age of 37 years as on December 31, 2017, in any of the 14 disciplines will be taken into consideration for the award.

Number of Awards

The number of awards made in each year will be limited to 14. Awards will not be shared.

Age Limit

Any scientist of Indian origin, at the age of 37 years as on 31 Dec 2017 shall be eligible for nomination.

Nomination Procedure

Candidates may be nominated by  Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Kerala, Directors of Research  Institutes/ R & D Centres of Industries, Heads of University Departments,  Principals of Colleges with approved centres of research, Fellows of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Nominations will be valid for 3 years or the eligibility age whichever is earlier. However, a fresh nomination (only once) can be made, if the nominee has not yet crossed the age bar. Nominations in the prescribed format along with all supporting documents must reach the Director, KSCSTE, Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695004 latest by 10 Nov 2017.  Nominations which are not complete or received after the due date will not be considered.

Selection Procedure

Candidates recommended by the screening committee after a rigorous criteria-based screening will be invited for presentation of their research work.  The candidates will be informed of their selection for the award individually by mail. The awards will be distributed during the inaugural session of the Kerala Science Congress by the Chief Minister. The Awardees have to make a 15 min presentation of the award winning work in the Plenary Session of the Kerala Science Congress.

Cash Prize and Research Grant

Each Awardee will be presented with a certificate with citation  and a cash prize of  Rs. 50,000/-. In addition, in exceptionally meritorious and needy cases, the recipient may be considered by the Council for a research grant of Rs.50 lakhs after due consideration of the research project with the help of an expert committee. The Awardee, within 3 years of the receipt of the award, will be considered for a visit abroad for presenting the research work at a conference.

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Subject Committees

Subject Committee – I – Mathematical Sciences

Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science, Statistics

Subject Committee – II – Physics

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Statistical Physics, Space Physics

Subject Committee – III- Chemical Sciences

Analytical, Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Subject Committee – IV – Earth & Planetary Sciences

Surface and Solid Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, Ocean Science and Planetary Science

Subject Committee – V – Engineering Sciences & Technology

Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical, Civil, Aeronautical, Telecommunication and other branches of Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences and Technology Development

Subject Committee – VI – Materials Science

Materials including composites, Nano Materials, Bio materials, Materials chemistry and Materials Engineering

Subject Committee – VII -Plant Sciences

Taxonomy, Structure, Function, Physiology, Development, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution of Plants

Subject Committee – VIII – Animal Sciences

Taxonomy, Structure, Function, Physiology, Development, Genetics, Ecology Behaviour and Evolution of Animals

Subject Committee – IX – Microbiology and Immunology

Biology of viruses, Bacteria and Parasites, Microbial Genetics and Genomics, Immunology

Subject Committee – X- Cell and Biomolelcular Sciences

Biochemistry, Biophysics, cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Biotechnology

Subject Committee – XI – Health Sciences

Basic and Clinical Medical Sciences, Anthropology, Psychology, Human Genetics, Public Health, Nutrition

Subject Committee – XII- Agricultural Sciences & Forestry

Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Veterinary Science, Agriculture Engineering

Subject Committee – XIII

Science Teaching and Science Education

Subject Committee – XIV

Regional Science & Science Policy
(The Subject committee may forward the nominations to another committee whenever appropriate.)

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