Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma receiving Gujar Mal Modi Award for Innovative Science & Technology 2013 from Prof G K Menon, former chairman, ISRO.
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Late Rai Bahadur Gujar Mal Modi, ‘Gujar Mal Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology 2013' was awarded to internationally renowned scientist, Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma for his outstanding achievements in malaria research, control and prevention, including other vector borne diseases. The award was announced during a special ceremony held at New Delhi on August 9, 2013.
Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma is known for his path-breaking work and contribution in the field of basic and applied research of Malaria and vector biology. He is spearheading the "Safe Water" campaign of the National Academy of Sciences, India launched during the Year of Science. His work on popularization of science, creating awareness and science education programmes of NASI are widely appreciated including in very remote areas.
The founding director of National Institute of Malarial Research, Dr Sharma received a cash prize of Rs two lakh and one thousand, a scroll of honour and a silver shield. Speaking on the occasion, he expressed his satisfaction on the career he undertook and the work opportunities he got. "Malaria continues to be among the biggest killer diseas in the country and we have to take it head on through research and awareness," said Dr Sharma while asking scientists to remain focussed on research efforts.
Present on the occasion were, K Kasturirangan, current chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Prof M K G Menon, former chairman ISRO and prominent scientist, Dr Manju Sharma, former secretary, department of biotechnology and other prominent persons from the government and industry.The minister of science and technology, Mr S Jaipal Reddy who could not make it to the event, sent his greetings. In his message that was read out by the organizers said, "I congratulate the Gujar Mal Modi Science Foundation for continuing with its noble endeavour." He also congratulated Dr Sharma for its outstanding efforts in the field in malaria research, control and prevention, including other vector borne diseases.
The Gujar Mal Modi Innovative Science and Technology Award is among the highest cash awards in the country in the field of Science and Technology. The award was instituted in 1988 in the memory of one of the great industrialists of India, late Rai Bahadur Gujar Mal Modi. It is given each year to a person who has demonstrated the qualities of excellence and innovation through outstanding research and providing leadership in the development and promotion of Science and Technology in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr S K Modi, President of the G M Modi Foundation, was full of admiration and praise for the eminent scientist and restated his dedication towards research in the field of science and technology. "A Malariologist like Dr. Sharma is to be credited for bringing the nation at the frontier of the international scientific community. We, at The Gujar Mal Modi Science Foundation feel delighted and proud to recognize such invaluable research of our distinguished scientists, and will continue to be committed to carrying forward our efforts and dedication on bringing to light such achievements."