Friday, January 25, 2008

Republic Day Awards

The full list is in this press release.

Here are the awards under the Science and Technology category:

Padma Vibhushan
Dr. E. Sreedharan
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri
Padma Bhushan
Prof. Asis Datta
Prof. Sukh Dev
Mrs. Sunita Williams (USA)
Dr. Vasant Gowarikar
Padma Shri
Shri Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain
Dr. Joseph H. Hulse (Canada)
Prof. Kasturi Lal Chopra
Dr. Sant Singh Virmani (USA)

Among the other names, I could recognize a few academics: Prof. Kaushik Basu (Cornell economist), Prof. Padma Desai (Columbia economist), and Prof. Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan (NYU mathematician) have a Padma Bhushan each, while Prof. Sukhdeo Thorat (UGC Chairman) has a Padma Shri.

Previous posts on the Republic Day Awards: 2007 and 2006.

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Happy Republic Day, folks!


  1. Tabula Rasa said...

    abi, the press release link doesn't seem to work.

  2. Abi said...

    Thanks, TR, for the alert. When I posted it, the link worked; but within a couple of hours the Press Information Bureau's CMS changed the link to the press release! I have changed it, and let's hope this one will stay. Tomorrow, I will post a link to a somewhat more permanent URL (perhaps the Hindu).

  3. gaddeswarup said...

    Meanwhile, there is a list here:
    The award for S.R.S.Varadhan, Kaushik Basu Padma Desai is in 'Literature and Education'.

  4. Tabula Rasa said...

    heh, no problem. i went through a funny few minutes because i know someone you'd listed, so i emailed them effusively, and got a bewildered response since they themselves hadn't heard. so i tried checking the link, and that didn't work!

  5. Anonymous said...

    Dr. Varadhan is awarded the Padma Bhushan while Sachin Tendulkar is recognised with a Padma Vibhushan? Does anybody know what is enormity of Dr.Varadhan's life and work? What has Sachin Tendulkar achieved that Dr.Vasant Gowarikar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Dr.Kaushik Basu, and a host of others have not? And what no Bharat Ratna for Baba Amte? What a great disappointment! What message do we send our kids. Sachin Tendulkar a very wealthy man, many times over, wouldn't pay the customs duty on his free Ferrari, shamelessly seeking a special dispensation from the Government (with Pramod Mahajan gleefully promising to 'look into the matter'). And what has Dominique Lapierre done that Vidyakar of Udavum Karangal not done?