The award recognises world-class achievements of researchers in the various sciences. It recognises the significant contributions made by researchers from India in the fields of life sciences, humanities, computer science, engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences and social sciences.
Mr Murthy said that the main objective of the award is not merely monetary incentives but respect from society, recognition and opportunities to interact with a global audience.
This award seeks to encourage youngsters who could chose to take up the field of research.
There were nearly 216 nominations for the Prize – 45 for physical sciences, 46 for life sciences, 59 for engineering, 15 in social sciences and 26 for humanities.
The Humanities award was shared by Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, New Delhi (for Archaeology) and Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (for Linguistics).
The prize for Engineering and Computer Science was awarded to Ramgopal Rao, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Chief Investigator, Centre of Excellence in Nanoelectronics, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
Rajesh Gokhale, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, was awarded the prize for Life Sciences.
Rahul Pandharipande, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Eidgen�ssische Technische Hochschule, Z�rich (ETH Zurich) was awarded the prize for Mathematical Sciences.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs.55 lakh, a gold medallion and a citation certificate.