Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology
Awarded forResearch in science in India
LocationVigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
Presented byCouncil of Scientific and Industrial Research
Government of India
First awarded1958
WebsiteBhatnagar Prize website

The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (SSB) is a science award in India given annually by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics. The prize recognizes outstanding Indian work (according to the view of CSIR awarding committee) in science and technology. It is the most coveted award in multidisciplinary science in India.[1][2] The award is named after the founder Director of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar.[3] It was first awarded in 1958.

Any citizen of India engaged in research in any field of science and technology up to the age of 45 years is eligible for the prize. The prize is awarded on the basis of contributions made through work done in India only during the five years preceding the year of the prize. The prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of 5 lakh (US$6,000).[4] In addition, recipients also receive ₹15,000 per month up to the age of 65 years.

Nomination and selection

Names of candidates are proposed by a member of the governing body of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Vice-Chancellors of universities or institutes of national importance, and deans of different faculties of science and former awardees. Selection is made by the Advisory Committee constituted each year and necessarily consists of at least six experts including at least one former Bhatnagar Awardee in the respective discipline. At least 2/3 agreement of the members is required for selection. If two nominees are unanimously recommended in the same field because of equal merit, both are awarded.[4]


The prize is divided into seven disciplines, namely:

Each discipline can have multiple winners (maximum 2 individuals).[5] Up until 2007, the prize money was 2 lakh (US$2,400) and was raised to 5 lakh (US$6,000) in 2008.[6]



The names of the recipients are traditionally declared by the Director General on every 26 September, which is the CSIR Foundation Day.[7] The prize is distributed by the Prime Minister of India. The awardee is bound to give a lecture in the area of the award, generally outside his/her city of work.[4]

See also


  2. ^ "10 scientists nominated for Bhatnagar Awards". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 27 September 2000. Archived from the original on 21 April 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  3. ^ "From the awarding body Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)". Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  4. ^ a b c CSIR. "Regulations Governing the Award of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize For Science and Technology". Human Resource Development Group, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  5. ^ "11 scientists selected for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize-2012". Business Standard. Business Standard Ltd. Press Trust of India. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ PIB (26 September 2009). "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Awards 2009 announced". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ "CSIR selects 10 scientists for prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award". The Times of India. 26 September 2014.