Best Ph. D. Thesis Awards only for TIFR Research Scholars

Geeta Udgaonkar Award Harish Chandra Memorial Award Zita Lobo Memorial Award Sasken Award Award in Chemical Science

Prof. B. M. Udgaonkar, the then Professor, Theoretical Physics Department, in memory of his daughter, Late Geeta Udgaonkar, in the year 1983 started this award. Initially the award was for the best Ph. D. thesis in Physics only. The Endowment Committee initiated the nucleation of the TIFR Alumni Association (TAA). One of the aims of TAA is to constructively involve the Alumni of TIFR in the activity of raising Endowments. TAA took the initiative to institute two new additional Best Ph.D Thesis Awards on the lines of the well recognised TAA-Geeta Udgaonkar Award for best thesis in the school of Natural Sciences. In addition to the support received from the members of the TAA, the core amounts have been made available to the Endowment fund by the family members of the distinguished mathematician late Prof. Harish-Chandra and family member and colleagues of late Dr. Zita Lobo , a member of the Department of Biological sciences at TIFR. Prof.Harish-Chandra had worked with Dr. Homi Bhabha during the formative years of the TIFR, before moving on to the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, U. S. A. The TAA-Zita Lobo Memorial Award is for the best Ph.D thesis in Biological / Chemical sciences and The TAA Harish-Chandra Memorial Award is for that in Mathematics and Computer Sciences.

In 2004, a new award titled Sasken Award was initiated, which recognizes excellence in the field of Information Technology. All these four awards are supported by Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd., Bangalore. The award carries a cash component of Rs.10,000/=, a medal and the citation. The award is presented to the awardees on Founder's Day of the TIFR (October 30) every year.



Geeta Udgaonkar Award


for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Physical Sciences.
YearName / Department
1983 Dr. N. C. Rana, ex-Research Scholar, Theoretical Astrophysics Group
1984 Dr. Zita Lobo, ex-Research Scholar, Molecular Biology Group
1986 Dr. D. J. Saikia, ex-Research Scholar, Radio Astronomy Group
1987 Dr. S. Ramakrishnan, ex-Research Scholar, Low Temperature Physics Group
1988 Dr. M. Ravikumar, ex-Research Scholar, Chemical Physics Group
1989 Dr. R. Ramanujam, ex-Research Scholar, Theoretical Computer Science Group
1990 Dr. N. Krishnan, ex-Research Scholar, Cosmic Ray and Solar Physics Group
1991 Dr. S. Mazumdar, ex-Research Scholar, Chemical Physics Group
1992 Dr. A. Majumdar, ex-Research Scholar, Chemical Physics Group
1993 Dr. S. N. Majumdar, ex-Research Scholar, Theoretical Physics Group
1994 Dr. L. C. Tribedi, ex-Research Scholar, Nuclear Spectroscopy Group
2000 Dr. Ghosh Sandip, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2001 Dr. Pratap Raychaudhuri, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2002 Dr. Paramekanti Arun, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Theoretical Physics
2003 Dr. Sanjib Sabhapandi
2004 Dr. Vinod Kumarappan, ex-Research Scholar
2005 Dr. Bipul Pal, ex-Research Scholar
2006 Dr. Arvinder Singh Sandhu, ex-Research scholar
2007 Dr. Vaibhav Prabhudesai, ex-Research scholar
2008 Dr. G. Aravind, ex-Research scholar, Dept. of Nuclear Physics
2009 Dr. Aditya Kalkar, ex-Research scholar, Dept. of Nuclear & Astro Physics
2010 Dr.Arnab Sen, ex-Research scholar, Dept. of Theoretical Physics
2011 Dr. Swapnil Patil, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2012 Dr. Prerna Sharma, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2013 Dr. Vibhore Singh, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2013 Dr. Sayan Chakraborti, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. Astronomy and Astrophysics
2014 Dr. Sachin A.Kasture, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Condensed Matter Physics
2014 Dr. Jayanta Roy, ex-Research Scholar, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune
2015 Dr. Amaresh Jaiswal, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Nuclear & Atomic Physics
2015(Honorable Mention) Dr. Ravitej Uppu, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Nuclear & Atomic Physics
2016Dr. Deepak Kumar
2016(Honorable Mention)Dr. Rahul Sunil Dandekar

Harish Chandra Memorial Award


for the Best Ph. D. Thesis in Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
YearName / Department
2001 Dr. Raghuram A., ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics,
2002 Dr. Holla Yogish I., ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2003 Dr. Pranab Sen, ex-Research Scholar
2004 Dr. T. Kavitha, ex-Research Scholar
2005 Dr. Ritumoni Sarma, ex-Research Scholar
2006 Dr. Amitava Bhattacharya, ex-Research Scholar
2007 Dr. Dishant Pancholi, ex-Research Scholar
2008 Dr. Shanta S. Laishram, ex-Research Scholar
2009 Dr. Vivek Mallick, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2010 Dr. Aribam C. Sharma, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2011 Dr. V.G. Narasimha Kumar, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2012 Dr. Ronnie Mani, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2013 Dr. Shyam Sundar Ghoshal, ex-Research Scholar, Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bengaluru.
2014 Dr. Shirshendu Chowdhury, ex-Research Scholar, Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bengaluru.
2014 Dr. Vaibhav Vaish, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2014 Dr. Sandip Singh, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2015 Dr. Debdip Ganguly, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2015 (Honorable Mention) Dr. Anand Sawant, ex-Research Scholar, School of Mathematics
2016Dr. Ananta Kumar Majee
2016 (Honorable Mention)Dr. Shalini Bhattacharya

Zita Lobo Memorial Award


for the Best Ph. D. Thesis in Biological and Chemical Sciences.
YearName / Department
2001Dr. Sahu Sarata Chandra, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Chemical Sciences
2002Dr. Subhojit Sen, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2003Dr. H.S. Atreya, ex-Research Scholar
2004Dr. Neel Sarovar Bhavesh
2005Dr. K. Sridevi, ex-Research Scholar
2006Dr. Vasundhara Navadgi, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2007Dr. Sulakshana Mukherjee, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2008Dr. Ipsita Pal-Bhowmick, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2009Dr. Kalyan S. Sinha, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Bio. Sciences
2010Dr. Sudha Kumari, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2011Dr. Santosh Kumar Jha, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2012Dr. Adil Ghani Khan, ex-Research Scholar
2013Dr. Arpan Kumar Rai, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Biological Sciences
2014Dr. Dhiraj D. Bhatia, ex-Research Scholar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru
2014Dr. Vinayak Rane, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Chemical Sciences
2014Dr. Supriya Ghosh, ex-Research Scholar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru
2015Dr. Sonali Saha, ex-Research Scholar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru
2015Dr. Aditi Bhattacherjee, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Chemical Science
2015 (Honorable Mention) Dr. Umesh Srinivasan, ex-Research Scholar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru
2015 (Honorable Mention) Dr. Hema Chandra Kotamarthi, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Chemical Science
2016Dr. Jogender Singh
2016 (Honorable Mention)Dr. Anand M. Osuri

Sasken Award


for the Best Ph. D. Thesis in Technology and Computer Sciences.
YearName / Department
2006Dr.Rahul Jain, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2008Dr. Arnab Basu, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2010Dr. Chinmoy Dutta, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2012Dr. Sameer Kamal, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2012Dr. Kishore Barman, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2014Dr. Simoni S. Shah, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2015Dr. Karthyek Murthy, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences
2016Dr. Bodhayan Roy, ex-Research Scholar, Dept. of Technology & Computer Sciences

Award in Chemical Science

YearName / Department
2016Dr. Debanjan Bhowmik