Homi J. Bhabha Memorial Award for the year 2015 to Dr. Dinesh Kumar

Jan 04, 2016 21:25 |

Chandigarh, January 4 – Vice Chancellor, YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad, Prof. Dinesh Kumar received the Indian Science Congress Association's Homi J. Bhabha Memorial Award for the year 2015. With this achievement, Dr. Dinesh Kumar has become the first Scientist and Vice-Chancellor of any University in Haryana to receive this prestigious Award.

        Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi presented the prestigious award to him during the inaugural ceremony of the 103rd Indian Science Congress (ISC) which is being held at University of Mysore, Mysore (Karnataka) from January 3 to 7, 2016. The focus theme of the ISC is "Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India".

        The award, which carries a Gold Medal, has been bestowed on Prof. Dinesh Kumar for his contribution to the development of science and technology in the country, specifically in the area of Microelectronics Engineering and Semiconductor Physics.

        Indian Science Congress Association instituted this annual award in 1989 to commemorate the birth centenary of India’s eminent scientist Homi J. Bhabha. The award is given every alternate year to honour a distinguished scientist of the country. Among those who had received this award earlier include former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. P. K. Iyengar and Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) G. Satheesh Reddy, and former Director, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, Dr. Baldev Raj.

        After being bestowed with the honour, Dr. Dinesh Kumar said that it is an honour and privilege to receive this award from Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi who has unveiled a new chapter in India by introducing concepts like ‘Make in India’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘Digital India’ and promoted Science and Technology for Indigenous Development in India.

        Dr. Kumar, who has assumed charge as Vice-Chancellor of YMCAUST Faridabad in November last year, said that Universities can play a pivotal role in the success of ambitious programmes of the government such as Digital India, Skill India, Clean India and most importantly, Make in India and as a Vice-Chancellor of a Technical University, he assured to put his best and sincere efforts towards making a great success of these programmes. The YMCA University has also a plan to organize a National Conference on Role of Science and Technology towards 'Make in India' in the month of March this year, he added.


About Dr. Dinesh Kumar:


An eminent researcher, Prof. Kumar began his academic career in the year 1987 as a faculty at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. His teaching and research career spans over 27 years. As visiting professor and invited speaker, he has visited many countries including France, Germany, Italy, Austria, England, USA, Russia and Australia.

        He obtained his Master and Ph.D degree from Cambridge University, U.K. In 2003, he was awarded Commonwealth Fellowship by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London to work again at Cambridge University. A bye-fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Prof. Dinesh has published more than 100 research papers. He has been the Director, UIET, Kurukshetra University and Coordinator of NPMASS project and also worked as the coordinator of Nano Mission Project awarded by Government of India, New Delhi. Before assuming the charge as Vice-Chancellor of YMCAUST on November 4, 2015, he was Chairman of Electronic Science Department at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra.