The Awards are known as HK Firodia Awards for Excellence in Science & Technology.Started 25 years ago in 1996, the awards can be called revolutionary initiative, as it became the highest prize in science and technology in value and scale. It exceeded even the prestigious SS Bhatnagar prize.
The aim is simple – to recognize extraordinary achievements of Indian scientists and inspire young students and researchers to pursue a life in science.
The Awards are given to any Indian Scientist who has made original and outstanding contributions in India work to any field of Science & Technology such as Agriculture, Engineering, Medical Sciences to Space and Environmental Sciences etc.
Renowned scientists Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar and Dr. Anil Kakodkar and shri. Arun Firodia are on the award selection committee. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Dr. CNR Rao are two eminent winners were later on honored with the prestigious Bharat Ratna Award in 1997 and 2013 respectively.
Awards Presentation ceremony
The Awards presentation is done at a grand and colorful ceremony in Pune every year it is attended by prominent members of scientific community, various institutions, government officials, industrialists and businessmen. The awardees personally receive the Awards and speak about their quest for excellence and accomplishment of the mission.
The science quiz
The awards ceremony includes an interactive session between the eminent scientists with young students . Students win the opportunity to participate by solving an internet based quiz in which they have to solve thirty questions in thirty minutes. Those who solve the maximum number of questions in minimum time are selected for the interactive session. HK Firodia wanted young students to study basic sciences and this is our attempt to realize his dream.