Mysore, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

Ms Padma Shankaran, a young researcher at the Food Engineering Department of the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore has bagged the prestigeous Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research for the year 2013. She is the second researcher to receive this fellowship. Ms Nidhina M Bhaskaran, another doctoral student at CSIR-CFTRI, had bagged the fellowship for the year 2012.


The fellowship is a novel scheme started a year ago to encourage young innovators to take up research relevant to the industry. Every year, a maximum of 100 awards are given. However, till date only 62 fellowships have been granted of which among the biological sciences, CSIR-CFTRI researchers have received the fellowships in consecutive years.

Awardees are selected by a Core committee consisting of both members of academia as well as industry partners from the Confederation of Indian Industries following rigorous evaluation of the research problems proposed by the candidates The award carries a fellowship of Rs. 50,000/- per month for the doctoral research by the awardee, and is shared equally by the Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt. of India, and private industries.

Among the 20 fellowships granted for life sciences research, CFTRI has the distinction of receiving it for two successive years and among the 38 laboratories under CSIR, it is the only one to have achieved this distinction.

The Government of India's Department of Science and Technology, and the Confederation of Indian Industries have jointly been awarding 100 fellowships every year to young researchers to undertake industrially relevant research. The fellowship amounting Rs. 50000 per month is awarded to the Young researchers of CSIR-CFTRI for the second successive year.

Congratulating the awardees, Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI says that 'CFTRI's young researchers receiving the prestigeous awards in which industries are also partners is an indication of the utilitarian research pursued by the Institute.' Nidhina Bhaskaran's project aims to obtain value added products from the guar gum waste, while Ms. Padma Shankaran's project is associated with General Mills Pvt. Limited.

(Posted on 09-05-2014)