Prez Kovind to present AWSAR award for science writing on Feb 28

New Delhi: National Science Day (NSD) will be celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan on 28 February with women in science as the focal theme of the program. President Ram Nath Kovind will present several awards for science communication and popularization as well as for women scientists. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Health & Family Welfare and Earth Sciences, and Smriti Irani, Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development will also grace the occasion.

A total of 21 awards will be given which will include National Science and Technology and Communication Awards, Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR) awards, SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) Women Excellence Awards and National Award for Young Woman Showing Excellence through Application of Technology for Societal Benefits.

Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulatory Research (AWSAR) award is a new initiative conceptualised and supported by National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) Division, Department of Science and Technology (DST) which is actively engaged in developing various outreach programs for scientific fraternity. This year’s award recipients are Chris Felshia and Dr Joyita Sarkar.

Felshia, PhD scholar from the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai, is pursuing her research on ‘Microbial Mediated Management of Phenol and its Derivatives in Aqueous and soil phase: An approach using free and encapsulated cells’. Her popular science story titled ‘Baci-The Fight For Our Planet’ has been selected for the AWSAR Award.

Sarkar, a post-doctoral fellow from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra, is pursuing her research on ‘Development of Novel Strategy for Stem Cell Differentiation to Hepatocyte Using Combined Approach of Epigenetic Modification and 3D Cell Culture Scaffold for Applications in Pharmaco-Toxicological Studies’. Her popular science story titled ‘Coming Soon: Animal Model-Free System for Pharmaceutical Testing’ has been selected for AWSAR Award.

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