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In praise of scientific excellence

This is a big month for science in India. On November 5, 2013, India's Mars Orbiter blasted off on its journey from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, carrying it with it many hopes and also serving as a validation triumph of our scientific endeavor.

This week in November we've also announced the names of the winners of the Infosys Prize 2013. These individuals as winners are symbols of curiosity, of ingenuity, invention and experimentation.
This is the fifth year the Infosys Science Foundation is awarding prizes to people whose work will impact their fields and society at large. Take the example of Dr. Imran Siddiqi from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, whose research in clonal seed formation in plants could go on to revolutionize agriculture, especially in developing countries. Or that of Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Senior Scientist, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), CSIR, Trivandrum, whose outstanding achievements include the development of superior light harvesting devices and the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials enabling the detection of very tiny amounts of TNT and other dangerous substances.

The societal impact of such work cannot be overstated. Industry - as one of the beneficiaries, and in its role as a corporate citizen - has an obligation to lend its support to scientific research. One of the ways of doing this is to publicly acclaim the efforts of our nation's researchers, our unsung heroes.

Since 2009, the Infosys Science Foundation has had the privilege of honoring outstanding achievements in science and research, which have the potential to further social and economic development in India and around the world. Past winners - decided by an eminent jury of which Professors Amartya Sen and Kaushik Basu are part - include the two scientists mentioned earlier, as well as the likes of Dr. Chetan Chitnis, Prof. Chandrashekhar Khare, and the current RBI Governor, Dr. Raghuram Rajan.   The Infosys Science Foundation announced the recipients of the Infosys Prize 2013 on November 12, 2013.

I sincerely hope the Prize motivates many more talented young Indians to pursue a calling in scientific research and invite you to submit a congratulatory message  for the inspiring winners of the Infosys Prize 2013 on the Infosys Science Foundation homepage.

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