Prof. Shamnad Basheer awarded Infosys Prize 2014

Prof. Shamnad Basheer awarded Infosys Prize 2014

The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) has announced the winners of the Infosys Prize 2014 across six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.Shamnad Basheer, Founder and Managing Trustee, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA), Bangalore and Founder – SpicyIP, India has been awarded the prize in the Humanities category.

The Infosys Prize is awarded across six categories, i.e., Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. The prize comprises of a purse of Rs. 55 Lakhs, a 22-karat gold medallion and a citation certificate for each category.

The Infosys press release quotes Mr. N. R. Narayana Murthy, President, Board of Trustees, Infosys Science Foundation as saying, “The Infosys Science Foundation has been able to recognize some of the best researchers of our time through the Infosys Prize. The past laureates have established themselves further and each year there is palpable excitement as we await the announcement of the winners. Their contributions will be an inspiration to students and professionals and have the potential for real-time impact on individuals and society. The ISF continues to focus on its paramount agenda of fostering a culture of scientific thinking through initiatives such as public lectures, workshops for science teachers from rural areas, and science oriented events for school students.”

As per the press release, ‘The winners of the Infosys Prize 2014 were evaluated by a panel of jurors comprising esteemed scientists and professors from around the world. The jury chairs are Prof. Pradeep K. Khosla − Engineering and Computer Science, Prof.Amartya Sen – Humanities, Prof.InderVerma – Life Sciences, Prof.Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan – Mathematical Sciences, Prof.Shrinivas Kulkarni – Physical Sciences, and Prof. Kaushik Basu – Social Sciences.’

The award ceremony for the Infosys Prize 2014 will be in Kolkata on January 5, 2015, where the President of India, will felicitate the winners.