Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access founder and managing trustee Shamnad Basheer received the award for the analysis of a range of legal issues including pharmaceutical patent injuctions and enforcement in the humanities category. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research professor Shubha Tole was awarded in life sciences category for study on hippocampus and amygdala - the centres of learning and memory in the brain.
CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology chief scientist Srivari Chandrasekhar received the award in physical sciences category for contributions in the general area of synthetic organic chemistry and MIT economics professor Esther Duflo was awarded the prize for pioneering contribution in the field of development economics.
"The number of nominations received for the six categories have increased by over 60 percent since 2009. This year's winners were selected from a pool of 219 nominations by a panel of experts and academicians," ISF said.
In a span of six years, ISF has recognised 38 researchers and scientists. "I am confident that their achievement will inspire our youth to dedicate themselves to the service of science and society," President Pranab Mukherjee said in a video recording. The winners each received Rs.65 lakh, a gold medal and citation certificate from ISF.