In memory of Dr J Nagaraju (a pioneer researcher in silkworm genetics) and to encourage the young researchers in Life Sciences, the Botuku Ramesh Sneha Samithi, proposed three (3) Research Awards to be conferred every year starting from 2017. The awards carry cash prizes of 31st December every year in Hyderabad, or any other date and venue as proposed by the Executive Committee./- (Rupees ten thousand only), Rs.5,000/- (Rupees five thousand only) and Rs.3,000/- (Rupees three thousand only) along with citation and memento, and will be conferred at the annual death ceremony of Dr J Nagaraju i.e. on
Notification inviting Applications/ Nominations for the Awards will be issued in the first week of November, and the last date ends by 30th November. Selection will be based on the recommendations of the experts committee in the relevant research area. The candidate must be an Indian researcher and should be below 35 years of age as on the last date of applications/ nominations. There is no prescribed format for the application / nomination. However, it should contain CV, qualifications, list of publications, patents, awards, achievements and a brief summary of the future plan (preferably not exceeding a page) affixing a passport size photograph. The applicant may submit any other relevant information strengthening his candidature.
About Dr Nagaraju Javaregowda
Dr J Nagaraju, an alumnus of University of Mysore (India), University of Lyon (France) and Harvard University (USA) established a vibrant research group at the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad, and became pioneer researcher in the field of Silkmoth Biology. Nagaraju has made significant contributions in the frontier areas of silkworm biology through a series of peer reviewed research publications in outstanding international journals. Nagaraju’s research work is well recognized by his peer groups all over the world as evident by his international collaborations with United States, France, Japan, Italy and other countries. Recognizing his notable scientific contributions, the International Silkworm Genome Consortium roped in Nagaraju as a member of the Steering Committee that shaped silkworm genome mapping and sequencing programmes.
Recognizing Nagaraju’s contributions, the three Indian National Science Academies [Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi; Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Bangalore; and National Science Academy of India (NASI), Allahabad], and Indian Academy of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) and Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (APAS), elected him to the fellowship of their academies. He was on the Editorial Boards of The Canadian Entomologist, Journal of Insect Science and Journal of Genetics, and he is a reviewer of many international journals including Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, USA, Nucleic Acids Research, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Annals of Entomological Society of America, etc. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) invited him to serve as Consultant Scientist for its Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in 2003 and continued till his sudden demise on 31 December 2012. Nagaraju, during his research career, has mentored a large number of undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students from different parts of the country. His research contributions lead to establishment of two premier centres at CDFD i.e. Centre of Excellence (COE) Project by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on Genetics and Genomics of Silkmoths research, and APEDA-CDFD Centre for Basmati DNA Analysis by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to test the purity of basmati rice samples. The research contributions of Dr J Nagaraju also lead for the development of silkworm industry in India.