Each awardee was given half of the 1 million US dollar as the • Prestigious Scopus Young Indian Scientists Awards for
prize money at the Library of Congress. According to the 2008 were given to nine young scientists from different
Library of Congress, both Dr. Brown and Dr. Thapar brought research institutions . The awards are instituted by Elsevier,
dramatically new perspectives to understanding vast sweeps the world’s leading research publisher of scientific, technical
of geographical territory and a millennium or more of time and medical information products and services. Its
in, respectively, Europe and the Middle East, and in the Indian headquarters is in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
subcontinent. Dr. Thapar created a new and more pluralistic
view of Indian civilisation, which had seemed more unitary Category wise winners are following:
and unchanging, by scrutinising its evolution over two • Agriculture : Dr. R Raman, International Centre for
millennia and searching out its historical consciousness. Genetic Engg and Biotechnology
• Noted Assamese writer Indira Goswami was conferred
with the Netherlands' prestigious Principal Prince Claus Award • Biological Sciences : Prof. S Ganesh, Indian Institute of
for her work in Indian culture and its development. The 2000 Technology, Kanpur
Jnanpith Award winning writer is the first Indian to win the
Euro one lakh (Rs 64 lakh) award. Indira is known for her
• Chemistry: Dr. B V S Reddy, Indian Institute of Chemical
fresh and original style with novel themes.
• Executive Chairman, Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal,
was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008.
• Earth Sciences: Dr. Govindasamy Bala, Indian Institute
Now he will represent India at the Ernst and Young World
of Science, Bangalore
Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Monte Carlo, Monaco,
in May 2009.
• Engineering: Prof. Suman Chakraborthy, Indian Institute
Awardees for other category are following: of Technology, Kharagpur
• The Lifetime Achievement Award: PRS Oberoi,
Chairman and CEO, The Oberoi Group • Mathematics: Dr. Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute,
• The Health Care and Life Sciences Award: Dr. P.
Namperumalsamy, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care Systems. • Medicine: Dr. Bhanuprakash Reddy, National Institute
of Nutrition, Hyderabad
• The Entrepreneur of the Year Infrastructure and
Construction Award: Jaiprakash Gaur, Founder Chairman, • Physics: Dr. Moulik Parikh, Inter University Centre for
Jaypee Group Astronomy & Astrophysics and Dr. Satyabrata Patnaik,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
• For the Manufacturing Category: Gautam Thapar,
Chairman & CEO, Avantha Group • Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was conferred a Malaysian
title, ‘Datuk,’ which is often equated with the British
knighthood. He received the title of ‘Datuk’ (Darjah Mulia
• For the Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year: Arvind
Seri Melaka) from Mohamad Khalil Yaacob, the Governor
Rao, CEO and co-founder, OnMobile Global
of Malaysia’s southern Malacca State, during a special
ceremony in Malaysia. He has given Datuk because six of his
• American Biographical Institute chosen Indian news movies were shot in the historical State Malacca, giving a
photographer Virendra Prabhakar for the 2008-09 ‘Man Of boost to tourism. He shot a song for a 2001 movie, One 2
The Year’ award. He was honoured in recognition of his Ka 4, in Malacca, which was recently named a heritage city
contribution to journalism and his services to art, literature by UNESCO.