THE Centre on Thursday unveiled a new set of national awards in science, technology and innovation, called the ‘Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar’, and scrapped nearly 300 awards by various science departments. An official statement said the Rashtriya Vigyan Puraskar will be one of the highest recognitions in science, technology and innovation, to be given across four categories -- Vigyan Ratna, Vigyan Shri, Vigyan Yuva-Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar and Vigyan Team.
The awards will be announced on National Technology Day on May 11 and conferred on National Space Day on August 23.
Scientists will be selected across 13 domains by a committee headed by principal scientific advisor to the Government.
“People of Indian Origin staying abroad with exceptional contributions benefiting the Indian communities or society shall also be eligible for the awards,” it said.