1 . Nari Shakti Puraskar

Reasons for being in news

Nari Shakti Puraskar 2017 has recently been given to the members of the INSV Tarini team.

About Nari Shakti Puraskar

1 . Nari Shakti Puraskar  is  conferred on individual women for their exceptional achievement.

2 . The award is given in six categories, by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

3 . It recognises the spirit of courage of a woman in difficult circumstances.

4 . The award also recognises the pioneering contribution of an individual in empowering women and raising women’s issues.

5 . Instituted in 1991, the award is conferred by the President on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 8 March every year at New Delhi.

6 . The President of India had conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskars on International Women’s Day (08th March 2018) in Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the INSV Tarini team was sailing then, the award could not be presented to the team.

Prize money

The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh (Rs. 100,000) and a certificate.


The award is named after eminent women in Indian history, and is given in the following categories:

1 . Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Award
2 . Kannagi Award
3 . Mata Jijabai Award
4 . Rani Gaidinliu Zeliang Award
5  Rani Lakshmi Bai Award
6 . Rani Rudramma Devi Award (for both men and women)


2 . Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018

Reasons for being in news

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has been awarded the Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018 in the Government Research Organizations Category.

About Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 

Every year, Clarivate Analytics – formerly the IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters – recognizes the most innovative companies in India according to patent-related metrics that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative. This analysis is done using proprietary Clarivate Analytics data and tools.

The evaluation is strictly driven by metrics for both patent volume (patents published) as well as patent quality (grant success rate, extent of globalization, and citations).

About Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ( CSIR)  established  in 1942 is an autonomous body that has emerged as the largest research and development organisation in India.

Organisational set up

It runs thirty-eight laboratories and thirty-nine field stations or extension centres throughout the nation, with a collective staff of over 12,000 scientists and scientific and technical personnel.

Although it is mainly funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, it operates as an autonomous body through the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

Areas of presence

CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from radio and space physics, oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.

It provides significant technological intervention in many areas with regard to societal efforts which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.