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1) EPFO gets Skoch Awards for Smart Governance Initiatives.


  • The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has been awarded SKOCH Award for Smart Governance for its initiatives on UAN Programme and Transformation of Social Security Agenda in India.
  • It is the 5th Award won by EPFO in the last two years for its initiatives for the welfare of various stakeholders.

About Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO):


  1. EPFO is a statutory body of Union Government that comes under the aegis of Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  2. It administers a compulsory contributory Provident Fund Scheme (1952), Pension Scheme (1995) and an Insurance Scheme (1976).
  3. It is one of the largest social security organisations in India in terms volume of financial transactions undertaken and number of covered beneficiaries.
  4. Headquarters: New Delhi

2) Lucknow-based CSIR-CIMAP won CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development, 2014.


  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow won the CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) 2014.
  • CSIR-CIMAP was awarded for enhancing incomes of farm communities through Vetiver based Technological Interventions.
  • The award was announced on the occasion of CSIR Foundation Day by the DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. Girish Sahni.

About CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development:


  1. CSIR had instituted the CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development in the year 2006 to recognize and honour S&T innovations that have helped transform the lives of rural people.
  2. The effort through this award, in a way, is also to give a boost to rural development through intrinsic innovation and its implementation at ground level.
  3. The award, which has emerged as a very prestigious one, carries a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh, a citation and a shield.

3) Dr. Jacob Tsimerman wins 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.


  • The 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize will be awarded to Jacob Tsimerman of the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • The prize will be awarded during the International Conference on Number Theory at SASTRA University in Tamil Nadu’s Kumbakonam (Ramanujan’s hometown) where the prize has been given annually.
  • The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize was established in 2005 and is awarded annually for outstanding contributions by young mathematicians to areas influenced by the mathematics genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • The age limit for the prize has been set at 32 because Ramanujan achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years.


4) Indo-British van driver Dee Patel honoured with Pride of Britain Award.


  • Prince Charles will honour a British-Indian delivery van driver with the ``Pride of Britain Award`` after he risked his life to save others.
  • Daily Mirror newspaper organised a ceremony at the Governor House in London where Patel was given the award in the outstanding bravery category.
  • When Patel set off for his routine job on 18 May 2005, he noticed a car ahead of him that was dangerously out of control on the M25 motorway. Soon, he realised that the driver of the car, a young woman, slumped unconscious over the steering wheel. It was when Patel, without wasting any time, came for the rescue of the woman.

About Pride of Britain Awards:

The Award was Founded in 1999, the award is presented to the country`s unsung heroes. The winners are decided by a panel of distinguished judges and is jointly supported by the Daily Mirror, ITV, Daybreak and the Prince`s Trust.

5) Indian-American environmental engineer Kartik Chandran named MacArthur Fellow.


  • Indian-American environmental engineer Kartik Chandran has been named as 2015 MacArthur Fellow and given a `genius` grant of $625,000 for working on a novel solution to the world`s need for food, clean water and energy.
  • Chandran has won the prestigious accolade for his work in transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources and fertilisers.

Achievements of Kartik Chandran:


  1. Kartik Chandran is an IIT Roorkee graduate who uses microbes to turn wastewater into fertilizer, energy and potable water.
  2. His work on the global nitrogen cycle and engineered wastewater treatment has been recognized globally.
  3. Chandran received a 1.5 million US dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011 to create a new model in water and sanitation in Africa.
  4. He has also won the Water Environment Research Foundation Paul L. Busch Award (2010), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009) and a National Academies of Science Fellowship (2007).