CSIR awards announced

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New Delhi, Sep 26 (UNI) The CSIR Award 2008 for S &T innovations for rural development was jointly bagged by the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow, and Central Salt &Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar.

While, CIMAP won the award for biovillage strategy for agri-business of medicinal and aromatic plants, the Bhavnagar institute was selected for innovations in the area of salt for rural development.

The award, instituted in 2006 to recognise S &T innovations that have helped transform the lives of rural people, carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a shield.

The award was announced on the foundation day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

On the occasion, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal presented the CSIR Technology Award 2008 for business development and technology marketing to 'Team URDIP' of the Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, Pune.

'Team URDIP' bagged the award for creating the niche in the knowledge-based service sector.

URDIP has designed, developed and provided value added information services in Patinformatics, Phytoinformatics and Toxinformatics.

The CSIR Technology Award 2008 for life sciences went to 'Team CCMB' of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, while the CSIR Technology Award 2008 for innovation was given to 'Team CDRI' of the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.

'Team CCMB' won the award for developing novel universal technique to establish the identity of enormous number of animal species for forensic applications.

'Team CDRI' got it for discovery of guggulsterone and development of analogues with novel mechanism of action as hypolipidemic agents.

Each award carries a cash prize of Rs two lakh, a plaque and a citation.

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