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Janaki Ammal award to Osmania and Punjabi university scientists

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) Prof E K Janaki Ammal National Award for 2005 has been conferred on Prof C Manoharachary, an Emeritus Scientist (CSIR) Department of Botany, Osmania University, Hyderabad for his contribution in Biodiversity and on Dr. M.S. Saini, for his outstanding work as Entomologist.

Prof C Manoharachary has been conferred the honour for outstanding contribution in the field of biodiversity, Taxonomy, Conservation and utilisation of fungi in particular and plant pathology, fungal ecology, Lichenology and Environmental Sciences in general.

He has written 16 books and guided 46 Ph.D students besides publishing 400 research papers in national and international journals.

Prof. Manoharachary is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Indian Botanical Society, Indian Phytopathological Society and A.P. Academy of Sciences. He has received UGC-JC Bose award, Birbal Sahni Medal, Scientist award and Best teacher award of Andhra Pradesh.

Dr M S Saini is an outstanding Entomologist and is at present working as Professor in the Department of Zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala.

He has worked extensively on the systematics of Indian Sawflies, an insect group that was not compiled in the Fauna of British India volumes and remained neglected at the hands of Indian naturalists.

After a toil of 27 years, he enriched the knowledge of this Group with more than 472 new species, 14 new genera, more than 130 first records and many synonymies and homonymies.

He published has published 232 research papers in the international and national journals of repute and guided 16 Ph.D.

and 6 M.Phil scholars.

Dr Saini has written more than 140 popular scientific articles in the field of environment for different newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. His contribution in the field of faunal diversity of Hymenoptera in the Indian Subcontinent and other parts of the world is outstanding.

This award carries a cash prize of RS one lakh, medallion and a citation.


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