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The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dinesh Singh is to be conferred Honorary Doctorates
by several leading institutions across the globe

  • University of Edinburgh, Honorary Degree of Doctor honoris causa on 30, June 2014
    “for his inspirational leadership of University of Delhi”
  • National University of Irelandx, Cork, Honorary Doctorate of Science on 6, June 2014
    “academic prowess in the discipline of mathematics and leadership in transforming higher education as a potent force for human development through broad range of innovative and creative incentives”
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas U.S.A, D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) on 9 May 2014
  • National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, Haryana, D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) on 7 March 2014
    “for his outstanding contributions to field of mathematics, legendary academic record and research attainments”

Professor Ved Pal Singh, Dept of Botany, elected Fellow, Linnean Society of London

Professor Ved Pal Singh of the Department of Botany has been elected as Fellow of the prestigious Linnean Society of London on 20th March 2014 for his outstanding contributions on Adaptive Evolution of Thermophiles. He unraveled molecular secret of microbial adaptation under extreme thermal environments for understanding thermophilic origin of life on Earth The Linnean Society founded in 1788, has long been an important place in the history of science. Fellows have been involved in the development of ground-breaking theories, none more so than the eminent naturalists Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. The Fellowship is international and includes world leaders in each branch of biology who use the Society's premises and publications to communicate new advances in their fields.

Prof. Girishwar Misra becomes Vice Chancellor at Wardha

Prof. Girishwar Mishra from the Dept of Psychology, University of Delhi, joined on 5 March 2014 as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University at Wardha. A renowned academician and a prolific writer and columnist, Prof. Misra had been teaching at Delhi since 1993. He was also the Dean Research for Humanities and Social Sciences. Among his many achievements, Prof. Misra has served as President of the National Academy of Psychology.

Prof. M. Jayananda, Department of Geology has been elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (FASc) - 2014

Prof. M.Jayananda has been elected as Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences in recognition of his contributions to the understanding the formation and stabilization ancient continental land mass in southern India. His research has significant global impact on understanding the geological and tectonic evolution of early earth into a habitable planet. Prof. Jayananda has also served global earth science community as Editor-in-Chief of IUGS flagship journal Episodes, regional editor/editorial board member of several international journals and leader/co-leader of global science projects. Currently he is focussing research on the interplay of tectonic upliftment, denudation and long term climate change in maintenance of high topography of Western Ghats.

Dr. Anu Pandey, DU teacher wins prize for 'Best MBA Entrepreneurship’, Nottingham

The Nottingham University Business School has awarded Dr. Anu Pandey, a prize and recognition for the 'Best MBA Entrepreneurship Overall Performance' 2012/2013. Dr. Pandey, Moti Lal Nehru College, was selected by Delhi University for the study abroad scheme for teachers.

2014: Padma Shri Awards for the University of Delhi
VC, two teachers and one visiting scholar receives Padma awards

Vice Chancellor Professor Dinesh Singh, is recognized for his “distinguished service” to the field of education and is awarded the Padma Shri 2014. Read more...

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad Ghalib award 2013 to Prof. Chander Shekhar, Department of Persian

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad Ghalib award 2013 for Persian research works conferred on 27th Dec. 2013 in Ghalib Institute, New Delhi.

Prof. Bandaru Hema Malini Eminent Geographers' Award, 2013

Dr. S C Rai, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi has received “Prof. B. Hema Malini Eminent Geographers’ Award, 2013” for his outstanding contributions in the field of Geography. The Award was presented during 35th Indian Geography Congress held at Madras University, Chennai on 14th December, 2013.

दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के सम-कुलपति साहित्यिक पुरस्कार से सम्मानित।

Delhi University PVC Honoured with Literary Prize

केंद्रीय हिन्दी संस्थान (मानव संसाधन विकास मंत्रालय, भारत सरकार) ने हिन्दी के आलोचना - साहित्य में योगदान के लिए दिल्ली विश्वविद्यालय के सम-कुलपति प्रो. सुधीश पचौरी को सुब्रमण्यम भारती सम्मान प्रदान करने की घोषणा की है। प्रो. सुधीश पचौरी हिन्दी विभाग में प्रोफेसर हैं उन्होंने 60 से अधिक पुस्तकें लिखी हैं।

The Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India has honoured Delhi University Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Sudhish Pachauri with the Subramaniam Bharati Prize for his contributions to the Hindi literature in the field of literary criticism. Professor Pachauri holds the position of professor in the Department of Hindi. He is the author of more than 60 books.

DU teacher wins
‘Best Chemistry Teacher (Bachelor's Degree) from Tata Chemicals– Dr. Sunita Bhagat from ASRD College’

Kapil Sibal felicitates winners of Tata Chemicals Best Chemistry Teachers Awards (BCTA) 2013
Delhi, November 7, 2013 – Winners of the third edition of Tata Chemicals’ "Best Chemistry Teachers Awards (BCTA) were felicitated today by Shri. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Mr. Sanjiv Lal, Vice President, Corporate Projects from Tata Chemicals. These awards are organized in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Association of Chemistry Teachers (ACT), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Godrej.......more

Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Dept of Botany, co-authors a book
"Antarctica: India's Journey to the Frozen Continent"

Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Dept of Botany, co-authors a book based on his Antarctica scientific work, Antarctica: India's Journey to the Frozen Continent (Niyogi Books, 2013). Sahoo was the First Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the 7th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. He undertook two trips to the Arctic during 1991 and 1992. Prof. Sahoo continues his work as a marine biologist through ‘Project Chilika’ in which he trains villagers in Orissa to ‘farm the ocean’, sowing the seeds of a ‘Blue Revolution’, a new hope for millions across the world.

Delhi U wins awards at NASA Lunabotics

University of Delhi represented by a team from Kirori Mal College and Cluster Innovation Centre, (whose Lunabot was on display at Antardhvani 2013) was one of the 50 International institutions invited to participate in NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition 2013 held at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA from 20th to 24th May 2013. The KMC-CIC Lunabotics Team was one of the 12 whose Lunabot was successfully able to mine and dump the lunar simulant! KMC-CIC Lunabotics Team, led by Dr. Sumitra Mohanty, was the only Indian team to bring laurels to their country by winning two of the five categories of prestigious awards at the event.


Prof. Girishwar Misra receives National Award for Social Science

Named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the National award in the field of Social Science for the year 2009 was recently given to Prof. Girishwar Misra, Dept of Psychology, and Dean Research, University of Delhi. The State Government has instituted three National and three State Level Awards for outstanding contributions in Science, Engineering & Technological Sciences and Social Sciences. The award recognizes Prof. Misra's eminent work.


Dr. ANU KAPUR: Delhi University academic wins prestigious Amartya Sen Award THE AMARTYA SEN AWARDS are bestowed upon Social Scientists who, in the opinion of the ICSSR, have made a distinguished contribution towards the advancement of knowledge in any field of social science. Each year up to ten Awards are to be conferred.

Citation for Dr. Anu Kapur, Dept of Geography :

Associate Professor in Delhi University and Senior Fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Dr. Anu Kapur’s empirical and theoretical research in the past three decades has centred around three critical themes: Environmental Geography, Geography in India and the Study of Disasters.

Devoting considerable efforts in researching geography as a social science in India, she generated knowledge about the history of geography in India and about the leading geographers in India. This resulted in a scholarly critique of the discipline in India. However critiquing geography or geographers was not to become her obsessive engagement and she steered into the Study of Disasters. Her research not only build a model of the web of vulnerability but coined new concepts like ‘disaster –scape’ as different from other scapes and ‘disaster divide by region, class, gender and age. Her research on disasters expresses deep concern about the state of society in India and is steeped in humanism.

As a geographer her contribution has been to awaken the practitioners of the discipline to the dismal state of geography as a social science in India; to contribute to planning in the field of environment, and to demystify the notion of ‘natural disasters’ and argue that disasters are a product of government apathy and human insensitivity in general.

Recognizing her for the Amartya Sen Award, the Selection Committee noted “Anu Kapur has made a transformational impact on Indian Geography by way of generating a fresh discourse and initiating a debate on the state of the discipline in India. Her eminence spreads itself in the wider arena of social sciences, with a firm footing in the theory and methodology of Geography.”

Prof. Daman Saluja receiving award from the President of India

Photograph: The President of India, giving away the award to Prof. Daman Saluja from Dr B R Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi on Technology Day (11th May, 2013 ).

Prof. Daman Saluja was one of the distinguished recipients of ‘Biotech Product & Process Development and Commercialization Award of 2013’ instituted by the Government of India. She received this award for her outstanding contribution in the development of novel method of ‘Beacon based PCR diagnostic kit for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis’. The diagnostic kit developed by her is highly sensitive and specific and requires minimum infrastructural facility to conduct. The diagnostic kit has been transferred to Industry for commercialization.

DU Professor wins prestigious ‘Hind Rattan Award’

Padma Kant Shukla, distinguished professor of physics at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and an adjunct professor at the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, will be honoured with the "Hind Rattan Award" (The Jewel of India) by the Prime Minister of India in recognition of his contributions to physics.

Padma Shukla, (b 1950) hails from the village Tulapur, Uttar Pradesh (UP), India. After his Ph. D. in Physics from BHU he moved to Bochum, Germany in 1973 where he holds a permanent RUB International Chair (RUB Distinguished Physics Professor). Prof Shukla is internationally renowned and one of the most outstanding productive physicists with over 1410 papers in journals of high impact factor and an H index of 61. He has received numerous prizes, medals, honorary degrees, and fellowship of academies and societies e.g., fellow of American Physical Society, Institute of Physics, London, Royal Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow to mention a few.

The ceremony will take place during the 32nd International Congress of Non-resident Indians (NRI) on 25 January 2013 in Ashok Hotel Delhi, India

Delhi U Researcher gets M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize 2012 Ms. Shelly Tara, Senior Fellow at Women’s Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi has been awarded this year’s M. N. Srinivas Memorial Prize 2012. The Professor M. N. Srinivas Endowment Fund was jointly set up by the Indian Sociological Society and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in 2001. This Fund instituted M. N. Srinivas Memorial prize for one young sociologists/social anthropologists (below 40 years), for publishing the best sociological/social anthropological paper in India.

Ms. Shelly Tara has been awarded this prize for her article entitled “Private Space in Public Transport: Locating Gender in the Delhi Metro” published in Economic and Political Weekly (Vol. XLVI, No. 51, 17 December 2011).

The award will be presented to her, during the inaugural session of the forthcoming XXXVIII All-India Sociological Conference, which will be held on 27 December 2012 at the Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur.

Dronacharya award to Teacher of Acharya Narendra Dev College


Prof. Avinash Khare Fellow Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Dr. K.P. Singh SATKAL Young Librarian Award 2011
Prof. Indira Goswami Jnanpith Award
Prof. Krishna Kumar Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowship
Prof. Deepak Pental Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowship
Prof. S.K. Tandon Fellow, Third World Academy of Science
Prof. A.K. Tyagi National Bioscience Award, DBT
Prof. A. Grover BM Birla Science Prize in Biology
Prof. Hira Lal Chakravarthy Award, ISCA
Dr. R.C. Kuhad Alembic Award 2000
Dr. M.V. Rajam Rockfeller Foundation Bio Technology Career Fellowship
Prof Shirin Rathore Gold medal IAA 2000
Prof. Anil K. Tyagi Ranbaxy Research Award 1999
Prof. V.K. Chaudhary VASVIK Award 1997
AIBAAward 1999
National Biotechnology Award 2002
Prof. N.K. Ray Bhatnagar Award
Dr. Debi Sarkar Bhatnagar Award
Prof. S.K. Tandon Bhatnagar Award
Prof. Anil K. Tyagi Bhatnagar Award
Prof. Dinesh Singh Adjunct Professor, University of Houston, Texas