Dr Indranil Biswas
of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, for his research in
differential geometry and algebraic geometry as well as study of bundles with
Dr Kapil Hari Paranjape, of the Institute of
Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, for his research in resolution of
singularities, rationality and unirationality, hypersurfaces and hyperplane
sections of homogeneous spaces.
The B M Birla prizes, carrying Rs 50,000/- in cash per subject, are awarded to
young Indian scientists, below the age of 40 years, who have made outstanding
original contributions in their fields. The objective is to encourage
uncompromising excellence and to recognise the contributions of such scientists
while encouraging others to achieve even higher standards of excellence.
The prestigious awards have been instituted by the B M Birla Science Centre,
Hyderabad, which is a premier institution for the dissemination of science in
the country. The Science Centre runs the B M Birla Planetarium which is rated
to be amongst the best in the world. The Centre also runs a Post Graduate
Diploma in Planetarium Techniques and Management, the first such course
anywhere in the world, besides conducting M Tech courses in Computer Sciences.