CSIR Young Scientist Awards were instituted in 1987. CSIR Young Scientist Awards seek to promote in- house excellence in various fields of science and technology. CSIR scientist, below 35 years of age, as reckoned on 26 September (CSIR Fondation Day) of the preceding year, is eligible for the Award.
These awards are given annually in the fields of Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences and Engineering Sciences Physical Sciences (including instrumentation).
Each award consist of a citation, a cash prize of Rs. 50000/- (Rupees fifty thousand only) and a plaque. CSIR Young Scientist Awardees are also entitled to a research grant of Rs. 5.0 Lakhs (Rupees five lakh only) per annum for a period of five years and an honorarium of Rs. 75000/- (Rupees seven thousand and five hundred only) per month till the age of 45 years.
Till 2010, 140 scientists (including 17 women scientists) received the CSIR Yound Scientist Award. For the year 2011, Advisory Committee consisting of eminent scientists recommended seven scientists for the CSIR Young Scientist Awards. For 2011 no one was found suitable in Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences (including instrumentation).
In Chemical Sciences, Dr Bikash Kumar Jena from from CSIR Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology was given the CSIR Young Scientist Award for the year 2011. Dr Dattatraya Hanumant De and Dr Rahul Banerjee also received the CSIR Young Scientist Award for the year 2011 in Chemical Sciences.
The CSIR Young Scientist Award for the Year 2011 in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences was awarded to Dr Arun Singh of CSIR National Geophysical Research Institute. Dr Rajeev Saraswat of CSIR National Institute of Oceanography also received the award in this category.
The CSIR Young Scientist Award for the year 2011 in Engineering Sciences was awarded to Dr Amol Arvindrao Kulkarni and Dr Kaushik Biswas.