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2016 Infosys Prize Winners

The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) has announced six winners of the Infosys Prize 2016 in the six different categories of the award.

They will be bestowed with this award at the awards ceremony scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on 7 January 2017.

Winners are

  • Engineering and Computer Science: V. Kumaran. He has been chosen for his seminal work in complex fluids and complex flows especially in transition and turbulence in soft walled tubes and channels. His work is of high practical utility in cardio-vascular and pulmonary health.
  • Humanities: Sunil Amrith. He has been chosen for his outstanding contributions to the history of migration, history of international public health and environmental history and in recognition of his field-changing research on interrelated past of contemporary Asia.
  • Life Sciences: Gagandeep Kang. She has been chosen for her pioneering contributions to understanding the natural history of rotavirus and other infectious diseases.
  • Her findings have enormous implications for vaccines and other public health measures to thwart these infections.
  • Mathematical Sciences: Akshay Venkatesh. He has been chosen for his exceptionally wide ranging, foundational and creative contributions to modern number theory.
  • Physical Sciences: Anil Bhardwaj. He has been chosen for his outstanding contributions to Planetary Science and Exploration, including detection and delineation of the nature and origin of planetary X-rays.
  • Social Sciences: Kaivan Munshi. He has been chosen for his remarkably deep analysis of the multifaceted role of communities, such as castes and ethnic groups in the process of economic development.

About Infosys Prize

  • Infosys Prize is an annual award bestowed upon researchers, scientists, social scientists and engineers in India by the Infosys Science Foundation (ISF).
  • The Prize is given to six categories Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Humanities.
  • Each category prize carries a 22-carat gold medallion, a citation certificate and prize money of 65 Lakh rupees.
  • The Infosys Prize is one of the highest monetary awards in India that recognizes the scientific research.


Infosys unveils Skava Commerce, a modular e-commerce platform

India’s second largest software services major Infosys has launched “Skava Commerce” a new standard for modern, mobile-first and modular e-commerce platform for retailers.

The platform has been developed by Skava, a Silicon Valley-based e-commerce start-up that Infosys had acquired in June 2015 for 120 million dollars.

Key Facts

  • The Skava Commerce platform can help brick-and-mortar retailers to quickly launch new offerings, improve conversion rates of traffic coming from digital channels.
  • It can integrate with existing technologies, while providing a future-ready architecture that will enable next generation shopping experiences.
  • It leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, natural language processing and virtual reality (VR).
  • It provides suite of e-commerce micro-services that can be used stand alone or in conjunction with others and can be implemented without downtime.
  • Skava Commerce’s modern architecture scales as traffic increases in order to provide a consistent experience across all channels.


Union Government clears Infosys proposal to set up IT SEZ in Bengaluru

Union Government has approved the proposal of Infosys to set up an IT/ITeS special economic zone (SEZ) in Bengaluru, Karnataka in an area spread over 4 hectares.

Decision in this regard was taken by an inter-ministerial Board of Approval (BoA), headed by Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia.

Key facts

  • BOA granted formal approval Infosys’ proposal as it possesses the land by itself. It also extended the time limit of nearly around 20 developers to complete their projects.
  • The developers who got the time extension include Wipro for IT SEZ in Karnataka, Mayar Infrastructure Development for a biotechnology SEZ in Haryana and Vedanta for its sector-specific SEZ for manufacturing and exports of aluminium in Odisha.
  • The BoA also approved application of Unitech Realty Project for change of name of the developer. The changed name will be Candor Gurgaon One Developers and Projects and it also changes shareholding pattern of the company.

SEZs are delineated duty-free enclaves that are deemed to be foreign territory for the purposes of trade operations and duties and tariffs. They are genereall export hubs that contribute about 23 per cent to the country’s total exports.