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Gagandeep Kang awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS), UK

Gagandeep Kang becomes first Indian woman scientist to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS), United Kingdom.

Gagandeep Kang

  • She is a clinician scientist, who is well known for her key role in development of Rotavac. She currently appointed as executive director of Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad, which is an autonomous institute of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • In 2016, she was conferred prestigious Infosys Prize in Life Sciences for her contributions in understanding natural history of rotavirus and other infectious diseases.
  • She is also first Indian and first woman to edit Manson’s Textbook of Tropical Medicine.

Rotavac

It is India’s first indigenously developed vaccine for rotavirus infections, which is responsible for childhood diarrhea. The Rotavac was developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited and Pune-based Serum International also developed a rotavirus vaccine called Rabishield. Both of them are included in India’s Immunisation Programme.

In January 2018, World Health Organisation (WHO) “pre-qualified” the Rotavac vaccine, which means that vaccine could be sold internationally to other countries in Africa and South America.

Fellowship of the Royal Society

It is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence since 1663. It is an award sponsored by Royal Society of London and also known as FRS, ForMemRS and HonFRS. It is granted to individuals who made substantial contribution to improvement of natural knowledge in fields of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science, and medical science.

It has been awarded to many eminent scientists approximately 8000 in total with 1675 living right now, including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Ernest Rutherford, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill etc.

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AIFF recommends names of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for Arjuna award 2019

All India Football Federation (AIFF) recommended names of National team footballers Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Jeje Lalpekhlua for the prestigious Arjuna Award 2019.

AIFF has been pushing Sandhu and Jeje cases since 2017 but Arjuna Award committee didn’t approve their claims in past two years.

In 2017 AIFF recommended Sandhu and Jeje names along with then Indian women’s team captain Bembem Devi, but Arjuna Award committee didn’t approve their claims in past two years and only Devi was conferred with the award. Again in2018 they did not receive the approval.

After Sunil Chhetri, Sandhu and Jeje are Indian national team’s longest serving footballers. Sunil has received both Arjuna and Padma Shri. Also, Sandhu is only second footballer ( after Sunil Chhetri) in India to play Asian Cup final rounds twice in 2011 and 2019.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

He currently plays for Bengaluru FC and had earlier played for Norwegian side Stabaek. He set a unique record in 2016, by becoming first Indian footballer to play competitive match in European top division league.

Jeje Lalpekhlua

He currently plays for Chennaiyin FC in ISL (Indian Super League). The 28-year-old from Mizoram has 23 international goals to his credit and is an exceptionally talented striker. He was inducted in national team in 2011 by then coach Bob Houghton. He currently plays for Chennaiyin FC in the ISL.

Arjuna Award

Instituted in 1961, it is India’s second highest sporting award after Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. It is bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years. It is bestowed upon sportsperson in recognition of their consistently outstanding performance for four years in National sports. It is confered by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and award carries bronze statuette of Arjuna, a scroll and a monetary award of 5 lakh rupees.

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