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Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Memorial Tournament-2018

Golden Jubilee SSBMT Zonal-II (Indoor & Outdoor), CSIR-CDRI, 26-29th November 2018

One of the brightest luminaries of Science in India, Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (1894-1955), was the First Director (now redesignated as Director General) of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). He was also the first Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In 1936, Dr. Bhatnagar was rewarded with the Order of British Empire for his contribution to pure and applied chemistry. In 1943, the Society of Chemical Industry, London, elected Dr. Bhatnagar as its Hon. Member and later as its Vice-President. In 1943, he was elected the Fellow of Royal Society.

It was his dynamism and farsightedness that was responsible for the growth and development of not only the CSIR but also the level of Science & Technology in India. His untiring efforts, devotion to duty and pioneering work in the field of Chemical Sciences brought him many laurels from India and abroad. He emphasized on the utilization of science for national development and thus was a great builder of this important organization.

The SSBMT is a novel way of paying tribute to this great personality and has been a forum for bringing together staff members of CSIR irrespective of discipline and organizational leads. What started and progressed as a biennial event has now grown magnificently to outdoor and indoor tournaments held in alternative years in different national laboratory premises.