The Indian Business Club at MIT has established the Global Indus Technovators Awards to honor 20 people of South Asian origin who have contributed substantially to the development of technologies that have the potential for widespread impact.
Manish Bajaj, President of the Indian Business Club, said the goal of the award is to "widen awareness about the contributions of the South Asian community around the world."
Nominees must be of South Asian origin and under the age of 40. The call for nominations will be open until May 31, 2003. Some broad areas of technology that could serve as guidelines include biotechnology, medicine and healthcare, information technology, materials and devices, energy and development work.
Judging panel for the Global Indus Technovators Awards includes Professor Philip Sharp, 1993 Nobel Laureate:, N.R. Narayanamurthy, Chairman Infosys Technologies, and Desh Deshpande, President, Sycamore Networks.
"Technical innovation will be key to solving the daunting problems of the 21st century. I am proud to be a part of this effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of young South Asian innovators. I encourage the global South Asian community to take advantage of this award," said Deshpande who also serves on the steering committee for the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT.
Awardees will be recognized in a convention to be held at MIT in the Fall of 2003.
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