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The official notification for the E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award on Taxonomy 2018 has been released by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. Interested and eligible candidates can check out the details of the three awards up for grabs with a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh. Check out all of the details on the same below:

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Biological diversity refers to the variability in the living organisms and the ecosystems of which they form part. Preservation of biological diversity is essential for maintaining ecological balance and also for evolutionary processes. It’s direct bearing on food security, agriculture, medicine, industry etc.. The advances in biotechnology and development of products based on using biological resources are becoming a motivating factor for increased utilization of biological resources.

Taxonomy is the science of identification, classification and naming of living organisms. Taxonomic work involves the study of morphological characteristics and phylogenetic relationship of organisms that are crucial for applied biological sciences, for example, medicine, agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Development of biotechnologies and their

industrial applications depend greatly on taxonomy. Present-day demands of taxonomic work and available expertise and studies suggest urgent need for encouraging excellence and for motivating experts to work in hitherto neglected groups of organisms e.g. microbes, lower groups of plants, animals etc.. The challenge is rather serious, as while the existing expertise is ageing and retiring, maybe not many young scholars are still opting for studies in taxonomy.

So as to encourage work of excellence in taxonomy and to Promote Young scholars and students to work within this field of science, this award, named After the late Prof. E.K. Janaki Ammal was instituted in the year 1999. Late Prof. Janaki Ammal did taxonomic work of exceptional merit and excellence, Especially in the area of cytotaxonomy and has become a source of inspiration to Many young scientists.

Originally there was one Award on Taxonomy covering each of the 3 fields viz Botany, Zoology and study of Micro-organisms. It has been determined to Enlarge the scope of the Award and increase the number of Awards to 3, one Each for excellence in Plant, Animal and Microbial Taxonomy.

The 3 awards will be called ‘E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award Plant Taxonomy’,”E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award on Animal Taxonomy’ and ‘E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award on Microbial Taxonomy’.


The award will be announced tentatively during July 2019.


Last date for receiving nominations: 30th June 2019.


Each award will carry Rs. 5, 00,000/- (Five Lakh only) in cash together with a citation, scroll along with Medallion. The Awards will be given to the Taxonomists chosen by a Selection Committee constituted for this purpose.


Any Indian taxonomist engaged in Taxonomic research work on fauna, flora or microorganisms in the country is eligible for the award. There’ll be no age limitation. The following is a listing of illustrative, eligibility standards for the award:

a) Outstanding contribution in that the area of taxonomic revision of species/ genus/ family/ order;

b) Outstanding original contribution in the area of taxonomic monographic work (Assessment of overall aspects of comprehension of species/ genus/ family/ order);

c) Ability to recognize new taxa as evident by the discovery of new species/ genus;

d) Outstanding experimental work in areas like cytotaxonomy and molecular taxonomy, chemotaxonomy etc..

e) Research expertise in the field of taxonomy in terms of number of years spent in taxonomic research and teaching;

f) Expertise in research guidance in taxonomy in terms of number of M.Phil and PhD theses guided;

g) The number of research publications, such as original research papers, books and contribution in symposia and workshops at National and International level.


a) Nominations for the Awards are invited from the University ViceChancellors, Heads of Institutions, and from the previous awardees.

b) The candidates may apply self or via the institutions and previous awardees known at 6(a) above.

c) Nominations received for the Award will be valid for the entire year for which they’ve been made. Past nominations won’t be taken forward. A person not chosen for the Award for a particular year could be renominated in the future years with an updated CV of the candidate.

d) The nominations have to be made in the prescribed format (Annexure I, II & III). The nominations must be sent in a registered sealed cover marked”E. K. Janaki Ammal National Award on Taxonomy” into the following address:

  1. Dr. Sandeep K. Chauan, Scientist ‘E’, CS Division, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Agni Wing, A 510, 5th Floor, Indira Parayavaran Bhawan, MOEFCC, Jorbagh, New Delhi-1100033 Phone: 011-2469524. The soft copy of the nomination is also to be sent through email to [email protected]. , [email protected]
  2. Dr B. K. Sinha, Scientist ‘F’, BSI, HQ, CGO Complex, 3rd MSO Building, Block F, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata — 700 064. The soft copy of the nomination is also to be sent through email to [email protected].

On the other hand, the application, complete in all respects, should be received by the indicated deadline.


The nominations received will be placed before a Selection Committee constituted
as follows for selecting the awardees:

(i) Secretary – Chairman
(ii) Additional Secretary (CS) –Member
(iii) Director –General (CSIR)-Member
(iv) Director- General, ICAR-Member
(v) Director –BSI-Member
(vi) Director-ZSI- Member
(vii) Plant Taxonomist-Expert Member
(viii) Microbiologist-Expert Member
(ix) Zoologist -Expert Member
(x) Joint Secretary, CS-Division –Member Secretary

The recommendations of the National Taxonomy Award Committee shall be Submitted to the Minister, Environment & Forests for approval.


The Selection Committee would, among other things, bear in mind:

A. Originality and outstanding nature of the contribution to the taxonomy
B. Promotion of taxonomic research
C. Training to Students and
D. The motivation provided by the applicant by Means of guidance to Scholars for conferment of Ph. D or D. Sc.


The award will be announced through Print Media & Website tentatively during the last week of July 2019. The Government reserves the right to withhold the award in 2018 If It’s felt that No meritorious nomination has been received. People who have received this award in the past Years will not be eligible for consideration.

Deadline: 30th June 2019

View Notification & Download Proforma Below

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