Three of our colleagues in the School of Life Sciences have been recognized by the DBT (the Department of BioTechnology). Sharmishta Banerjee and Ravi Kumar Gutti of the Department of Biochemistry have been given the 2011 Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award while Niyaz Ahmed Associate Professor in the Department of Biotechnology has been given the National Bioscience Award.
Here is something I found on his website: Dr Niyaz Ahmed graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and obtained further degrees in Animal Biotechnology (MS) and Molecular Medicine (PhD). He joined the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics – Hyderabad, as a tenured Faculty Member (Staff Scientist) in 1998 and since then contributed a significant body of applied research in the area of infectious disease biology and genetics. Amidst his busy research career Niyaz is an ardent supporter of the PLoS lead contemporary approach to Open Science, Open Access to Science and Open Evaluation of Science. He is a Section Editor (Microbiology and Genomics) of PLoS ONE and has overseen/handled peer review of dozens of landmark articles there. Dr Ahmed is the co- founder of the ISOGEM, a scientific society headquartered at Sassari, Italy and serves as its General Secretary.