The Gujar Mal Modi Award for Innovative Science & Technology 2013 will be conferred on renowned scientist Dr Vinod Prakash Sharma for his outstanding contributions in the field of basic and applied research on malaria and vector biology.
Dr Sharma is the founder director of the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR). After his postdoctoral stint in Notre Dame and Purdue University,he was selected as Senior Scientist WHO/ICMR project on mosquitoes. In July 1982,Dr Sharma was appointed Director of Malaria Research Centre (now National Institute of malaria Research,in short NIMR). It is notable to mention that Dr. Sharmas Institute emerged internationally as the top Malaria Research facility in the country. He crafted the bioenvironmental malaria control strategy as an alternative to spraying chemicals and successfully demonstrated malaria control in various eco-epidemiological settings.
The award carrying a cash prize of Rs 2.01 lakh will be presented on August 9 in New Delhi.