Prof. Suresh Bhargava awarded SASTRA-CNR Rao Award

"Connecting Australia and India through Science and Technology is my ongoing passion and service over the past 30 years and will continue for the rest of my life."

RMIT’s Distinguished Prof. Suresh Bhargava AM has been awarded the prestigious SASTRA-CNR Rao Award 2024.

This award is a tribute to the renowned Indian Chemist Prof. CNR Rao who was celebrated for his ground-breaking contributions to the field.

On receiving this award, Prof. Bhargava said:

“I am humbled to receive this recognition in honour of my mentor and the father of Indian nanotechnology, Professor CNR Rao.”

He added that it’s a lifelong commitment to connecting India and Australia:

“Connecting Australia and India through Science and Technology is my ongoing passion and service over the past 30 years and will continue for the rest of my life.”

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The award presented on National Science Day in India (28 February) highlights influential and outstanding scientists in the field of Chemistry and Materials Science.

Presented by India’s SASTRA UNIVERSITY, the award includes a citation and a cash prize of INR 5 lakh (AUD10,000 approx) celebrating the significant impact of the recipients’ ground-breaking work.

Prof. Bhargava started working at RMIT in 1990, where he established the state-of-the-art Centre for Advanced Materials and Industrial Chemistry, known as CAMIC. 

In 2018, he developed the award-winning global PhD cotutelle collaboration, the RMIT-AcSIR Joint Research Program, connecting RMIT with39 national CSIR research laboratories of India, providing a platform for equipping PhD students with real-world skills through collaborative research and international engagement.

He has been a recipient of international prestigious awards, including the Queens Birthday Honours recognition of the Member of the Order of Australia (2022), the KIA Laureate Award (2016), the ‘CHEMECA medal’ (2015) and most recently, he is the first RMIT researcher to ever receive the RMIT University Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award three times, having been awarded the Vice Chancellor Research Excellence Award for Graduate Supervision (2023).

Prof. Bhargava has pledged to donate the cash prize to a charity in India, exemplifying a spirit of generosity and compassion.

WATCH: Prof. Suresh Bhargava’s acceptance and lecture, National Science Day of India (28 February).

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