Raghavendra Gadagkar Honored With Germany’s Highest Civilian Award

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Professor Raghavendra Gadagkar was honored with the highest civilian award of the Germany. The Consul General Joern Rohde felicitated him at the German Consulate in Bengaluru during a ceremony.

Mr. Gadagkar, a professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, has been conferred the ‘Cross of Order of the Merit’. He works at the Centre for Ecological Sciences and is a well-known insect biology experts of the present times.

While presenting the award, Mr. Rohde said “I am honoured to present the Cross of the Order of Merit on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.  This merit not only symbolises Professor Gadagkar’s academic achievements but is also an appreciation of his invaluable contribution to Indo-German Science Cooperation. Science today knows no boundaries and close cooperation between scientists over different continents enhances scientific research”.

On receiving the award, Prof Gadagkar said that he is overwhelmed to receive the prestigious award.

He has numerous titles associated with him. He has 270 published research papers and two books to his name. Moreover, he is the president of the Indian National Science Academy (New Delhi) as well as the founding chairman of the Centre for Contemporary Studies.

With his initiative, the Professor aims to inculcate the same spirit of doing research work in Indians. He believes that research is a fun work so more and more students should pick up science and research.

Although Gadagkar has visited many countries and has many collaborations across the world, but he finds something special in Germany. The MoU between IISc and the University of Wurzburg was signed in 2012 because of his influence. Moreover, he has received the only Nobel laureate from Germany. He is proactive in the Indo-German scientific cooperation.

Many eminent scientists, professors, Ph.D. students from IISc along with the media representatives were present at the award ceremony.

This prestigious award was initiated by Federal President Theodor Heuss in 1951.

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