New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee presented the visitor's awards for Central Universities in the categories of 'Best University', 'Innovation' and 'Research' for the year 2015 at a function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The University of Hyderabad received 'Best University' award for academic excellence and overall outstanding work. 'Innovation' award was presented to Professor Vijay K Chaudhary and Dr Amita Gupta of University of Delhi for their invention of 'TB Confirm', a rapid diagnostic test for Tuberculosis.
The 'Research' Award was received by Cosmology and Astrophysics Research Group, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia for path breaking research carried out in the field of Astrophysics and Cosmology.
The Research Group comprises of Jamia Millia Islamia faculty - Professor M Sami, Professor Sushant G Ghosh, Professor Sanjay Jhingan and Professor Anjan Ananda Sen.
The 'Best University' received a citation and trophy while winners of visitor's award for 'Innovation' and 'Research' received a citation and cash award of Rs one lakh.
The President had announced institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors' conference last year with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst the Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practises from across the world.