Government of Kerala with an aim to encourage the most eminent research scholars and research pedagogues of the state, have instituted Kairali Research Awards vide an order No. G.O. (Rt) No.253/2018/H.Edn dated 08-02-2018 which has accorded the necessary administrative sanction as proposed by the Higher Education Department for an amount of Rupees 130 Lakhs from the Budget Provision during the current financial year 2018-19. This award has conceptualised for most eminent research scholars in various academic disciplines under four categories of scholars viz. Kairali Gaveshaka Puraskaram, Kairali Gaveshana Puraskaram, Kairali Lifetime Achievement and Kairali Global Lifetime Achievement Award. Subsequent to this the government vide G.O. (Rt) No.820/2018/H.Edn dated 24-04-2018 authorised the state Higher Education Council (KSHEC) as the secretariat for the Kairali Research Awards. A selection committee has been constituted for the purpose of selecting eligible candidates for the awards by nominating the following eminent persons as the committee members;
No. Name & Designation  
1 Dr. P. Balaram
Former Director, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bengaluru
2 Dr. Prabhath Patnaik
Former Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences at JNU and Former Vice Chairman of State Planning Board, Kerala
3 Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan
Distinguished Professor, Inter-University centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA), Pune
4 Dr. E.D.Jemmis
Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and Founder Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram
5 Prof. Sachidanandan
Noted Poet and Critic, Member of Advisory Council of Kerala State Higher Education Council

Following these steps, Government vide G.O. (Rt) No.915/2018/H.Edn dated 08-05-2018 has approved the guidelines for the awards. The commencement of this awards from 2017-18 academic year onwards to those excel in a particular subject  under three categories
Name of Award Total Amount (Rs) Eligibility Criteria Subject Areas
Gaveshaka Puraskaram 5,00000 Students of Doctoral Degree obtained from a recognized University in Kerala are given this award to continue innovative research Chemical Science/Physical Science/Biological Science/Social Science/Arts and Humanities
Gaveshana Puraskaram 25,00000 Faculty members of Universities or Colleges of Kerala, excelled in research/pursuing research in cutting edge areas Chemical Science/Physical Science/Biological Science/Social Science/Arts and Humanities
Lifetime Achievement 2,50,000 Scholars of institution within Kerala Science/Social Science/Arts and Humanities
Global Lifetime 5,00000 Scholars of Kerala origin within India or Abroad Science/Social Science/Arts and Humanities

  In order to expedite the process, the state government has approved the proposals of the Departmental Working Groups of Higher Education through G.O. (Rt) No.1230/2018/H.Edn dated 22-06-2018 for a item wise distributions of amount for the above mentioned categories of awards and necessitated the role of the State Higher Education Council to implement the Kairali Research Awards.
Date G.O. Subject
08/02/2018 G.O.(Rt) No.253/2018/H.Edn Administrative Sanction
24/04/2018 G.O.(Rt) No.820/2018/H.Edn Selection Committee constitution
08/05/2018 G.O.(Rt) No.915/2018/H.Edn Award guidelines approval
22/06/2018 G.O.(Rt) No.1230/2018/H.Edn Annual AS approval-2018-19
The State Higher Education Council has wholeheartedly accepted this duty and has designed a mode of operation to accomplish this objective. Council has designated Dr. Manulal P. Ram, Research Officer of the academic division of the council as the nodal officer to coordinate the proceedings of this honourable affair. The Council has decided to choke out various modalities favouring the inflow of eligible nominations from the eminent academic community through 13 universities as nodal agencies to carry out preliminary screening as per their jurisdiction of subject disciplines. Nodal officers at university level for this part of process have been nominated by these 13 universities to facilitate the first level scrutiny.



Dr. Manulal P. Ram
Research Officer

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