The National Mineral Awards Scheme was instituted by the Ministry
of Mines, Government of India in the year 1966 with the objective
to honour individuals / team of scientists for their extraordinary
achievements and outstanding contributions in the field of fundamental
or applied geosciences, mining and allied areas with a view to provide
an incentive for striving towards excellence. The awards shall be
given annually The awards shall be conferred on persons who, in
the opinion of the Award Making Authority, have made outstanding
contributions in the particular field of their endeavour ordinarily
during the previous ten years with due consideration to the totality
of the achievements of the nominees. As many as six awards may be
given every year to scientists below 40 years of age including two
teams, in which at least one member is below 40 years of age as
on the 31st December preceding the year for which the award is given.
Nature of the award:
The National Mineral Awards shall be of two categories as stated
(A) National Mineral
Awards, hereinafter referred to as the ?Awards? .
(B) National Mineral Award for Excellence, hereinafter referred
to as the ?Award for Excellence?.
Number of awards: Fourteen
(14) annual Awards shall be given to scientists , technologists
/ engineers individually or to teams in recognition of their meritorious
contribution in any of the fields under the following three sections,
except Field (vi) & (xiv) in which there is a provision for
two awards each. Thus the total awards will be sixteen (16).
Fields covered :
Section-I: Minerals and Geo information Fields
i) Mineral discovery (excluding coal & lignite and oil &
natural gas) of economic and/or strategic importance.
ii) Mineral exploration (excluding coal & lignite and oil &natural
gas) including application of innovative geophysical
geochemical techniques etc.
iii) Mining technology, including development and application of
new methods and innovative techniques through research & development,
leading to increase in productivity / conservation of mineral resources(
excluding oil & natural gas), systematic mine planning, concurrent
mine reclamation, waste utilization etc
.iv) Mineral beneficiation/project development and planning leading
to exploitation of mineral resources (excluding oil & natural
v) Geo information System: development, structuring and implementation
of geo information systems; databases, maps, manuals / publications
in various fields of geosciences, mining and allied areas (including
scientific expeditions and global programmes).
Section -II: Basic
and Applied Geosciences Fields
vi) Geology: Stratigraphy, structural geology, ,tectonics, seism
tectonics, petrology, palaeontology, mineralogy, geomorphology,
mineral economics, mineral chemistry, mineral physics etc.
vii) Applied Geology: Engineering geology, hydrogeology, glaciology,
geothermal exploration, remote sensing etc.
viii) Geophysics / Applied Geophysics: Application of geophysical
methods to the study of earth sciences, geomagnetism, seismology,
ground, airborne & marine geophysical survey techniques and
ix) Geochemistry as applied to earth sciences, geochronology, isotope
x) Environmental Geosciences and management studies including coastal
and desert environmental management, medical geology etc
xi) Disaster Management: Management of natural hazards such as earthquakes,
landslides, floods, safe geo tourism, volcanic events including
management of disasters in underground mines etc.
xii) Ocean Development: Oceanography, Antarctic research, Marine
Section-III: Fuel Minerals
xiii) Studies on coal and lignite including their discovery, exploration
& development etc.
xiv) Studies on oil & natural gas including their discovery,
exploration using various geophysical methods /techniques, project
development and planning leading to exploitation of oil & natural
gas resources / reservoir management etc.
Award for excellence:
The Award for Excellence (single award) shall be made to an outstanding
scientist / technologist / engineer with an exceptionally high lifetime
achievement for his/her sustained and significant contributions
in any fields) of Geosciences, Mining and allied areas.
(a) Each Award will carry a cash prize of Rs. 100,000/-*, a certificate,
citation and trophy.
(b) In case of each Award a maximum of two individuals / an individual
and a team / two teams may be selected if they are adjudged to be
of equivalent merit. However, such shared awards shall not exceed
two. In such a case, each individual will get a cash prize of Rs.
100,000/-* and in case of teams sharing the award, each team member
shall receive a minimum of Rs. 40,000/-*.
(c) The sixteen awards may include a maximum of four team awards.
In case of team award the prize money will be shared equally by
the team members subject to a minimum of Rs. 40,000/-* each.
(d) The Award for Excellence shall carry a cash prize of Rs. 300,000/-*,
a certificate, citation and trophy.
(a) Any citizen of India who is a professionally qualified geoscientist/
technologist / engineer having meritorious background with significant
contribution in any of the field specified
(b) The award will be given on the basis of contributions made through
work done primarily in India during the last ten years preceding
the year of the award (For this purpose ?primarily? will mean ?for
the most part?).