Prestigious National and State Awards

Receiving Padma Vibhushan (2014) at the hands of President Pranab Mukherjee.

Receiving Padma Bhushan (2000) at the hands of President K.R. Narayanan

Receiving Padma Shri (1991) at the hands of President R. Venkataraman

Receiving S.S. Bhatnagar Prize (1982) for Engineering Sciences at the hands of Rajeev Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, the most prestigious award given to scientists below the age of 45.

Receiving the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award (2002) at the hands of Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.

Receiving G.D. Birla Award (1993) for Scientific Research at the hands of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. PM applauded remarks by Mashelkar on the need to move from technonationalism to technoglobalism in line with the globalization of Indian Economy in 1991, which PM had himself heralded.

Receiving the Punyabhushan Award (2008) for Science at the hands of APJ Abdul Kalam, Ex-President of India.

Receiving Maharashtra Bhushan Award on the occassion of Maharashtra Day (2005) at the hands of then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. Seen in the picture, from left, Dr. Mashelkars mother Mrs Anjani Mashelkar and Wife Mrs Vaishali Mashelkar.

Receiving the Gomant Vibhushan Award (2013) at the hands of the Governor and Chief Minister of Goa. This award means Pride of Goa. Goa was Mashelkar’s Janmabhumi (place of Birth). Maharashtra was his Karmabhumi (place of work). Mashelkar has the unique distinction of also winning the Maharashtra Bhushan (Pride of Maharashtra) Award.

Receiving an Award (2012) for being selected as one of the top ten achievers in Maharashtra in the Golden Jubilee Year of the State of Maharashtra at the hands of President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil.

Received Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award (2002) at the hands of President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, L.K. Advani and Sunil Shastri were present.

All India Management Association confered the J.R.D.Tata Leadership Award(1998) to recognise outstanding contributions in management, entrepreneurship and leadership. Received at the hands of the Vice-President of India, Krishan Kant. Mashelkar is the only scientist so far to have received this award.

The first ever National Leadership Awards were given (2004) to Ratan Tata (Industry), Elaben Bhat (Social) and Mashelkar (Science and Technology) at the hands of President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

International Honours

Receiving Fellowship of Royal Society (1998) at the hands of President of Royal Society, Nobel Laureate, Sir Aaron Klugg. Only three Indian engineering scientists have been honoured with FRS in over 350 years

On getting inducted as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), signing in the Register of Royal Society, where Newton has signed. An over overwhelming experience to sign in the Register maintained for over 300 years!

Being admitted (2005) to US National Academy of Science (NAS) by the President of NAS, Prof. Ralph Cicerone

After getting inducted as Foreign Fellow of US National Academy of Science (2005) Mashelkar sign in the Register.

Receiving Star of Asia Award (2005) at the hands of George Bush (Sr). Mashelkar is the only Asian Scientist to have received this honour.

Receiving his 33rd Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University in Australia(2014)

Mashelkar delivered the prestigious Asian Development Bank Eminent Speaker Forum Lecture (2014) in Manila. Vice President Bindu Lohani presenting him the Memento.

Receiving (2005) the Science Medal of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) at the hands of President Mubarak of Egypt in Cairo.

Being inducted (2007) as President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK) in the Golden Jubilee year. He was the first ever Indian President of IChemE elected in IChemE’s Golden Jubilee year.

Receiving (2000) D.Sc. (Hon Causa) from University of Pretoria (South Africa)

With Indian Leadership

The Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi (1989). Sitting next to Mashelkar are Sam Pitroda and Cabinet Secretary, T.N. Seshan.

The Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister meeting (1989) under the Chairmanship of Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao.

With the present Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi (2014). The Prime Minister remarked `Dr. Mashelkar, need your help in getting young science leaders for India’.

Singing National anthem with two iconic national leaders, Dr Abdul Kalam and Shri Narendra Modi

With Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India in the 86th Indian Science Congress (2000) Mashelkar’s Presidential address on ‘New Panchasheel for New Millennium’ became quite popular.

Receiving Life Time Achievement Award from Indian Science Congress (2007) at the hands of Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh.

With Dr. Man Mohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, making a point about raising the bar in Indian science.

The trio, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar and Mashelkar, in a joyous moment.

Receiving 34th D.Sc. ( Hon Causa) at the hands of President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee (2015)

At the first Festival of Innovation (2015), with President Pranab Mukherjee and Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus

With two great pioneers. Mohammed Yunus, the Nobel Laureate, the father of Grameen Bank. Prof Anil Gupta, the father of the Grassroots Innovation Movement.

With Padma Vibhusan Mohan Dharia, with whom Mashelkar enjoyed a very warm and personal relationship, full of mutual respect, admiration and affection.

With Padma Vibhushan Verghese Kurien, the father of white revolution (or operation milk flood) in India, Kurien had invited Mashelkar for the Convocation address of Rural Management Anand.

Presenting a medal, in his capacity as President of Indian National Science Academy, to Padma Vibhushan Prof. Yash Pal, one of the greatest educationalists and thought leaders that India has ever seen.

With Friend Dr. Anil Kakodkar, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was always very affectionate to Mashelkar

With Presidents of USA

Meeting President Bill Clinton (2003). Told the President `You have charmed India, Mr. President’. Coincidentally, this was the title of the cover story of India Today a week later!

Meeting President George Bush (2005). Just a month before that, Mashelkar had received the ‘Star of Asia’ award at the hands of George Bush Sr. Sharing a remark with the President that it must be a rare coincidence to shake hands with the illustrious father and son within a month!

Meeting President Obama, (2015). President Obama asked `What science do you do? Mashelkar responded by saying ‘I do science that works for all not just for some’. President Obama nodded in approval.

With Global Leaders in Science and Innovation

Mashelkar was a co-founder of Global Indigenous Knowledge & Innovation Partnership(GIKIP). Seen here in New York (2008) with the other founders Jim Wolfenson (former World Bank President), President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and the Nobel Laureate, former Prime Minister of Finland, Martti Ahtisari

In his capacity as President of Institution of Chemical Engineers of UK, seen (2007) with Sir David King, Science Adviser to Prime Minister, UK and Lord Nicholas Stern, Economic Adviser to Prime Minister, UK.

With HM Queen Elizabeth and the President of Royal Society, Lord Martin Rees, when Royal Society celebrated 350 years in London. HM Queen listening intensely to a young scientist explaining how she is converting algae to oil.

Mashelkar had the honour of delivering the most prestigious Wolff Ramanujan Lecture in French Academy of Science in Paris in 2007. Seen here with Nobel Laureate Claude Cohen Tannoudji.

Mashelkar was elected (2008) as Fellow of Australian Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE), the first ever Indian to have been elected to an Australian Academy in 40 years. Seen here with Robin Batterham, President of ATSE. Mashelkar’s talk on Gandhian Engineering (More from Less for More) later became a game changer.

With Bill Gates

Mashelkar was the Vice-Chair of WHO Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health. The Chair Madame Ruth Dreyfuss, the former President of Switzerland looks on.

With Nobel Laureate Venky Ramakrishnan, when he attended Mashelkar’s Judge Business School inaugural BP Innovation Lecture in Cambridge University (2010). Prof. Ramakrishnan became the first ever President of Indian origin of the Prestigious Royal Society, London

Mashelkar enjoying a chemistry quiz with two great Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Jean Marie Lehn and Robert Grubbs

With ex-Prime Minister of UK, John Major on the occasion of Mashelkar receiving the Star of Asia Award (2005)

With Industry Leaders

Ratan Tata (2010) and Mashelkar (2011) became Foreign Fellows of American Academy of Arts & Science (AAAS) and signed in the same book on the same page in October 2011. Only 7 Fellows of Indian origin have been elected to AAAS since the year 1780, when AAAS was founded by George Washington & Benjamin Franklin.

Sharing a lighter moment with legendary Dhirubhai Ambani.

Sharing a serious thought with one of the most extraordinary corporate leaders globally today, Mukesh Ambani.

With Mukesh Ambani, while inaugurating the Reliance Innovation Leadership Centre (RIL-C) in Pune on 5 October 2010. RIL-C has set the agenda for making innovation as a way of life at Reliance.

With Nita Ambani, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, who sets very high standards of perfection and performance

With Rahul Bajaj, one of the greatest corporate leaders India has seen. Mashelkar has enjoyed an incredible chemistry with him.

With Legendary S.L. Kirloskar, pioneering industrialist in Maharashtra

With Ashok Ganguly, yet another of Mashelkar’s mentor. Mashelkar says that it was Ashok, who inspired him to be the ‘CEO of CSIR’. This vision was fulfilled, when Mashelkar made it to the cover page of Business India ‘CEO of CSIR Inc.’ in 1998.

Presenting the Indian Merchant Chamber Awards (2005) to Kumar Mangalam Birla, who is providing a great leadership to fulfill Birla enterprise’s global dreams.

Presenting, as the Chairman of Marico Innovation Foundation, the Game Changer Award (2012) to Nandan Nilekani, one of India’s greatest technopreneurs and thought leaders.

N.R.Narayanamurthy and Mashelkar form a mutual admiration society!

Mashelkar, in his capacity as the Chancellor of Institute of Chemical Technology, presenting D.Sc (Hon Causa ) to Mukesh Ambani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industry Ltd, and one of the foremost global corporate leaders.

Special Moments with Family, Mother and Gurus

This is a very gracious Indian way of showing reverence! Loksabha Speaker Manohar Joshi touching the feet of Mashelkar’s mother Anjani Mashelkar, who received the best mother award as Uddhav Thakeray looks on.

A touching moment! Embracing his Guru, Guide, Friend and Philosopher, Prof. M.M. Sharma.

Felicitating his Guru, Prof. M.M. Sharma, whom, Mashelkar has considered as a role model of values, ethics and excellence through out his life.

Felicitating Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao, who has been Mashelkar’s Guru, Guide, Friend & Philosopher for over 30 years. Both Prof. Sharma and Mashelkar call Prof. Rao – a Super Guru – a Guru of all Gurus!

In his capacity as the Chancellor of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mashelkar felicitating his mentor Prof C.N.R. Rao on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

The surprise party on the 50th birthday celebration (1992) of Mashelkar. Sharing a light hearted conversation with his dear friend Jayant Narlikar and his guru and mentor, Dr. B.D. Tilak.

Mashelkar introducing his dear friend Narayanamurthy to his mother Anjani Mashelkar and wife Vaishali Mashelkar during his 60 years celebrations event.

At the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Mashelkar delivered a special lecture (2008) as President of Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).

With Celebrities

With the legendary Amitabh Bachchan and Sunil Gavaskar at the time of felicitation of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar, when Mashelkar was the Chief Guest.

Presenting a life time achievement award to Sunil Gavaskar (2012). Mashelkar is not only a cricket fan – but a cricket fanatic. Sunil Gavaskar is his hero.

With his hero, one and only Sachin Tendulkar, the God of Cricket!

Honoring (2006) the Legendary Lata Mangeshkar for her colossal Life Time achievement.

With Madhuri Dixit and Uddhav Thackeray, when Uddhav launched an extraordinary initiative to connect 18 municipal schools for web-learning.

With Vidya Balan, the Chief Guest for Marico Innovation Foundation Awards (2013) and Dr. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization.

Honoring Padmavibhushan Kishori Amonkar, one of the greatest classical singers of our era.

Journey from Union High School (1960) to NCL (1995)

In 1960, Mashelkar stood 11th among 1,35,000 students in the State of Maharashtra’s Secondary School Certificate Examination. Being felicitated by Balasaheb Desai, Education Minister, Maharashtra.

Ranked as amongst India’s top best five students. Dr. Man Mohan Singh, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, R. Sridharan, Komila Thapar and Mashelkar.

It was Dr. B.D. Tilak, Director of National Chemical Laboratory, who got Mashelkar back to India in 1976, when he was just 33. Mashelkar left an attractive academic career in the west and returned on a princely salary of Rs. 2100($40) per month!

In NCL, Mashelkar set up (1977) the first ever program in Polymer Science & Engineering in India. A brainstorming session to discuss the ambitious plan – with Dr. L.K. Doraiswamy, Head, Chemical Engineering Division & Dr. B.D. Tilak, Director, NCL.

Demonstrating an invention in Polymer Science to Vice President of CSIR, K.R. Narayanan (1982).

Explaining the Polymer Science & Engineering Plan to Dr. A. Ramachandran, DG of CSIR (1978).

In his capacity as Director General of CSIR, explaining the indigenous developments in Aerospace done by National Aerospace laboratories (1998).

Young Mashelkar with Dr. Doraiswamy the Director of National Chemical Laboratory and Prof. M.G.K. Menon, Director General of CSIR (1986)

When Mashelkar was a young scientist in NCL, he received an award from Dr. S. Varadarajan, one of the most enlightened Director Generals of CSIR.

The historic address on 1 June 1995 to NCL staff just two hrs after Mashelkar had taken over as Director, NCL. An auditorium of a capacity of around 500 was filled with 800 NCL staff! Mashelkar articulated his vision of converting National Chemical Laboratory to International Chemical Laboratory on that day!

As Director of NCL, Explaining NCL’s agenda to Sam Pitroda, his close friend, and India’s Techno-Guru, who brought in a transformation in India.

Mashelkar’s vision of converting National Chemical Laboratory into International Chemical Laboratory by exporting knowledge to the developed world (for the first time ever in India) started taking shape in 1991/92. Here he is signing an agreement with DuPont Chief-Technology Officer in 1992.

At the Rajeev Gandhi Memorial Lecture in National Chemical Laboratory (1995), delivered by Lord George Porter, President of royal Society. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is in the middle.

Journey in CSIR (1995-2006)

Taking over as Director General of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research from Dr. S.K. Joshi, the then DG, CSIR on 1 July 1995.

Four Director Generals of CSIR. From left to Right, they are Dr. A.P. Mitra (1986), Dr. M.G.K. Menon (1978), Dr. S.K. Joshi (1991) and Dr. R.A. Mashelkar (1995).

In his capacity as Director General of CSIR, explaining the indigenous developments in Aerospace done by National Aerospace laboratories (1998).

CSIR Directors meeting on 11 May 1998 in Bangalore. 11 May was declared as the Technology Day for India, emanating from the suggestion that emerged due to three major technology events that occurred on that day, the launch of a small aircraft by Naval Aerospace Laboratory.