Irfan Rashid bags INSA Young Scientist medal for 2019

Irfan Rashid, 34, an assistant professor at University of Kashmir’s Earth Sciences Department, has been awarded Young Scientist medial for 2019 by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).

Irfan has been awarded for his outstanding research on implications of changing climate and other anthropogenic forcings on glacier dynamics and hazards, snow cover changes, land system-alpine vegetation dynamics, lake and wetland health over Jammu and Kashmir region, said INSA communiqué issued recently.

INSA has this year awarded 30 young scientists all below 35 years of age with medals, citation and cash prize for their outstanding research contribution in sciences.

The INSA president in a letter to Irfan has written: “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been awarded the prestigious INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2019). You have shown great potential to be a leader in research. I sincerely hope that you will continue to strive hard to reach your potential and to prove your leadership in coming years. Please accept my hearty congratulations.”

INSA Young Scientist Medal award carries a bronze medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs 50,000. The award ceremony will be held during anniversary meeting of the Academy in December.

The young scientist award has been constituted by the INSA in1974 in association with Kothari Scientific Research Institute with the aim of distinguishing young scientists of extraordinary promise and creativity who have made notable research contributions in Science and Technology. Since 1981, however, this award has been solely managed and funded by INSA. INSA is a body of Indian scientists founded in 1935 for promotion of scientific knowledge in the country. One of their activities is to encourage and motivate young talent in Indian science. The INSA Young Scientists Award, is considered to be the highest recognition of promise, creativity and excellence in a young scientist. It is made annually to the distinguished young scientists for their excellent research work carried out in India.