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Microsoft Research India Rising Star Awards

The Microsoft Research India Rising Star Awards recognize senior Ph.D. students in India who have done exceptional research work in computer science and allied areas.

For the academic year 2010–2011, five Microsoft Research India Rising Star Awards, each amounting to Rs Two Lakhs, will be awarded.

2011 Awardees

The Microsoft Research India Rising Star awardees for 2011 are:

  • Chandramani K. Singh—Indian Institute of Science
  • Jugal Garg—Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Mitesh M. Khapra—Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • N.V. Narendra Kumar—Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • Saswata Shannigrahi—Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

The award winners were decided after a rigorous selection process conducted by a panel of leading researchers in computer science and related disciplines.


  • Students maintaining a full-time enrollment in a Ph.D. program at an Indian university are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be enrolled in Computer Science or in allied areas—such as Electrical Engineering, Electrical Communication Engineering, or Mathematics—where their research work intersects considerably with Computer Science.
  • Students must have spent a minimum of three years in the Ph.D. program.
  • Students who are recipients of Microsoft Research India Ph.D. Fellowship are not eligible to apply.