An IIT Madras Professor Thalappil Pradeep has been selected for the Nikkei Asia Prize 2020. Professor Thalappil Pradeep will be conferred with the Nikkei Asia Prize 2020 in the category of ‘Science and Technology’. He would be honoured with the prize for his pioneering work in nanotechnology-based water purification. Complete list of winners of the prize is as follows:
- Science and Technology: Professor Thalappil Pradeep (India)
- Culture and Community: Ram Prasad Kadel (Nepal)
- Economic and Business Innovation: Anthony Tan (Malaysia) & Tan Hooi Ling (Malaysia)
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Professor Thalappil Pradeep has worked on the nanotechnology-enabled water filters which can deliver potable clean water for 2 paisa per litre in India. He was recently awarded by the government of India with the highest civilian honour of the country i.e. Padma Shri Award.
The Nikkei Asia Prizes recognizes those individuals who have contributed to the region’s sustainable development and to a creation of a better future of Asia. The prize is conferred annually in three areas i.e. “Economic and Business Innovation“, “Science and Technology”, and “Culture and Community”.