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13 September 2010 | PR 10/133

Prestigious international award bestowed upon Loughborough University lecturer

Dr Vaidhyanathan

Dr Vaidhyanathan, Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University's Department of Materials, to receive prestigious award.

Loughborough University’s Dr Bala Vaidhyanathan has been selected to receive the prestigious Glory of India Award and Certificate of Excellence from the India International Friendship Society (IIFS) for his outstanding contributions in the field of Science, Technology and Education.

Dr Vaidhyanathan is a senior lecturer within the University’s Department of Materials where he co-ordinates a new programme seeking to create educational and research links with premier institutions in India. He will be presented with the award at a special ceremony in London on Saturday 25 September. The chief guest Hon Baroness Sandip Verma, FRSA, Minister for International Development and member of the House of Lords, will be presenting the award.

Dr Vaidhyanathan, known as Vaidhy by his Loughborough colleagues, said: “It really is an honour to receive this award from the IIFS and to be recognised for my work encouraging collaborations with Indian projects to strengthen Indo-British ties.

“The University offers many international initiatives and I am passionate about encouraging students in India to participate in these through invited lectures and web-seminars. Last year I gave a talk that was broadcast to over 3000 Indian students and this was something that was really special for me.”

The IIFS honours outstanding Indians and non-Indians all over the world who contribute to the growth of India and the strengthening of Indo-UK ties through their proactive work. Dr Vaidhyanathan joins a distinguished list of individuals, including Her Holiness Mother Teresa; Sir Michael Arthur, former British High Commissioner in India; B D Jatti, former Vice President of India; and cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar, to name but a few, who have been bestowed the award in the past.

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Notes for editors:

  1. The India International Friendship Society is a voluntary organisation established to forge greater unity and integrity among the people of Indian origin living anywhere in the world. Its programme is to share professional, educational, industrial and even personal experiences with people in India and across the world. Visit www.globalfriendshipday.org for further information about the Society.
  2. Dr Vaidhyanathan’s research work focuses mainly on the novel processing of advanced ceramics with a special emphasis on electronic and energy materials. He has authored more than 70 peer reviewed publications, delivered over 30 presentations at national and international events and is named as inventor on 15 international patents.
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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