Professor M M Sharma has been awarded the PADMA VIBHUSHAN. This is the second highest civilian honour awarded in India.
The photograph shows Professor Sharma (on the left) receiving the PADMA VIBHUSHAN from the President of India, Mr K.R. Narayanan. The ceremony was held on 21st March 2001.
Professor Sharma was a research student here in the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1961-64. He was supervised by Prof. P V Danckwerts and studied the kinetics of gas absorption. He has remained a good friend of the Department and has regularly kept in touch.
The Padma Vibhushan is awarded to recognize exceptional and distinguished service to the nation, in any field, including services rendered by government servants. The Padma Vibhushan was originally established by the President of India in January 1954. Other famous recipients of the medal are former ANC Deputy President and veteran anti-apartheid leader Walter Sisulu in 1998 and musicians Lata Mangeshkar and Bhimsen Joshi in 1999.