The Infosys Prize endeavours to elevate the prestige of science and research in India and inspire young Indians to choose a vocation in research.
The award is given annually to honour outstanding achievements of contemporary researchers and scientists across six categories: Engineering and Computer Sciences, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences, each carrying a prize of a gold medal, a citation and a purse of USD 100,000 (or its equivalent in Rupees). The prize purse is tax-free in the hands of winners in India.
This year the prizes were announced in December 2020.
In this special episode, দেবদত্ত পাল। Debdutta Paul talks to Prof Prachi Deshpande –– Infosys Prize 2020 recipient for Humanities, and Prof Akeel Bilgrami –– Jury and Chair, Humanities, Infosys Science Foundation.
They speak about the context of Professor Prachi Deshpande’s work in Humanities. They discuss what motivates her research in the field, as well as what interests Professor Akeel Bilgrami about her work. Then, they discuss the importance of research in Humanities, in the light of the crises that we are facing today, and the role of Humanities in our everyday lives.