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| KHAG L | No. 113 - JANUARY 2018 | 01 The 29th Foundation Day Lecture Contents... Reports of Past Events Congratulations K.S. V. S. Narasimhan Memorial Award Call for Proposals for Workshop Welcome Visitors Know Thy Birds 1 to 13 1 4 13 13 14, 15 16 Congratulations to... Sanjeev Dhurandhar on being awarded NASI-Senior Scientist PlatinumJubilee Fellowship (2018). Arvind Gupta on being conferred the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Varun Sahni on receiving the Homi Jehangir Bhabha medal from the President of the Indian National Science Academy on December 27, 2017. Varun Sahni on being elected as a Fellowof TheWorld Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Jayant Narlikar on being conferred with the Bharat Asmita Vigyaan - Tantragyaan Shreshtha Award 2018 by MIT World PeaceUniversity, Pune. Available online at ISSN 0972-7647 A quarterly bulletin of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (An autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission) Editor : Aseem Paranjape ( ) Editorial Assistant : Manjiri Mahabal ( ) No. 113 JANUARY 2018 Follow us on our face book page : for Astronomy and Astrophysics Inter-University Centre KHAG L IUCAA Foundation Day Lecture was delivered on Friday, December 29, 2017, by Professor Partha P. Majumder, Distinguished Professor at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani, West Bengal. Professor Majumder has an illustrious scientific career shaped largely at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, where he completed his B.Sc., M.Sc., and then obtained a Ph.D. degree in Statistics in 1982. After a few stints abroad, he then returned to ISI as Professor, and later Head of the Anthropology and Human Genetics Unit. He is an internationally recognised expert, whose research interests focus on human genome variation and statistical genomics. He is a Fellow of all the three major Indian Scientific Academies and has won several awards, including the NewMillenniumResearchMedal, awarded by the Indian Science Congress Association and the CSIR; the TWAS Prize in Biology awarded by The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries, Trieste, Italy; the Society of Biotechnologist’s M.V. Pylee Lifetime Achievement Award for original contributions to Biotechnology, among many others. Professor Majumder was the Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, during 2010 - 2016, and continues there as a DistinguishedProfessor. contd... on Page 2