RYSI Award 2020 Winners

A special thanks to the Finalists for taking part in the Online RYSI Award Finals. It was a pleasure seeing all of you on Sunday, 29th November 2020. The models you created were a testament to your innovative nature and we hope that this is just the beginning of your scientific exploration.

RYSI ID Name Category Rank Innovation Title School City
N17531 Nishika Shah Junior Winner Chromatography with Different Colors, Types, Liquids and Papers The Choice School, Tripunithura Kochi
M15129 Madhura S S Junior Runner up Magical Spread of Colours Vidyashilp Academy Bengaluru
M20694 Michelle Rose George Junior Runner up Shower Bottle with Holes and Without Holes on the Cap The Choice School, Tripunithura Kochi
S21193 Sankamithraa K Middle Winner Neutralization Reaction Between Baking Soda and Vinegar Velammal Bodhi Campus Chennai
T15882 Tilak Bhimrajka Middle Runner up Making CO2 in the Kitchen The Kalyani School Pune
D15367 Divyant Pravinkumar Middle Runner up Eco Friendly Firecracker – Hydrogen Generation using Household Items Delhi Public School, Electronic City Bengaluru
V5571 Vinayak Prabhu K Senior Winner Underwater Communication Device Prototype BGS National Public School Bengaluru
A22033 Adi Amartya Shankar Senior Runner up Experiments to Show the Properties of Sound Ekya School Bengaluru
J15160 Jay Kakar Senior Runner up Sound Through Our Ears Springdales New Delhi


  • Jayant Murthy, Senior Faculty, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA; worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA), Maryland, USA, specialist in Space Astronomy with broad interests.
  • Dwarakanath K.S.., Emeritus Faculty, Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore; PhD from IISc, Main area of work Extragalactic astronomy using techniques of Radio-astronomy.
  • Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Retired Faculty, IIA. PhD IISc. Great breadth and depth in various branches of physics, excellent in hands-on experiments; fluent in maths; Co-author of the biography of KS Krishnan, deeply involved in People’s Science Network.
  • Mousumi Das, Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ. of Maryland, USA; PhD, IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. Gives numerous outreach and public lecture talks around the world, to professional and budding astronomers!
  • Swati Sircar, Azim Premji University (APU); runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA. Expert and wizard in creating hands-on maths and science activities for children and teachers. Heavily involved in enhancing the curriculum in various State and National syllabi.
  • Ashok Pati, Retired Faculty, IIA. Graduate of BITS, Pilani and IIA (Ph.D.). Specialising in astrophysics of galaxies and population modelling. High level of expertise in the area of instrumentation and computing. Major role in designing cutting-edge astronomy instruments such as the JCB Telescope at the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) and the UV Imaging Telescope (UVIT) aboard the Astrosat satellite.
  • Raghunandan Nair, is at present Editorial Manager for Science and Computer Science at Oxford University Press India. He graduated in Science and holds a post-graduate degree in Publishing from the University of Delhi. He has over 18 years of experience in commissioning, developing, and editing science and computer science courses for school education, which includes textbooks as well as print and digital support material for students and teachers.
  • Divya Bellur Uma, Faculty at School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. PhD, Georgetown University, USA; Post-doc at IISER, Thiruvananthapuram. Main interests include predator-prey interactions and mimicry as well as in alternative teaching styles.
  • S.P. Rajaguru, Faculty, IIA. PhD, IISc (Joint Astronomy Programme). Post-doc at Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France and Stanford University, USA. Main research interests include the solar interior and helioseismology. He plays a major role in science outreach at IIA and elsewhere, bringing astronomy to the masses.
  • DCV Mallik, Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae. PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Senior author of the biography of Sir KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the field of History of Science.
  • Shailaja Sharma, Adjunct Faculty, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), and part-time maths and statistics faculty at Mallya Aditi International School. MSc and PhD from IIT Bombay, worked at Shell and with various development agencies (World Bank, UN etc.) as a statistician and consultant. Has a deep interest in the Indic traditions of mathematics.
  • Sekhar Soorianarayanan, The Valley School, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech. Vast experience and passionate interest in creating hands-on learning tools and modules for middle and high school students of science.
  • Proteep Mallik, SAS, APU. Extensive experience in the field of optical engineering with firms such as Pacific Biosciences and KLA-Tencor in the USA. Graduate studies at Optical Sciences Center, Univ. of Arizona, USA.
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