Shekhar C. Mande

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Shekhar C. Mande
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Born (1962-04-05) 5 April 1962 (age 60)
Pune, India
Alma materUniversity of Nagpur
Indian Institute of Science
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
ChildrenNikhil S. Mande
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Centre for Cell Science[1]
WebsiteCSIR Profile

Shekhar C. Mande is Structural and Computational Biologist. He was the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, and the Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology. Prior to this, he was the Director of National Centre for Cell Science, Pune.

He was awarded in 2005 the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, the highest science award in India, in the Biological sciences category.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mande completed his M.Sc. in Physics from University of Nagpur in 1984. In 1991, he earned his PhD in Molecular Biophysics, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Following his PhD, he joined Wim G. J. Hol as Postdoctoral researcher at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands.


Mande began his career at Dec 1995 at the Institute of Microbial Technology in Chandigarh. In September 2001, he moved to Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics in Hyderabad as a senior staff scientist.[3] Between September 2011 and September 2018 He served as director at National Centre for Cell Science in Pune, India.[4][5]

He served as a member of the management council of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai as a representative of the State Government of Maharashtra. He used to be a member of the Management Councils of the Solapur University and the Savitribai Phule Pune University. He is a member of the Governing Body of the Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), and served as a member of the Research Council of the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi.[citation needed] He used to be the Vice President of Vijnana Bharati, a large voluntary science movement in India with Swadeshi spirit.[citation needed]

Prior to moving to Delhi in October 2018 to handle Ministry of Science and Technology portfolios, Mande served on many advisory committees, including task forces of the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. He used to Chair the Basic Science task force of the Department of Biotechnology, and was a core member of the Biophysics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology task force of the Science and Engineering Research Board of the Department of Science and Technology.

Until December 2019, he served as the chair the National Committee for the International Union of Crystallography for the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.

Research highlights[edit]

Prizes and honours[edit]

  • B M Birla Young Scientist Award (1999)
  • Wellcome Trust International Senior Fellow, 2003–08
  • Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (2005)
  • Fellow, Indian National Science Academy New Delhi, Elected 2010
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad, India, Elected 2003
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Elected 2003
  • BC Guha Memorial Lecture of the Indian National Science Academy, 2017
  • BK Bachhawat Memorial Lecture of the National Academy of Science, India, 2017
  • Bharat Asmita Award of MIT-World Peace University, Pune (2019)
  • HK Firodia Vijnan Bhushan Award (2020)


  1. ^ "National Centre For Cell Science, Pune". Archived from the original on 15 July 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ "PM presents Bhatnagar prizes to 21 scientists". The Times of India. 29 September 2005. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  3. ^ "'Good career opportunities for science students'". The Hindu. 24 January 2011. Archived from the original on 29 January 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Press Information Bureau English Releases". 17 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Workshop Announcement: BD-NCCS Centre of Excellence in Stem Cell Research" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Structural Biology: Shekhar C. Mande". Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.

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