IPA Rahul Basu Memorial Award

for the Best Thesis in any area of High Energy Physics

About the award

This award is instituted in memory of the late Prof. Rahul Basu, one of India’s leading High Energy physicists and a warm and enthusiastic member of the HEP community whose presence is greatly missed. The award, coordinated through the Indian Physics Association, will be given for the two most outstanding Ph.D. theses from India, across all areas of High Energy Physics (theoretical and experimental), during a 2-year period starting from September 1st of each even year. To be eligible for the 2020 award, the thesis should have been accepted with a Provisional Degree Certificate from a recognised university, dated between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2022.

The winners, to be selected by an expert committee, will receive a cash prize (currently Rs 25,000) and a citation. The awards will be presented at the DAE symposium in High Energy Physics. The 2020 award (the fifth one in the series) will be given at the DAE symposium to be held at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali from December 12-16, 2022.

Nomination procedure

Nominations for this award are invited from faculty members working in High Energy Physics at a university or research institute. They should write to rahul.basu.award@gmail.com providing the names and email addresses of the nominee, PhD supervisor, and a brief (one paragraph) description of the nominee’s work. The name of the nominee should also appear in the Subject line of this email.

Thereafter the award committee will contact the nominee to submit his/her thesis, along with a detailed CV including list of publications and a copy of the Provisional Degree Certificate. The nominee will be asked to request two referees (one of whom can be the nominator) to write directly to the same email address in support of the nomination. In all communications, the nominee’s name should appear in the Subject line. The committee if needed will also consult experts in the area of the candidate. Winners will be selected by an expert committee whose decision will be final.


Nominations are closed on September 15, 2022.  If there any special circumstances which require consideration, please write to the Chairman of the Award Committee.

Short- listed nominees may be contacted later on by the expert committee and asked to provide additional details as required.

Award ceremony

The winners will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony during the DAE Symposium in HEP, to be held at the NISER, from December 14-18, 2020 and to deliver a seminar on their thesis work at the award ceremony. This year the symposium will be in virtual mode.

Earlier Winners:

The earlier winners of this award are

Year Awardees Honouroble Mention

Dr. Lokesh Kumar (Punjab University) for the thesis
"Identified particle production, fluctuations and correlations studies in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC energies".

Dr. Diptimoy Ghosh (TIFR ) for the thesis “Looking for physics beyond the Standard Model through flavour transitions.”

Dr. Debasish Banerjee (TIFR), for the thesis
"Nonperturbative studies of strongly interacting matter at finite temperature and density".

Dr. Ketan Patel (PRL/Mohanlal Sukhadia University) for the thesis
"Beyond the Standard Model Physics: Grand Unification and otherwise".

2014 Dr. Pratishruti Saha (Univ. of Delhi) for the thesis
Addressing some issues beyond the standard model at Hadron Colliders

Dr. Nikhil Karthick (TIFR Mumbai) for the thesis
Studies on gauge link smearing and their applications to lattice QCD at finite temperature.

Dr. Ritu Aggarwal (Panjab University) for the thesis
Measurement of High x neutral current ep cross sections and extraction of xF3 structure function using Zeus detector at Hera

Dr. Amaresh Jaiswal (TIFR, Mumbai) for the thesis
Formulation of relativistic dissipative fluid dynamics and its applications in heavy-ion collisions


Dr. Bhavna Gomber,  Calcutta University.
Thesis Title: Search of Large Extra Dimensions in g+ET final state in pp collisions with the CMS detector at the LHC.

Dr. Roji Pius, Harishchandra Research Institute, Allahabad.
Thesis Title: Perturbative aspects of String Theory and Gauge/Strong Duality

Dr. Md. Rihan Haque, NISER, Bhubaneshwar.
Thesis Title: Nucleii Production and Azimuthal Anisotropy of charged particles in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC

Dr. Kirtiman  Mohan,  CHEP, IISc, Bangalore
Thesis Title: The Higgs Boson as a probe of physics beyond the standard model in the era of the LHC.


Dr. Apratim Kaviraj,  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Thesis Title: Conformal Bootstrap: Old and New.

Dr. Ipsita Saha, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
Thesis Title: The study of the physics beyond the SM at the LHC in the
light of dark matter searches.

Dr. Rusa Mandal, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai and HBNI.
Thesis Title: Rare B Decays as a probe to beyond standard model physics.

Dr. Taushif Ahmed,  The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai and HBNI.
Thesis Title: QCD Radiative Corrections to Higgs Physics.


Dr. P.K. Resmi (IIT Madras) for the thesis
"Measurement of the CKM angle φ3 from B ± --> D(Ks0π+π-π0)K ± decays and future prospects".

Dr. Manibrata Sen (TIFR ) for the thesis “New aspects of supernova neutrino flavour conversions: In the standard model and beyond.”

Dr. Chandrodoy Chattopadhyay (TIFR), for the thesis
"Entropy production and thermal fluctuations in higher- order dissipative hydrodynamics".

Dr. Rafiqul Rahaman (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata) for the thesis
"Study of anomalous gauge boson self-couplings and the role of spin-1 polarizations".

Dr. Suman Chatterjee (TIFR) for the thesis
"Jets as probes for precision measurements and candles for physics beyond standard model".


 Sunanda Banerjee, Rajeev Bhalerao, Amol Dighe, Debashis Ghoshal, Rohini Godbole, Sourendu Gupta, Neelima Gupte, James Libby, Bedanga Mohanty, Sunil Mukhi, and Seema Sharma