Darjeeling: Dr Kriti Ghatani, a native of Darjeeling in West Bengal, has been awarded the National Young Scientist Award 2018. She was given the award during the National Conference on Chemistry for Human Health and Environment organised by Green Chemistry Network Centre (GCNC) and National Environmental Science Academy (NESA) in New Delhi recently.
An alumna of Loreto Convent, Ghatani hails from Rose Bank in Darjeeling. She obtained her B Sc and M Sc in Microbiology from the University of North Bengal and M Phil and Ph D in Microbiology from Sikkim University. Her research interest is in the microbiology of fermented foods of Darjeeling district and Sikkim.
Ghatani is currently working as an assistant professor in the department of microbiology at Raiganj University, Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal. She has also taught in Raniganj Girls College under Kazi Nazrul University, and earlier at the Darjeeling Government College as a part-time lecturer.
Besides National Young Scientist Award 2018, Ghatani is also a recipient of the Young Scientist Award 2016, and was awarded the same at an International Conference at Anand Agriculture University, Gujarat.
A recipient of Bhagwan Buddha National Fellowship National Award 2016 in New Delhi, at the 32nd National Conference, Ghatani has also won the nest poster presentation award in an International Conference on ‘Ethnic Fermented Foods and Beverages: Microbiology and Health Benefits’ held in Gangtok, Sikkim, in 2015. She was also awarded the best oral presentation award in an international conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Sciences and Environmental Technology for Sustainable Global Development’ (AFSET) in October 2012 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Talking to EastMojo, Ghatani said, “I am thankful to my supervisor Dr Buddhiman Tamang and teacher Dr Harekrishna Tiwari (Sikkim University). I am also grateful to Professor Anil Bhuimali, the vice-chancellor of Raiganj University and the registrar, Dr Durlav Sarkar. My parents, Dr Krishnaraj Ghatani and Tilanjali Singh, sister Smriti, friends and the entire family have been a constant support for me, who have stood like a rock and supported me through all my good times and bad.”