Bharat Jyoti Award for Amrita Faculty

April 20, 2012
Coimbatore Campus

Dr. P. K. Krishnan Namboori was recently conferred the Bharat Jyoti Award by the India International Friendship Society.

The Society honors Indians who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields. Former recipients include Mother Teresa, Justice M. Fathima Beevi, Justice P. N. Bhagwati and sarod matesro Amjad Ali Khan.


Among the awardees from the academic world have been Vice-Chancellors and professors from top universities such as the IITs. Scientists from top research labs have been honored as well.

Amrita’s Dr. Krishnan was chosen for his notable research contributions; he has performed computational studies to identify potential treatments and drugs for combating Alzheimer’s disease.

The award will be presented to Dr. Krishnan on May 4, 2012 at the International Conference on Economic Growth and National Integration in New Delhi.


Currently serving as Assistant Professor in the Computational Chemistry Group of the Center for Computational Engineering and Networking at Amrita’s Coimbatore campus, Dr. Krishnan has also co-authored a book titled Computational Chemistry and Molecular Modeling Principles and Applications. The book was published by Springer International.

His research team at Amrita focuses on computational approaches for designing molecules that interact in specific ways with other molecules of drugs. Having completed over 80 projects, the team is now also working on projects that will be useful for patients suffering from cancer.

Dr. Krishnan’s research interests include computational chemistry, molecular modeling, understanding molecular simulation, drug design and delivery systems, bio nanotechnology and bio software engineering.

Amrita students and faculty came together to congratulate the professor for the honor received.

“I had the chance to work with Dr. Krishnan on many research projects,” Rohit V., final-year student of MTech. “He has been most helpful. Currently I am working on a new method to solve the Schrodinger equation under his guidance – the project is titled Multi Resolution Quantum Chemistry Using Wavelet Bases.”

“We are very proud of Dr. Krishnan,” remarked Dr. Soman, Professor and Head, Center of Computational Engineering and Networking. “Dr. Krishnan has been with us since 2004; this award encourages all to explore and contribute more towards the research for the benefit of society.”

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