Memorial Oration

Since inception of KVRSS in the year 2001, each year during the annual awards science function an oration is delivered by an eminent Scientist at Director / Vice-chancellor level.

At KVRSS we sincerely feel an exposure of this kind and an interaction with such eminent scientists would motivate the students to take up science as a career in India.

These orations have become extremely popular as the orators take up complex scientific issues and explain in simple language to school children and general audience.

List of Awardees


We are fortunate to have many distinguished scientists to deliver the orations in these 20 years.

The orators who delivered the memorial oration are:

Year 2019 – 20

Prof. M. Lakshmi Kantam, Dr. B. D. Godrej Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai and former Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Design and Development of Catalysts for Green, and Economical Processes & Technologies for Chemical Industry”.

Year 2018 – 19

Dr. B. N. Suresh, Chancellor, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

Oration Topic: “Role of Science and Technology for Betterment of Society”

Year 2017 – 18

Dr. Anurag Kumar, Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Oration Topic: “The Internet of Things: Technology and Prospects”

Year 2016 - 17

Dr. D. K. Aswal, Director, CSIR - National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi.

Oration Topic: “Noise Pollution”

Year 2015 - 16

Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Director, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, (CSIR), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

Oration Topic: “Science and Technology: Empowering People and Nation”

Year 2014 – 15

Dr. Sourav Pal, Director, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Maharashtra.

Oration Topic: “Cross-disciplinary approach to Science”

Year 2013 – 14

Prof. Uday B. Desai, Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Innovations in Science & Technology”

Year 2012 - 13

Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Chaos & Uncertainty”

Year 2011 - 12

Dr. E. Bhagiratha Rao, DSc, n.dc. a Fellow of the AP Academy of Science and former Director Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Satellite Launch Vehicles and Space Station”

Year 2010 - 11

Dr. J. S. YADAV, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: "Chemistry in the Service of Mankind"

Year 2009 - 10

Prof. Mustansir Barma, Director, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.

Oration Topic: "Random Walk in Science"

Year 2008 - 09

Dr. Lalji Singh, Director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: "Mystery of Our Origins"

Year 2007 - 08

Prof. P. Rama Rao, Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

Oration Topic: “Promoting Science & Technology in India – Evolution of Institutions and Mechanism"

Year 2006 - 07

Dr. B. Sesikeran, Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Life Style and Disease”

Year 2005 - 06

Dr. Indiranath, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to Cabinet, Director, Blue Peter Research Centre, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Pursuit of Science - From Laboratory to Society”

Year 2004 - 05

Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, Distinguished Chair of Eye Health, L.V. Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Health Research to Health Care”

Year 2003 - 04

Dr. K. P. C. Gandhi , Director, Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratory, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Role of Science in Upholding Truth and Justice”

Year 2002 - 03

Dr. K. V. Raghavan, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “Modern Scientific Endeavours - New Socioeconomic Benchmarks”

Year 2001 - 02

Dr. Seyed E. Hasnain, Director, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “GM Foods – Promises and Perils”

Year 2000 - 01

Prof. K. Subba Rao, Head of Biochemistry Department, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.

Oration Topic: “The Chemistry and Molecular Biology of Aging”