About the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award

The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2011 by ACM India with approval from the ACM Awards Committee. This award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in Computer Science and Engineering from a degree-awarding institution based in India for each academic year. The ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a prize of ₹2,00,000. An honorable mention award, if any, is accompanied by a prize of ₹1,00,000. The dissertation(s) will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) is the founding sponsor of the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award. Please see the ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award page for additional information on current and past winners and to nominate.

Each PhD granting institution based in India can normally nominate 1 student for the award. Institutions that produce more than 10 dissertations in relevant areas per year can nominate 2 students. Each dissertation nominated for the 2021-2022 award must have been defended successfully between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. The nomination deadline for the 2021-2022 award has passed.

Dissertations defended between August 1, 2020 and August 14, 2020 and already nominated for the 2021 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award are not eligible for re-nomination in the current cycle. However, dissertations defended between August 1, 2020 and August 14, 2020 that were not nominated for the 2021 award are eligible for nomination subject to the per-institution cap.

DDA Selection Committee:

  • Somesh Jha (Chair), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Shipra Agrawal, Columbia University
  • Raman Arora, Johns Hopkins University
  • Pranjal Awasthi, Rutgers University
  • Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Abhishek Chandra, University of Minnesota
  • Kamalika Chaudhuri, University of California, San Diego
  • Mohit Gupta, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dakshita Khurana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Madhusudan Parthasarathy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Nirupam Roy, University of Maryland

ACM India 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Shikhar Vashishth of Indian Institute of Science has received the ACM India Council's 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award for "Neural Graph Embedding Methods for Natural Language Processing." Honorable Mention went to Roohani Sharma of Institute of Mathematical Sciences, for "Advancing the Algorithmic Tool-kit for Parameterized Cut Problems."

2021 ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award recipient Shikhar Vashishth and Honorable Mention recipient Roohani Sharma