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 award must have been defended successfully between August 1, 2019 and August 14, 2020. Nominations must be received by August 31, 2020 at 11 PM IST to qualify for consideration of the 2021 award.

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