New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Saturday conferred the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award 2011 on noted scientist and educator Prof Yash Pal. Pal was honoured for excellence in public administration, academics and management at a brief function in the ornate Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

The 85-year-old scientist conceptualised and set up a number of Inter-University institutions and has been involved in science communication activities through the media.

"In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of astrophysics, space technology, and education and most importantly for popularising science, the 12th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and Management for 2011 is being conferred on Prof Yash Pal," read the citation.

The honour carries a cash award of Rs five lakh, a citation and a plaque.

The Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management has instituted the award in memory of the second Prime Minister of the country. It is presented every year by the President at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

C K Prahlad, N R Narayana Murthy, R A Mashelkar, M S Swaminathan, E Sreedharan, Sunil Bharti Mittal and Aruna Roy are among the earlier awardees.