Noted scientist Goverdhan Mehta has been honoured with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) award by the French government. French Ambassador to India Dominique Girard will confer the award on Mehta, the former Director of the Indian Institute of Science, at a function in New Delhi Tuesday, a French embassy release said. Mehta has been honoured with the award "in recognition of his talents and major contribution to Indo-French ties", it said.
During his tenure at the IISc, the Indo-French cyber university based on the cutting edge satellite technology was set up between the institute and Toulouse. The Indo-French scientific collaboration reached a new high during his stint at the IISc and several projects in Mehta's area of specialisation -- Organic Synthesis and Solid State Chemistry -- were initiated by the institutes in the two countries.