• Prof. Akhtar Mahdi, Chairperson, Centre for Persian & Central Asian Studies, SLL&CS, was invited to Tehran as Chief Guest at the National Seminar on "Saib Tabrizi and his ethical poetry". The Hon'ble Culture Minister of Iran Mr. Syed Mohammad Husaini presented the Plaque of Excellence in recognition of his contribution to Persian Literature.
• Preeti Singh, Ph.D. Research Scholar, Plant Development and Transformation Biology Lab, School of Life Sciences, has been awarded first prize in the Competitive Student Oral Presentation Competition by a three member committee in the International conference "2013 IN vitro Biology Meeting" organized by the Society for In vitro Biology at Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She presented her Ph.D work entitled "Introgression of Novel Aldose Reductase from Xerophyta viscose (ALDRXV4) Confers Multiple Stress Tolerance to Evolutionary Diverse Organisms".
• Sam Raj Nesamony, Ph. D student at the Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, has been awarded the Stowe Fund of Yale and the Foreign Travel Grant of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi in recognition of his paper "London Missionary Society and Scott Christian College: Higher Education and Knowledge Making in Colonial South India, 1893-1956" presented at Yale University in June 2011. He presented another paper entitled, "London Missionary Society and South Travancore Medical Mission, Neyyoor, 1838-1947" in June 2013 at the Yale-Edinburgh Conference on History of Christian Missions and World Christianity, held at Yale University Divinity School, and was awarded full expenditure grant by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.