As eminent scientist, twenty seven universities have honored him with honorary doctorates, Dr. Mashelkar has won over 50 awards and medals from several bodies for his outstanding contribution to science and technology. He has won the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership award and Star of Asia Award in the hands of George Bush Sr. He also has been awarded Padmabhushan in year 2000 by government of India.
About 80 children from various construction sites in the age group 10 years and above were taken to the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune for this event. Children were thoroughly awestruck by this experience.