Nominations are Invited for the ASI awards 2021

The deadline for receiving the nominations for ASI 2021 awards has been extended upto 31st December 2021.

ASI is pleased to invite nominations for the following awards for the year 2021. The last date for the receipt of nominations is the 31st of December, 2021.

You will notice some changes in norms for these awards. These are based on the recommendations of a committee set up by the ASI in response to the discussion in the 39th General Body Meeting held online during the ASI 2021. The webpages for these awards have been updated as well.

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The ASI Justice Oak Award for Outstanding Thesis in Astronomy for the year 2021

1. About the award
The society gives Justice V. G. Oak Award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Astronomy submitted to an Indian institution. The objective of the award is to encourage excellence amongst research students in India.

2. Nomination criteria
The thesis should have been formally defended in the period from 01-August-2019 to 31-July-2021 (both days included) for the award in 2022. The candidate should have successfully defended the thesis and all formalities for award of degree must be completed at the time of nomination.

Please note that the norms for this award are being updated from specifying a range for the date of submission of the thesis to the date of thesis defense. The earlier norms required the thesis to have been submitted during the award period, and defense to be completed prior to the last date for submission of nomination. This criterion put at a disadvantage those who had submitted the thesis during the nomination period, but had not defended their thesis prior to the deadline for submission of nomination.

The award period is revised to match the nominal definition of the academic year (Aug-Jul), rather than the calendar year in order to make it practical to go through the nomination and selection process in time for the annual ASI meeting which is typically held in February/March.

Keeping in mind there would be eligible candidates who may be affected by the changes in the award period and nomination criteria, this year the nominations are being invited for the period from 01-August-2019 to 31-July-2021. The candidates who had been nominated previously are not eligible for re-nomination.

Next year onwards, the period of the award will correspond to the duration of one year from 01-August to 31-July.

3. Application
All nominations for the award must be received by the ASI, by the deadline indicated on the website of the ASI. The nominations should be sent as a single pdf document to the Secretary, ASI at astron.soc.india@gmail.com. Nominations can be made by the heads of the institutions and other eminent members of the ASI.

Nominations must include the following material:
1.Name
2.Affiliation
3.Address for correspondence
4.Date of birth
5.Academic qualifications
6.Summary of the scientific work constituting the thesis
7.A statement regarding why the nominator considers the thesis outstanding
8.List of publications
9.Reprints relevant to the recommendation
10.Citations of relevance
11.Curriculum vitae of the candidate
12.A signed letter by the nominator
13.Name and designation of the proposer along with the address for correspondence

4. Selection Process
A panel of five judges duly appointed by the executive council of the society in consultation with the scientific organising committee of that meeting, shall select the outstanding thesis. The panel of judges will communicate the result of its deliberations to the ASI council.

5. Announcement of the Award
The Justice V. G. Oak Award for outstanding Ph.D. thesis will be given at the ASI meeting and will be asked to make a short presentation of their thesis work.

The last date for receipt of nominations is 31st December 2021. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the Secretary of the society at astron.soc.india@gmail.com

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Nominations are invited for the "Laxminarayana and Nagalaxmi Modali Award" for the year 2021

1. Description of the Award
The Laxminarayana & Nagalaxmi Modali Award for Astronomy and Astrophysics is awarded annually by The Astronomical Society of India. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty thousand only).

2. Nomination Criteria
The award is given for notable and outstanding research contributions made by a scientist primarily in India during the 10 years preceding the year of the award in the area of astronomy and astrophysics. The nominee must be an Indian citizen and must have carried out the work in an Indian institute and be not more than 45 years of age at the time of nomination.

3. Application
All nominations for the award must be received, annually, by the ASI, by the deadline indicated on the website of the ASI. The nominations should be sent as a single pdf document to the Secretary, ASI at astron.soc.india@gmail.com. Nominations can be made by the heads of the institutions and other eminent members of the ASI.

Nominations must include the following material:
1. Name
2. Affiliation
3. Address for correspondence
4. Date of birth
5. Academic qualifications
6. List of publications
7. 5 most important reprints relevant to the recommendation
8. A statement clearly outlining the merits of the work of the nominee
9. A short biography and CV of the nominee
10. A short citation which could be used in case the nominee is selected for the award
11. Name and designation of the proposer along with the address for correspondence
12. Any other information pertaining to the scientific excellence of the nominee

4. Selection Process
A five member Award Selection Committee (ASC) is constituted by the ASI ensuring technical and gender representation. Each member of the ASC receives all nominations along with the supporting material. The ASC will communicate the result of its deliberations to the ASI council within three month following the submission deadline.

5.Announcement of the Award
The successful nominee should be informed of the decision of the ASI council and be asked to receive the award and deliver a lecture during the following ASI meeting.

The last date for receipt of nominations is 31st December 2021. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the Secretary of the society at astron.soc.india@gmail.com

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Nominations are invited for the "ASI Zubin Kembhavi Award for 2021"

The annual ASI Zubin Kembhavi award is given alternately for work done in the fields of "Observational and Instrumentation work in Astronomy and allied fields" and "Public Outreach and Education in Astronomy and allied fields". For the year 2021 the ASI Zubin Kembhavi award will be given for work done in "Observational and Instrumentation work in Astronomy and allied fields". The recipient of the award, or a representative when the award is made to a group, will be invited to deliver a special lecture at the annual meeting of the Society.

1. About the Award
The Astronomical Society of India (ASI) has instituted the Zubin Kembhavi award funded by Ajit and Asha Kembhavi. The object is to promote (1) Observational and Instrumentation work in Astronomy and allied fields, and (2) Public Outreach and Education in Astronomy and allied fields.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1,00,000/- (Rupees one lakh) awarded annually for notable and important contributions to the areas it addresses. In alternate years the award will be directed to work done in areas (1) and (2) mentioned above.
2. Nomination Criteria
The nominees will be individuals or groups who have made significant and outstanding contributions in the area of (1) Observational and Instrumentation work in Astronomy and allied fields (2) Public Outreach and Education in Astronomy and allied fields. Nominations once made will remain valid for two cycles of the award. There will be no age limit. The award will be given to individuals or groups on the basis of the work done primarily in India.

3. Application
All nominations for the award must be received, annually, by the ASI, by the deadline indicated on the website of the ASI. The nominations should be sent by the prescribed last date as a single pdf document to the Secretary, ASI at astron.soc.india@gmail.com. Nominations can be made by the heads of the institutions and other eminent members of the ASI. The nomination may be made in the following format:
1. Name of the individual or group
2. Affiliation
3. Address, email id and cell phone number of the nominee or representative of the group
4. Academic qualifications of individual nominee or nature of the group
5. Major work on which the nomination is based
6. List of publications and/or reports
7. Best five reprints and /or reports relevant to the recommendation
8. Citations of relevance
9. Any other information pertaining to the suitability of the nominee or group for the award
10. Name and designation of the proposer along with the address for correspondence, email id and phone number
11. Covering letter with signature of the proposer with date

4. Selection Process
A five member Award Selection Committee (ASC) is constituted by the ASI ensuring technical and gender representation. Two members of the selection committee will be nominated by the donors. Each member of the ASC receives all nominations along with the supporting material. The ASC will communicate the result of its deliberations to the ASI council within three month following the submission deadline.

5. Announcement of the Award
The successful nominee will be informed of the decision of the ASI council. The recipient of the award, or a representative when the award is made to a group, will be invited to deliver a special lecture at the annual meeting of the Society.

The last date for receipt of nominations is 31st December 2021. Nominations should be sent in electronic format to the Secretary of the society at astron.soc.india@gmail.com

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