1. About the award

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Astronomy and Astrophysics has been instituted by ASI and is awarded to senior scientists of eminence once in two years for notable and important contributions to the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the country.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1,50,000/- (Rupees One Lakh and fifty thousand) and a citation. Support for the recipient's travel (within India) to the venue of the meeting and full local hospitality during the period of the meeting will be provided by the Society.

2. Nomination Criteria

The nominees will be scientists who contributed significantly to the growth of astronomy and astrophysics in India. The contributions may be in the form of  basic research, teaching and training of human resources, establishment of observational facilities and development of astronomical instruments, development of sophisticated softwares, data science and book writing. The  nominee must have an Indian affiliation for the bulk of the work done and be 60 years of age or above.  The award will not be given posthumously unless the passing away occurs after the process has begun.

3. Application

All nominations for the award  must  be received by the ASI, by the deadline as indicated on the website of the ASI. Nominations must be submitted via the online interface on the ASI website. Nominations can be made by the Heads of Institutions and other eminent scientists.

For the award year 2022, the nominations for the award must be received by 07 Dec 2022 (Extended!). The nominee must be 60 years of age or above as on 31 Dec 2022.

Nominations must include the following material:

  1. Name of Nominee
  2. Details of Nominee
    1. Affiliation
    2. Address
    3. email id
    4. Mobile phone number
    5. Date of Birth
  3. Nomination letter with signature and date
  4. A statement clearly outlining the merits of the work of the nominee
  5. A short biography and CV of the nominee, including a full list of publications
  6. A list of the 10 most  important  publications
  7. Links of 5 most important publications
  8. A short summary not exceeding 300 words highlighting the most important contributions of the nominee
  9. Details of Proposer
    1. Name
    2. Designation and Affiliation (If retired, then details at the time of retirement)
    3. Address for correspondence
    4. Email id
    5. Phone number

Online form for application

4. Selection Process

A five member Award Selection Committee (ASC)  will be constituted by the ASI ensuring technical and gender representation. Each member of  the ASC will receive 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 and be asked to receive the award  during the following ASI meeting.