These awards have been instituted out of an endowment received from the Poona Psychiatrists Association for the best published article based on original work in the field of psychiatry and constituting of the most outstanding contribution of the year by a member on any aspect of psychiatry. PPA-I is for the best paper published by any Life Fellow of the IPS.
PPA-II is for the best paper published as a first author by a member of the IPS who must not have completed 40 years of age at the time of publication of the paper. For a paper to be considered for the award, it shall be necessary for the author to submit six reprints of the papers to the Chairperson, Awards Committee by a date determined by the council of the IPS. The first author shall also intimate to the Chairperson, Awards Committee his membership status in the society. For the PPA-II the principal author must enclose with his paper the certificate of his age as recorded in the school leaving certificate or equivalent records.
To be eligible for the award, the paper, in addition to clause I above, must fulfill each of the
(a) It must be a research paper based on work done in India.
(b) The principal author and at least 50% of all authors must be members of the IPS at the time of publication of the paper, but, for PPA I award the Principal author must be a Life Fellow of IPS. A panel of judges shall rate the papers. The papers securing the highest total marks (out of 100) shall win the award, subject to ratification by the award committee and the executive council of the society. In case of a tie, the concerned papers shall be declared the joint winners. To win an award not less than 50% of the full marks must be obtained by a paper. The manuscripts will be assessed as per guidelines laid down under the following headings:
(a) Topic, title, its relevance and methodology 20 marks
(b) Survey of literature, references, bibliography 20 marks
(c) Presentation of results and discussion 20 marks
(d) Conclusions and how far they are substantiated by the study 20 marks
(e) Clarity, lucidity, precision of language and overall elegance of the paper 20 marks
All the authors of the award winning paper, shall be considered to have won the award and shall be issued the certificate and awarded the award money. The money will be handed over to the principal author(s) for distribution among the co-authors. All papers received for the awards, fulfilling the above, mentioned criteria will be eligible for competing for that year’s awards. None of the authors or co-authors shall be eligible to judge either of the two PPA awards. All papers published in a professional journal or book during the preceding two years shall be eligible to contest for the awards. The year will be calculated as July of one year to June of the following year. To compete for the award of 1988, the paper must have been published at any time between July 1985 and June 1987. No more than two papers where a particular member appears as an author or co-author may be submitted for either award in a year.