The Marfatia Award has been instituted out of an endowment received from the late Dr. J.C. Marfatia, a past president of the society. The award is given to a paper presented at the annual conference of the society. For the paper to be considered for the award, it shall be necessary for the author to submit six copies of the full paper to the Chairperson, Awards Committee, by a date to be determined by the council of the IPS. For the sake of uniformity of style the paper shall be prepared in accordance with the “Instructions to contributors” published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. Six copies of the abstract of the paper (not more than 200 words) in six separate sheets shall be enclosed with the paper.
To be eligible for the award the paper must fulfill each of the following criteria.
(a) It must be a research paper based on work done in India. It must not have been published in a scientific journal or have been awarded any award of the IPS.
(b)The principal author must be a Life Fellow of the Society and at least 50% of all authors must be members of the IPS at the time of the submission of the paper. 60% marks will be for preparation and compilation of the manuscript and 40% marks will be for the presentation at the conference. A panel of 3 judges shall rate each paper, both for the written version and the presentation. To be eligible for presentation the manuscript must be assessed, to have scored more than 40% of the marks (i.e. 24 out of 60 or more). The best three papers only may be permitted to be presented at the conference due to constraints of time. This rule may be relaxed in unusual situation at the discretion of the Awards Committee with the approval of the Executive Council. The paper securing the highest total marks shall win the Award, provided it scores not less than 50% of the maximum marks. This is subject to adjudication and ratification by the awards committee and confirmation by the executive council of the IPS. In case of a tie the concerned papers will be declared joint winners. All authors of the award winning papers shall be considered to have won the award and will be issued certificates and will be eligible for the awards money. The money shall be handed over to the principal author for disbursement among the co-authors. Rules common to all IPS awards will also be applicable to this award.