Honours & Awards

About Swami Pranavananda Saraswati National Awards

The University Grants Commission with the help of an endowment of Rs. 5.00 Lacs made by Swami Pranavananda Saraswati, Director, Yoga Societies in America, has instituted the following awards being awarded every year from 1985 onwards for outstanding scholarly/scientific work which has made important contributions to human knowledge and has thrown light on the problems in a new manner. The award carries a value of Rs. 50,000/- each now, including UGC's share of Rs. 40,000/-. These awards are given in the following fields:

  1. UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Education

  2. UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Economics

  3. UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Environmental Science and Ecology

  4. UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Political Science

  5. UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Sociology

Nominations for these awards are invited from the universities, institutions of national importance, etc. The nominations received are scrutinised by a committee of experts in the specified areas. The shortlisted scholars are requested to supply the requisite documents in support of their work. The Committee may also suggest other names of outstanding scholars/ scientists, who could be considered for the awards by another committee of experts. The recommendations of Committees are finalised by the Commission.

The members of the Selection Committees and the members of the University Grants Commission are not eligible for the nominations under the scheme.

General Guidelines Governing the Awards

  1. Indian nationals working in the University system or those who have been associated with the universities or institutions recognised for research /advanced study, are eligible for the award.

  2. The awards are given in five areas. Viz. (i) Economic,(ii) Environmental Science and Ecology, (iii) Education, (iv) Sociology and (v) Political Science.

  3. The contribution by Indian scholars only whether by an individual or by a team of 2 to 3 persons would be eligible for these awards once in life time. Institutions or organizations would not be covered under the scheme.

  4. The prize will be awarded to an individual or a team, for outstanding scholarly/scientific work which has made important contribution to human knowledge in the areas covered under the scheme and which has thrown light on the problems in a new manner.

  5. While deciding the award, attention will be focused on contributions made during the last five to seven years' period.

  6. Publication will include books, monographs, papers and innovative materials which have contributed to the discipline.

  7. The work should have been largely carried out in India.

  8. There is no age limit for the awards. The nomination is to be made for one of these awards only.