The Indian Sociological Society has announced its Lifetime Achievement Awards for 2016 to Patricia Uberoi and Yogesh Atal, according to the society’s website.
The award, instituted in 2005, has honored several eminent sociologists who have made “profound and exceptional contributions in the field of sociology” working in many universities and institutions in the country. This year’s awardees are both well-known for their seminal work in several fields.
Uberoi, an Australian by birth, has lived and worked in India for over 50 years. She has held teaching and research posts at the Australian National University, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and in the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She retired in 2007 as professor of social change and development, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She is currently engaged in research on family, kinship, marriage, gender and sexuality, and on aspects of popular culture and social policy in reference to both India and China.Atal retired from the UNESCO after a distinguished career of 23 years. He is currently professor emeritus at the MP Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain, and member of the governing board of the National Institute of Health and Family Planning, New Delhi. In a career spanning over half a decade he has been at the forefront of initiatives to provide an impetus to the growth of sociology in India.
The awards will be conferred on December 27 during the Inauguration Ceremony at the All India Sociology Conference in Tezpur, Assam.
The society instituted the Life Time Achievement Award in 2005 to honor outstanding Indian sociologists who have made profound and exceptional contributions in the field of sociology and to inspire and encourage other members of the profession to emulate the awardees and consider them as role models. Names of past honorees can be found HERE.