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    Dev Raj Sikka Award For Monsoon Meteorology

    Dev Raj Sikka Best Paper Award For Monsoon Meteorology

    About the Award

    The ‘Dev Raj Sikka Best Paper Award’ is a prize for the most significant publication in the foundations of Monsoon and it’s forecasting-climatological or experimental-during one calendar year. The aim of the award is to raise awareness for the field of Monsoon forecasting, and to draw attention to new and interesting achievements in this area. Candidate’s publications can be either published recently (year 2015 and 2016) or a fresh unpublished paper. Other than that, papers from all areas in the foundations of Monsoon, and by authors of any background, will be eligible to receive the award. This award is for INDIAN NATIONAL ONLY.

    The Name-Giver: Dev Raj Sikka

    The award is named after Dev Raj Sikka (former Director, Indian Institute of Meteorology), one of the trailblazers of Monsoon research. Dev Raj Sikka has the unique gift to contribute to the fundamental debate while drawing attention to critical aspects that had till then remained unnoticed. His knowledge and experience of last six decades are considered brilliant. An empathic and deeply sensitive person, he has continuously attended all the meetings, workshops, seminars, reviews, monitoring committees, and advisory boards. In his life, he lived all the time for weather and Monsoon research. He never retired from the limits of his scientific capability. Till today, at 84 years old, he reads all the scientific papers and publishes with students / scientists across many organisations.

    Award Rules

    • The ‘Dev Raj Sikka Best Paper Award for Monsoon Meteorology’ (hereafter “Sikka Award”) is conferred annually, for the most significant publication in the foundations of Monsoon Meteorology published in the previous two calendar years, starting with the award for 2017. Both climatological and experimental publications are eligible.
    • While the Sikka Award is managed by Skymet Weather Services Pvt. Ltd., Noida, the selection of awardee publications will be carried out by a five-member selection committee according to good practice. Recognized national and international scientists from the area of Monsoon Meteorology will be invited to serve on the committee. The maximum term of service will be 2 years (2 award cycles), with 2-3 committee members to be exchanged every year. Two members will be chosen from Skymet.
    • Committee members and Skymet employees will be ineligible to receive the award during their period of service. Committee members will be recused from the discussion in cases where they cannot act objectively, as may arise, for instance, if a nominee is a close relative, regular co-author or close colleague of the committee member. The decision of what counts as close collaboration rests with the committee.
    • Researchers working on fundamental issues in Monsoon Meteorology from all fields and levels will be eligible to nominate a “best paper” for the Sikka Award. The candidate's age should be less than 35 years. In exceptional cases, more than one publication may be chosen by the selection committee to receive the award. No justification shall be expected from the selection committee for their decisions.
    • The prize money amounts to Rs. 5,00,000/- (Rupees Five lacs). In the case of multi-author publications, the monetary award will be divided equally between the co-authors. If more than one publication is selected to receive the prize, the full amount shall be awarded for each publication. In those cases where more than one publication is selected to receive the prize, each publication will receive the full amount of Rs. 5,00,000/- (Rupees Five lacs). Each author will also receive an award certificate.
    • The author (in case of single-author publications) or the representative author (in case of multi-author publications) will be asked to deliver a public award lecture on 23rd March 2017, with all reasonable travel and accommodation costs covered by the Dev Raj Sikka Award funds.
    • Skymet has all the rights to cancel or postpone this award.

    The 2017 selection committee:

    • Dev Raj Sikka
    • Dr. M. M. Ali
    • Dr. Makrand Kulkarni
    • Dr. Akhilesh Mishra (FSU-COAPS)
    • To be decided (International)


    Full paper needs to be sent on or before 31st January 2017 Results of Best paper will be announced on or before 01st March 2017


    Q:What is the length of the paper?

    A:There is no limit of pages or length.

    Q:Can only published paper compete?

    A:Papers published in last two years (2015 and 2016), papers under review and fresh papers can be part of award.

    Q:Can an author submit multiple papers?

    A:Certainly not. One author can submit only one paper.

    Q:Any age limit for the award?

    A:Yes. First author should be below 35 years old.

    Q:Does author publish the same results in reviewed journal after this award?


    Q:Can I submit an abstract only?

    A:No. Full paper needs to be submitted on or before the deadline.


    Please email your entries with your full name, affiliation details, mobile number and address at

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