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About the Award

About the award

Basant Kumar Birla Distinguished Research Scholar Awards for Social Science and Management disciplines was instituted from the year 2019 by the Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Kolkata in honour of the austere genius and visionary leader Late Basant Kumar Birla who built businesses and institutions enriching many lives. The award process will be managed by Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater NOIDA. The awards will be given to outstanding academicians, professors, and research scholars, as judged by their research outputs in the form of papers in research journals during past five calendar years. The awards will be given every year to scholars working in India during the past five years in the areas of social science and management:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Practices
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Business

A three-member jury will be constituted with diverse backgrounds and disciplines to screen the applications and select the awardees. The decision of the jury and the director, BIMTECH will be final and binding.

Selection Procedure

The screening will be multistage. First, all those submissions not aligned to the core areas of the award will be separated. Next, they will be graded as per the points scored depending on the quality and rank of the journals in which research papers got published. From this shortlist, the jury will decide the awardees. The awards will be withheld if less than ten submissions are received or the quality and rigour of the submitted content was judged by the jury as inadequate to qualify as world-class.

The quantity and quality of research outputs during past five calendar years will be considered. The progression to higher level of quality among the research papers across the five years will be evaluated. For quality of journals the jury will follow FT50, Web of Science, SCOPUS, ABS, and ABDC lists.

These awards will acknowledge the highest level of consistent quality and improvement in research outputs. Awards may be withheld if jury members find quality to be lacking.

Minimum eligibility criterion is three publications as first author in FT50, ABDC A* or ABS 4 combined. Or total points of 18 or more from FT 50, journals with Impact factor of 8.0 and above, ABS 4*, ABS 4 and ABDC A* journals during the previous five calendar years of 2017 to 2021.

The evaluation will solely be focused on published research papers preferably in the areas of Industry 4.0, Sustainability, CSR, Ethical Practices, Entrepreneurship, and Family Business. But the applicant may list papers in other areas as well.

Only those research papers will be taken into account which are published in high-quality journals listed/indexed in FT50, Web of Science, SCOPUS, ABS, ABDC, etc. While listing please provide the ISSN numbers of the journals. The review will be based on quality and not quantity.

Conference papers, papers in non-listed/indexed journals, books, book chapters, cases or any other awards are NOT to be listed in the application. In the next stage, shortlisted applicants will be required to submit application in a standard form with evidences of publications.

Papers with the name of the applicant as the first author will fetch full points. If the name of the applicant appears not as the first author, 25% points will be less (see the table of points). Applicants should list all papers published in the aforesaid list of quality journals.

Awardees of a particular year will not be eligible to apply for the next three years. For example, 2019 awardees can only apply in 2023.

Last Date for Nomination

The last date for the receipt of nominations is 31st March 2022