Year : 2019 | Volume
: 23 | Issue : 2 | Page : 92-
Awards and rewards: Igniting talents in scientific, academic and clinical frontiers
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontics and Implantology, VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Digdoh Hills, Hingna Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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With the changing times we as a speciality society are also changing and growing in numbers. The society has now blossomed into a young vibrant society where a lot of members are taking interest in the working of the society and participating in the activities of it. This of course has led to an increase in the overall expectations of the members which need to be addressed appropriately by all of us. It is a universal truth that we all struggle and put in efforts to reach a certain stature in our lives, be it in the academic front or the clinical practices. If we go on to see the scenario around us many of us would agree that appreciation of individual efforts by way of award presentations is being done by many an organisation. Some of these do take into account quality work of an individual and have authenticity while some of them are more commercially oriented.
I firmly believe that appreciation at the right time in one's career gives the much-desired boost to the concerned individual in excelling or trying to excel in certain areas. We as a society have deliberated on this issue a couple of times but have failed to arrive at a definite conclusion and decisions. Of course, the concern of having additional recognition awards is swayed by the possibility of the awards losing the sheen and some of them being manipulated. But this cannot be the reason to deprive our members from the appreciation especially at a younger age and that too in the scientific arena. As a society we need to move ahead and constitute awards for the Associate members in the poster category, as currently there is only a single prize for the posters. We can introduce the awards in the same category as are present for the scientific paper presentations. Also, we need to have the awards for the young Life members of the society in the free paper category so that they do get motivated in improvising in their work. At least this will create a much-desired window of opportunity to the Life members who apart from attending the Keynote lectures do not have any opportunity to present their scientific work. This will supposedly increase the interest of the Life members in our speciality conferences thereby boosting the morale of the organisers.
We as a society have in the recent past appreciated the work of some of our founder members by presenting the “Life Time Achievement Award”, but again this was not continued ahead due some reasons. I wish we could again start with this activity and identify a minimum of one person who has contributed immensely for our society. There may be contradictory views from many of us in terms of contributions or for that matter yardsticks of it. But we can decide about the suitable criteria so as to reduce the subjectivity of it. Will it not be a failure on our part if we cannot identify a single person per year or in two years from over 5000 Life members who has contributed significantly for the betterment of the society or the speciality?
I certainly hope that we would collectively take some really positive decisions in the current year so as to benefit our members in particular and society in general.