PLA has recently instituted the PLA - Satija National Award for Professional Excellence.The main aim of the is to recognize and honour an LIS professional every year who has made significant contribution to the LIS profession through his/her professional work.

Eligibility Criteria for Award

1. The nominee/applicant should be an active LI professional or LIS teacher.

2. Nominations can be made by any LIS professional.

3. Nominations/applications without complete details and supporting documents/information will not be considered.

4. The Office-bearers and Members of the Executive Committee of the PLA are not eligible.

Prof. Mohinder Partap Satija

Prof. Mohinder Partap Satija is currently a Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science in the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, is in the library profession for the last three decades. As an author of more than a dozen books, about 150 papers and 200 bookreviews and many conference papers published in India and abroad, he has collaborated with international experts namely, Dr. John Comaromi, Editor DDC (1979-1991), Ms Joan S. Mitchell, current editor DDC, Dr Ray Prytherch, Editor, Harrod's Glossary and Dr. S. P. Aggarwal, former Director, National Social Science Documentation Centre, New Delhi. Some of the journals he has been published are Libri, International Classification, Knowledge Organisation,Third World Libraries (USA), Information Management Report (UK), Cataloging and Classification Quarterly (USA), Asian Libraries (Thailand), Emerald journals (UK), Herald of Library Science, Journal of Information Management and Scientometrics. His works have been translated into Hindi, Spanish, German and French. His major contribution lies in enriching library science literature. Many bibliometric studies have found him a prolific author. Having done his Ph. D. on Ranganathan studies, he has been instrumental in interpreting and propagating Ranganathan's works and ideas to the new generation. He has written extensively on Classification, Book Numbers, Ranganathan Studies and Indian Library Literature. Abroad he is known for his expertise on Colon Classification and Indian state of the art on classification. He has visited Germany, France, Finland, England, Nepal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sri Lanka in connection with professional work. He is associated with many library journals such as Information Management Report (Bowker-Saur, UK), Library Times International (USA), The Lucknow Librarian (India), Library Progress (India), Ranganathan Research Bulletin (India) and Knowledge Organisation (USA/Germany). He is the Indian Coordinator of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) (USA), and member UDC Consortium. Dr. Satija is a life member of many library and information science associations. As is an advisor to the Harrod's Librarians Glossary (Gower, UK) he made considerable input to revise entries relating to classification. He is member advisory board of the International Yearbook of Library and Information Management (Library Association Publishing, London) and Indian Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (S. Chand Co., New Delhi). As a trustee of Professor Kaula Endowment for Library Science, he has actively contributed for its development. In December 2007 he was awarded the ILA-PSG Kumar Life Time Achievement Award.

Awards Received


Professor K. Navlani, Retired Professor Department of Library and Information Science, Punjabi University, Patiala.


Professor Jaideep Sharma, Department of Library and Information Science, IGNOU, Delhi.