SKY Oration

Alumni trained under Dr. Yachha wanted to honors sir for his lifetime investment in the growth of pediatric gastroenterology a vision shared by Pediatric Gastroenternology fraternity.

This oration is a joint  contribution by the student and their teacher Dr. Yachha.

Objective: To further encourage young generation clinician-researchers of excellence < 55 years.



2023: Dr Lalit Bharadia


Fellow of ISPGHAN is the highest membership of our society and is presented to a person in recognition of his/her outstanding contribution to the cause of development of Paediatric Gastroenterology in India. There is one award every year.

  • Elected fellows will comprise those among the Life/ affiliate foreign members, or persons of international eminence in the field of Pediatric gastroenterology, who are chosen by a committee comprising the President, Secretory and 3 members elected for a two year term during the general body meeting.
  • Selection of fellows shall be in recognition of their contribution to the cause of Pediatric Gastroenterology in India or abroad.
  • The fellows will be accorded a separate membership number and shall use the title FISPG.
  • One fellow may be selected for every 150 members in the society, until the membership of the society reaches 750, after which the general body shall alter this ratio as deemed fit.
  • The award will be given in annual conference of ISPGHAN.

2019: Dr. S. K. Yaccha

2020: Dr. B. R. Thapa

2022: Dr. Jhon Matthai


2023: Dr. SK  Mittal

2023: Dr. VS  Sankarnarayanan


Applications are invited every year for “MEHTA, MITTAL, SHANKARNARAYANAN ORATION” as Annual Award of Indian Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ISPGHAN) before the annual conference.

Criteria for application:

  • Application is invited every year before annual conference.
  • The applicant should be the member of ISGPHAN and resident of India.
  • The applicant should be practising Pediatric Gastroenterology/ Hepatology.
  • Mention ISPGHAN membership number on the top of the application (mandatory).
  • Applicant should attach details of Achievements and full CV with special emphasis on points given under “E” below.
  • Last date of submission is informed by e mail to every member before the annual conference.
  • Applications should be submitted to secretory on email id :

Selection Process :

  • The applications will be assessed and scored by committee on the following criteria: Awards/Oration, Publications in the related field, Setting up of training programs with academic outcome, Abstracts in various conferences, Outreach contribution (e.g.: lectures, workshop etc.), organization of society/speciality meetings.
  • Selected awardee shall have to deliver an oration of 25 minutes in the annual conference.
  • They will receive the certificate and plaque during annual conference.

(The above format is as per the approved Governing Body decision of ISPGHAN.)


Dr. Anupam sibal

YEAR 2015

Dr. S K Yachha

YEAR 2016

Dr. Neelam Mohan

YEAR 2017

Dr. Seema Alam

YEAR 2018

Dr. John Matthai

YEAR 2019

Dr Malathi Sathiyasekaran

YEAR 2022

Dr. Anshu Srivastava

YEAR 2023

Sankaranarayanan, Raju, Sathiyasekaran (SRS)Raising Star Award

Objective of the Award:

As a gesture of appreciation and encouragement to trainees who publish paper and their mentors who help them we are proposing SRS Rising star award, for the BEST PUBLISHED PAPER AWARD in gastroenterology and hepatology.


Name of Award : Sankaranarayanan, Raju, Sathiyasekaran ( SRS) Rising Star Award
This award is in the name of Dr V.S. Sankaranarayanan, Dr Bhaskar Raju and Dr Malathy Sathiyasekaran to encourage young doctors to write and publish paper and their mentors who support them.

Prize : Cash price of Rs 10,000 Rs + Rising star plaque( around 3k) to the mentee ( presenter) and Rising star plaque to the Mentor (no cash prize). Two such prices, one for hepatology and one for gastroenterology ( paper related to pancreas would come under hepatology and papers related to nutrition would come under gastroenterology)

Rules and Regulations:

  • Open only for ISPGHAN members.
  • Individuals should send copies of papers published inclusive of the previous 2 years eg : for 2020 award the papers will be those published 2018 ,2019 and 2020 .A maximum of 3 papers may be sent by an individual .
  • Wherever possible each paper will have a mentee and a mentor, and the mentee would be the presenting author. Usually the mentee has to be the first author and Mentor be the senior author. If senior author is first author, then the trainee/ mentee ( should be an author in the paper)who has done the study would be the presenting author. It is mandatory for the mentee to do prestation and due to unavoidable reason if mentor could not attend the meeting in person, he/she can request his/her colleagues to represent him.
  • Three Senior gastroenterologists not necessarily members of ISPGHAN with experience in academics and research will be requested to assess and mark the submitted paper. They will be blinded regarding details of authors and institutions.
  • Case reports and letter to editors cannot be submitted.
  • standardized marking will be done. 50% of marks would be objective and applicant can fill it and 50% is subjective where independent accessor looks at it. Marked against a total of 100. Look below for the marking sheet.
  • The average from three independent accessors would be taken as mark and the top ranking Gastro and Hepatology paper would be presented in the conference.
  • The selected best papers will be presented during the Annual conference. The mentee will present for seven minutes on how the paper was done and the outcome. The mentor will sum it up in 3 minutes on how this paper has changed current practice

Marking Sheet

Objective marks

Score Total mark
1 Centre Single centre study 5 10
Multicentre study 10
2 Hospital Teaching institute (if they run Ped DM Courses) 5 10
Other hospitals 10
3 Type of study Meta-analysis/ RCT 20 20
Case studies (prospective) 15
Case studies (retrospective) 10
Review articles 5
5 Add Journal impact factor Whatever it is ( Max 10) 10

Subjective marks

Score Total mark
1 Study design Background problem 5 20
Novelty of idea 5
Sensible statistics 10
2 Utility in clinical practice Total game changer 20 20
Definite impact on change in practice 15
Will have some impact 10
No impacted 5
3 Discretionary mark by assessor- Based on overall impression 10 10
Total 100


  • C P Mittal Award is a prestigious award instituted by ISPGHAN for young researchers (DM / PDCC / MD / DNB / Fellows in the speciality of Pediatrics / Pediatric Gastroenterology / Pediatric Hepatology) upto 35 years of age who present their scientific work as oral presentation in the Annual conference each year.
  • The presenter should be a member/ have already applied for membership of ISPGHAN at the time of submission of the paper.
  • The papers will be reviewed by an independent committee for their merit. Four top papers will be selected for oral presentation at a Zoom meeting prior to the conference.
  • The first author of the award winning paper will receive a cash prize and certificate .
  • The electronic versions of the following materials are required as part of the application:
    1. Full manuscript of the paper (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references with tables and/or figures) should be submitted in accordance with the “Indian Pediatrics guidelines to authors” for an original article.
    2. CV of the Applicant with ISPGHAN membership number/ evidence of membership application and proof of date of birth.
    3. Cover letter describing the following terms:
      1. Applicant’s role in the research presented in the scientific paper.
      2. Scientific paper represents original work and not presented or published previously.
    4. Letter of recommendation from head of department where the original work is done.



  • The work should have been done in India in the previous 3 years.
  • The study should have received clearance from the research and ethics committee of the institution, if it is a prospective study.
  • The study should not have been published in any journal already. It should not have been presented for an award at a previous Pediatric Gastro conference or won an award at an IAP or ISG National conference.
  • The presenter should be a member/ have already applied for membership of ISPGHAN at the time of submission of the paper.
  • Paper in the format of the abstract of Research papers in Indian Pediatrics should be submitted clearly mentioning the category of award applied for.
  • Two judges will independently evaluate the papers. A maximum of 4 papers in each category which score the highest marks will be selected for oral presentation
  • The presentation will be for 7 minutes, followed by 3 minutes for questions, which are to be answered only by the presenter.
  • The author of the award winning paper will receive a cash prize and a certificate.


  • Only abstract needs to be submitted.
  • There is no age bar for submission.
  • The study should not have been published in a journal already.
  • The candidate may send one or more number of abstracts under the headings above. Should mention their abstract category (Liver-pancreatobiliary /gastrointestinal )
  • From all the abstracts submitted for the meeting, 20 best abstracts will be marked as posters of excellence by a panel of judges and the remaining will be simple posters.
  • Thus, from all abstracts submitted the first 6 in both categories (GI and hepatobiliary, total of 12 papers) will be selected for plenary session. The next 10 in both categories (i.e total 20) will be poster of excellence and the remaining will be simple posters.
  • Posters will be on display during the meeting and the display /Judging timings of the posters will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
  • There will be 6 prizes (3-GI and 3-liver/pancreatobiliary) for the poster session.
  • Of all the posters received, 20 best posters will be selected on the basis of scientific content and these will be labelled as “posters of distinction”.
  • He presenters of these 20 posters will be given free accommodation by the organising team.
  • Details of Website for abstract upload,date of presentation, oral vs poster and format of posters etc will be announced by the conference organizers
  • The last date for submission will be informed to all members by mail and put up on the website.