IPA jointly with Shri Ramanbhai B. Patel Foundation instituted IRF Life Time Achievement Award with effect from the year 2003, to honor senior pharmacists who have made noteworthy contributions in the field of Pharmacy throughout his/her life.


1.  Life Time Achievement Award is instituted by IRF and dedicated to the memory of Late Shri Ramanbhai B. Patel, the Founder Chairman of Zydus Cadila Healthcare Limited. 

2.  The Life Time Achievement Award shall be given every year starting from 2003. 

3.  The award presentation ceremony will be held at the time of IPA Fellowship Dinner program at the Indian Pharmaceutical Congress or at similar function of IPA. 

4.  The nominations for Life Time Achievement Awards shall be invited by Member Secretary, IRF through Pharma Times and the IPA website in the month of August / September giving six weeks’ time for receiving the nominations. The nominations for Life Time Achievement Award shall also be invited through leading newspapers, other pharma magazines, newsletters etc., for wider publicity. The Selection Committee shall appoint a Search group who shall undertake preliminary screening of the nominations. The Search Group may also suggest names of deserving persons, missed out by the process of nomination and include their names in the final list of nominees. 

5.  Any Ordinary / Life Member of IPA can nominate a person for this Award. 

6.  The nominee should be a current or past IPA Member. 

7.  The age of the nominee should be 70 years or above. 

8.  The nominator shall forward an application in the prescribed format (Annexure A), justifying nomination for the award to the person, to help the Selection Committee in making a decision about the Life Time Achievement Award. 

9.  Self-nomination is not permitted. Any nomination proposed or seconded by a family member of the candidate also will not be considered and shall be rejected. 

10.  The nomination papers need not include any consent letter from the nominee. However, the consent from the recipient of the Award should be sought prior to the official announcement of the Award. 

11.  All nominations shall be sent to the Member Secretary, IRF C/o The Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Kalina, Santacruz (East), Mumbai – 400 098, India. 

12.  The Member Secretary will organize a meeting of the Selection Committee in the month of October / November in Mumbai for the selection of the Awardee. 

13.  The selection of the awardee shall be by consensus. The Committee shall frame the methodology of selection. 

14.  The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and no correspondence shall be entertained after the Committee announces the decision. 

15.  The IPA Eminent Pharmacist Awardees will be considered for the Life Time Achievement Award only three years after their receiving the Eminent Pharmacist Award. 

16.  The award package shall include : 

a)  Citation
b)  Medallion with Gold plating in Bronze and a Shawl. Medallion would have photograph of Late Shri Ramanbhai B. Patel on one side and IPA logo with year of presentation of the award on the other side.
c)  Travel expenses to and fro for the recipient of the award and spouse on an apex ticket if traveling by air or first class A/C railway fare whichever is appropriate.
d)  A Cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- (Rs. Twenty Five thousand only) 

17.  The recipient of the award is expected to respond very briefly during the award presentation ceremony.

Please forward the nomination of an eligible candidate in the prescribed format on or before 30th September

Recipients of IRF Life Time Achievement Award 

2003Mr. M. R. Shastri
Mr. S. N. Desai
Mr. Gopal Krishna Murty
2004Dr. R. S. Baichwal
2005Prof. V.B. Desai
Mr. A. I. Mehta
2006Mr. Devinder Pal
Dr. J.N. Banerjee
2007Mr. I. A. Mody
2008Mr. Chandru Shahani
2009Dr. P.M. Naik
2010Prof. Harkishan Singh
Mr. B.N. Thakore
Dr. S.N. Sharma
2011Dr. H.L. Bhalla
Mr. P.D. Sheth
2012Dr. A.K. Kapadia
Prof. B.K. Gupta
Prof. E. Venkata Rao
2013Dr. H.P. Tipnis
Prof. Vimla Devi
2014Dr. J.B. Dave
Dr. B.K. Moza
2015Prof. K. Chinnaswamy
2016Mr. Ajit Singh
Mr. Asit Ranjan Bhattacharyya
2017Prof. C.K. Kokate
2018Dr. Prem Kumar Gupta
Prof. R.K. Khar