Sage Publications, an independent international publisher of books, journals, and electronic media, has announced the ‘Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Fellowships’ in honour of Tejeshwar Singh, Managing Director of Sage India for 25 years and a doyen of the publishing industry in South Asia.
Sage has announced two Fellowships, which would be awarded annually – one each in media and communication studies, and business and management areas. In due course, the fellowship programme could be enlarged to include other areas of scholarships.
Sunanda Ghosh, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd, said, “Tejeshwar Singh’s vision touched not just Sage but the entire social science and management fraternity, both academic and professional. The Fellowships are a small endeavour to honour and remember Tejeshwar Singh – both the person and his contribution to publishing.”
She further said, “Business/ management and communication/ media studies were two subjects in which he pioneered publishing in South Asia, which is why we have decided to award the Fellowships to young scholars working in these areas.”
A panel will advise Sage in administering the Fellowships, in selecting juries for both Fellowships, and in ensuring that the highest standards are maintained. The panel comprises scholars, authors and professionals who have had a long association with Singh and Sage India, including Rolf Lynton, TN Madan, Surendra Munshi, Bhikhu Parekh, Jagdish Sheth, Sanjay Subrahmanyam and Romila Thapar.
The duration of the Fellowships will be of one year and Fellows would be paid Rs 50,000 a month for 12 months with another Rs 50,000 for travel expenses. There are no restrictions on themes or ideologies, but the work must contribute to an understanding or an advancement of the subjects in South Asia.
The Fellowships are open to nationals of SAARC countries, including those currently resident overseas. Candidates have to be below 40 years of age as on April 1 of the year in which they apply for the fellowship.
Commenting on the advertising plans, Ghosh said, “We have announced these Fellowships through our in-house database – both via printed catalogues and electronic brochures. We have also advertised in a number of academic journals, including Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, Vikalpa and IIMB Management Review; in publications featuring book reviews such as The Book Review and Biblio; as well as some mainstream publications related to the two subject areas like Pitch, Vidura and Indian Management.”