The Association, with the co-operation of the Foreign
Service Institute of the Ministry of External Afairs
and the family of Late Ambassador Bimal Sanyal, a distinguished member of
the Service, administers the award of (i)
the “Ambassador Bimal Sanyal Memorial Prize" - for the Best
IFS Officer Trainee each year and (ii) “Ambassador Bimal Sanyal
Memorial Medal" for the Best dissertation amongst the
Officer Trainees of that batch.
The medals have been made possible through a corpus
established in 1991 by the family of Late Ambassador Sanyal.
The late Ambassador Sanyal served from 1948 to 1976,
having earlier served in the Indian Navy. Fondly remembered by all his
colleagues, he was a sincere and hardworking diplomat who pioneered many
firsts in the service. He was the very first Secretary(ER) in
the Ministry of External Affairs exclusively entrusted with ‘Economic
Relations’ as a tool of diplomacy – that has since become a mantra for modern day diplomacy.
After retirement, he served as the first Secretary General
of the Association of Iron Ore Exporting Countries, based in Geneva.
Originally, the competition for the Ambassador Sanyal
Medal was open to all serving IFS officers, but since 2001 are being
awarded to winners from amongst the graduating IFS Officer Trainees at
Thereafter, till 2010, two medals were awarded annually,
namely, "Ambassador Bimal Sanyal Memorial Gold Medal”, for
the Best Officer Trainee and "Ambassador Bimal Sanyal Memorial
Silver Medal”, for the Best Dissertation.
Since 2011, the Gold medal for the Best Probationer is
being awarded by the Ministry of External Affairs. Hence, an "Ambassador
Bimal Sanyal Memorial Prize” consisting of a book voucher worth Rs.
4,000 for the Best Officer Trainee and an "Ambassador Bimal
Sanyal Memorial Gold/Silver Medal”, for the Best Dissertation is
being awarded by the Association.