Indian Political Science Association (IPSA) is the highest and largest academic and professional body of the teachers and scholars of Political Science and Public dministration in India. This is the national association and non-profit registered organization. The aims and intellectual tradition of IPSA are:-
· Advancement of Political Science;
· Scientific Study of Politics;
· Dissemination of Knowledge; and
· Rigorous Political Enquiry
This national professional organization of the discipline of Political Science came into existence in December, 1938 at Benaras. Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant was its founder President, while Prof. GN Singh was its first General Secretary. Prof. Beni Prasad was the first Editor of the Indian Journal of Political Science, which was first published in September 1939. The chronological list of the conferences and the chief office-bearers is a testimony to the fact that IPSA has travelled throughout the country from Lahore (1940) to Trivendram (1948), from Bombay (1941) to Calcutta (1950), and from Waltair (1957) to Ahmadabad (1966).
INTERESTING FACTS :
The table reveals that Bombay organized it twice (1941 & 1967), Meerut twice (1970 & 2003), Mysore thrice (1940, 1965 & 1980), Jaipur thrice (1945, 1959, 2006), Trivendrum twice (1948 & 1969), Agra twice (1943 & 1963), Calcutta twice (1950 & 1972), Hyderabad twice (1951 & 1983), Vishakhapatanam twice (1957 & 1995), Ujjain twice (1959 & 1990), Aligarh twice (1952 & 1987), Jodhpur twice (1976 & 1984), Pune twice (1957 &1989), Madras twice (1949 & 1985). The table also informs us that some of the most esteemed political scientists of contemporary period have been closely associated with IPSA in different capacities. It may also be noted that as a tradition all the Presidents of IPSA have served one full term and in every next conference new President has been elected. In the case of General and Treasurer, however, Professor LS Rathore served five terms from 1981 to 1987, Prof. RN Trivedi four terms from 1967 to 1970, Prof KP Singh four terms from 1989 to 1995, Prof. GN Singh four terms from 1938 to 1941, Prof Khosla three terms from 1943 to 1945, Prof BM Sharma three terms from 1945 to 1948, Prof SV Kogekar three terms from 1950 to 1952, Prof AL Loomba three terms from 1955 to 1957, Prof SC Dash three terms from 1959 to 1960, Prof. Harmander Singh three terms from 1964 to 1966, Prof. Nirmal Bose three terms from 1976 to 1977, and Prof. CA Perumal three terms from 1978 to 1980. The table also reveals that Prof. KP Singh was the longest serving General Secretary and Treasurer of the Association for eight years after Prof LS Rathore who served for seven years.
The Indian Journal of Political Science (IJPS) is the quarterly journal published by the Indian Political Science Association in March, June, September and December every year. Started in 1939, the IJPS is one of the most reputed and refereed journals of Political Science at international level and, in fact, the foremost journal of the discipline at national level. The journal has over the years evolved as a major publication of scholarly works on ideas and issues important to the study of politics. It seeks to promote greater collaboration and exchange of ideas among political scientists in India and abroad. The position of the Editor of the Indian Journal of Political Science had been occupied political scientists of the country at various points of time. Beginning from Prof. Beni Prasad who editor IJPS for six terms, Prof BM Sharma remained editor for four terms, Prof. JS Bains for five terms, Prof. R Thandavan for four terms, while Prof. VS Ram, Prof. GK Gaharana, Prof. AL Loomba, Prof. SC Dash, Prof. Haridwar Rai and Prof. BAV Sharma remained Editor for three terms each. With regard to serving years, Prof. Thandavan was Editor for nine years, Prof. JS Bains for ten years, Prof. Beni Prasad for six years, Prof. BAV Sharma for five years and now Prof. Sanjeev K Sharma has also served for nine years.
The IJPS has now entered 74th year of its publication. The periodicity and regularity of IJPS at national and international levels has also increased tremendously. The website of the journal www.ijps.net.in has been providing most of the updated information. The national and global abstracting and indexing of the papers published in the IJPS has also been restored to a great extent. The size of the journal has grown substantially and its representative character has made the journal truly a publication of a national body with global association. The increase in the number of papers and book reviews published per issue has given the IJPS a global face. It has become the best avenue of interaction and dialogue between Indian political scientists as well as international community.
HINDI JOUNRAL :
Keeping in view the ever-increasing demand of the members of IPSA from Hindi speaking areas the half-yearly Hindi journal of IPSA has been launched titled as Bhartiya Rajniti Vigyan Shodh Patrika. The first issue was published in March 2009 and the response towards this new venture has been quite encouraging and assuring.
The membership of the Indian Political Science Association has been increasing significantly. The annual conference of IPSA could not be organized regularly during last decade. But now, we have been receiving good number of proposals for holding the conference. The IPSA invites you all for active participation and cooperation.