Prem Vaidya joined the Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India in 1954 during its golden age. He retired in 1985 as Director / Producer. During this period he filmed major events in the country for ‘Indian Newsreel’ and documentary films. He received The Ezra Mir Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 from the Indian Documentary Producers’ Association (IDPA). Some of his prominent assignments are listed below:
* Certificate at Filmotsava, 1984, Mumbai.
* Diploma at Tashkent Film Festival, 1984.
* Critics Award for the Best Documentary Film of the Year by Uttar Pradesh Film Journalist Association, 1985.
* Received Silver Rajat Kamal and Cash Prize at the 22nd National Film Festival for the Best Information Film of the Year.
* Certificates at International Film Festival, Berlin, 1975; International Film Festival, Bombay; International Film Festival of Social Documentary, Italy, 1975.
* Diploma at 13th International Film Festival Brisbane, 1978