The annual Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Awards, scheduled on 28th October, 2017 felicitates achievers in the fields of humanitarian activities and Gandhian constructive programme. Out of four categories, Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development – recognizes the nationwide contribution of applications of science and technology which are relevant, accessible and affordable to the weaker sections of the society and created an impact on rural and tribal development. The Foundation has received 18 nominations from 9 States in the category of Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development.
Every year, these awards of the Foundation are given to honor and encourage the unprecedented contributions of individuals towards the upliftment and development of the society, rural community and the nation, at large. These awards are presented every year in honor of the birth anniversary of Jamnalal Bajaj and to globally propagate his ideals.
This year, the function would be graced by the presence of Chief Guest Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The acclaimed winners will be felicitated at a special function in Mumbai.
The four prime categories of awards include three National Awards and one International Award, the objectives of which are elaborated as follows:
1. Constructive Work – recognizes the nationwide constructive work focusing on Mahatma Gandhi’s eighteen constructive programmes in order to create a self-reliant community.
2. Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development – recognizes the nationwide contribution of applications of science and technology which are relevant, accessible and affordable to the weaker sections of the society and created an impact on rural and tribal development.
3. Development and Welfare of Women and Children (exclusively for women candidates) recognizes the nationwide contributions towards the development of education, healthcare, livelihood activities and the holistic development of women and children.
4. Promoting of Gandhian Values Outside India (International award) – recognizes the work of foreign individuals in proliferating Gandhi's vision of non-violence, peace, harmony, brotherhood and moral conscience, worldwide.
This year, 67 people from across the India sent applications for the national category, recommending 31 names from 12 States and 1 Country in the category of Constructive Work, 18 nominations from 9 States in the category of Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development and 18 applications from 8 States for the award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children. 10 nominations representing 10 countries were received for the International Award.
Each award category consists of a Citation, a Trophy and a Cash Prize of Rs. 10,00,000/- (for the International Award, the Cash Prize is presented in equivalent foreign exchange).
Chairman of Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, Rahul Bajaj said, “Our values and principles are fused strongly in our diverse society. A country’s ‘social capital’ needs to be shaped and upheld in order to allow sustainable development of its ‘economic capital.’ The societal progress of a country anchors the evolution of all other dimensions.The champions of Jamnalal Bajaj Awards are those who epitomize this philosophy. These ideals gain meaning and expression through the endeavors of us humans. The acknowledgment, recognition and encouragement of the efforts of these individuals is the primary purpose of the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation.”
Madhur Bajaj, Trustee of Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation said, “The Bajaj family along with the esteemed members of selection committees, the council of advisors and the trustees have been documenting and deliberating the work of individuals in inculcating the true spirit and ideology of the Gandhian principles into our society. The Foundation strives to highlight the dedication of these individuals in order to inspire millions more in India and globally.”