Prizes given away by N.R. Narayana Murthy
Dr. Subbarao, Dr. Joshi, Dr. Bang and Dr. Serageldin awardedEach received a citation, trophy and Rs. five lakh in cash
MUMBAI: Gandhian S.N. Subbarao, environmental scientist Anil Prakash Joshi, social activist Rani Abhay Bang and the former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin were, on Monday, presented the Jamnalal Bajaj awards by N.R. Narayana Murthy, board chairman, Infosys Technologies at a function here.
Seventy-eight year old Dr. Subbarao was awarded for his outstanding contribution in the field of constructive work. He started social work from his childhood days and wore khadi. He was an active member of the Rashtriya Seva Dal and influenced by freedom fighter N.S. Hardikar. He organised many training camps for Congress workers all over the country and impressed Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru with his organisational skills.
He is known for his youth camps in the Chambal valley and helping in the historic surrender of more than 600 dacoits of the notorious valley in 1972.
The award for application of science and technology for rural development was given to Dr. Joshi of the NGO, Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO). Dr. Joshi has been working on resource-based rural development for the last 19 years and uses science and technology to solve basic needs of the people of his region-Uttaranchal and other hilly areas. He has worked on creating local resource-based employment and has upgraded hundreds of water mills in the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states. He has also promoted the Ecological Food Mission in the hills and revived traditional crops. He has already won several awards including the Padma Shri.
Dr. Bang, who won the award for the uplift and welfare of women and children, said it was an honour for all the rural and tribal women from whom she learnt a lot.
Along with her husband Abhay Bang, Dr. Rani set up the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) in 1986 in Gadchiroli, which has done pioneering research in rural health especially among the women of the area.
Surveys conducted by SEARCH revealed a high rate of gynaecological disorders among women.
The couple has trained a number of "barefoot doctors" in 60 villages to treat rural women and also organised a movement against alcoholism. Director of the famous Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Dr. Serageldin, won the International award for promoting Gandhian values outside India.
An Egyptian national, he has served in a number of capacities in the World Bank and was founder chairperson, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Given each year by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, theseawards carry with them a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. five lakh.