Awards and Honours
JAMNALAL BAJAJ AWARDS
In 1976, the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation was established for
promoting Gandhian constructive programmes and assisting constructive workers
who devoted themselves to the national cause. The foundation has instituted four
annual awards, each carrying a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000 or its equivalent in
foreign currency, a citation and a trophy. The awards are intended to recognise
outstanding contribution in :
Application of science and technology for rural
Upliftment and welfare of women and children and/or
Gandhian constructive work by women workers
Promotion of Gandhian values outside India by individuals
other than Indian citizens.
On the occasion of the Jamnalal Bajaj Birth Centenary, the
foundation conferred on Dr. Nelson Mandela, a Special Award of
Rs.5,00,000, a citation and a specially sculptured trophy. It was presented on
18 October 1990, at a special function held in Raj Bhavan, Calcutta, by the
Governor of West Bengal and in the presence of Shri Jyoti Basu, Chief Minister
of West Bengal.
The foundation has undertaken several rural development
programmes in the Wardha district, Maharashtra, Kheri district and Shikohabad
near Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh. It also extends financial assistance to
institutions and individuals engaged in social and welfare programmes.