7 member Jury under Chairmanship of Former CJI, Justice R C Lahoti to decide on the awardees across 7 categories for prizes worth 7-8 Crores for S R Jindal Prizes 2012
27 Selfless Workers were honoured in 2011 with prizes worth Rs 7.30 crores including Former President Dr APJ Kalam, Justice Santosh Hegde & Anna Hazare
Bangalore, June 6, 2012: Sitaram Jindal Foundation today announced that it will be screening 2751 nominations this year that it has received from across the country for the S R Jindal Prize 2012. The prize scheme has received a massive response in recognition of the increased stature of the prize which is only in its second year of institution. There is a quantum increase of over 40% in the nominations vis-a-vis last year. Details of all nominations received are available on the website.
The growing acknowledgements and increased nominations for S R Jindal Prize 2012 reflect that the Sitaram Jindal Foundation’s endeavour to honour those engaged in the selfless social development has been well-received by the country.
The nominations were open to the public between 1st March and 16th May 2012 and those received after the last date would be considered for next year. It is evident that S.R.Jindal Prize is the biggest prize in India dedicated to honour exemplary contribution towards social upliftment. The growth in nominations recognizes the S R Jindal Prize as the premier Indian Prize in the social sector.
A Jury under the Chairmanship of former Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice R C Lahoti will decide upon the winners of S R Jindal Prize for all the 7 categories in 2012 with awardees in each category to receive Rs 1 Crore. The S R Jindal Prizes 2012 will be bestowed for the following seven categories: a) Agriculture, Rural Development & Poverty Alleviation; b) Healthcare – including drugless healing and Naturecare; c) Education – with emphasis on moral upliftment; d) Science, Technology and Environment; e) Peace, Social Harmony and Social Development; f) Crusade against Corruption; and g) Exemplary Service to mankind in any field.
The winners shall be selected through a 3 tier process wherein the decision of the independent Jury shall be final and binding under the chairmanship of former CJI R.C.Lahoti this year.
The Jindal Prize and S R Jindal Prize were instituted last year to accolade exceptional service of current significance rendered by individuals or organizations for the welfare of Indian citizens in the country. It is expected that the recognition garnered by the S R Jindal Prize awardees will further catalyze their efforts towards social upliftment. Last year a total of 1971 nominations were received and the Foundation honoured 27 Outstanding Selfless Workers, including APJ Abdul Kalam, N Santosh Hegde & Anna Hazare, by bestowing S R Jindal Prizes 2011 in February this year. Those honoured included Individuals and Institutions who are beacons of selfless service to the society with prize money of Rs. 7.30 Crores.
Patron of Sitaram Jindal Foundation & CMD of Jindal Aluminum, Dr. Sitaram Jindal’s vision is “The most practical and meaningful way to give back to society, I feel, is to bring hope to the poor and downtrodden in distress. It is imperative that the society acknowledges the contribution of selfless workers working silently and honours them with the amount of respect they deserve, so that others are inspired to take the cause ahead. It is with this objective in view that the Foundation decided to institute the ‘S R Jindal Prize’.
Dr. Sitaram Jindal has set aside Rs. 125 Crores last year to form a corpus of funds for creating a perpetual Prize, to honour the deserving, year after year. Such perpetual financial stability of Prize Schemes is uncommon except in rare cases like the Nobel Prize. Further details are available at www.jindalprize.org. The selection of the awardees shall be done through a stringent 3 tier selection process, consisting of appraisal, screening and final selection by the Jury. The nominations will be adjudicated by the Jury through a process independent of the working of the Foundation.
Established in the year 1969, the Sitaram Jindal Foundation is an apolitical, non-religious and charitable trust in the field of education, health and social service. The foundation, besides extending financial support to other charitable institutions, has also directly set up several educational institutions and hospitals. The Foundation also assists the poor and deserving students through scholarships. More details are available on www.sitaramjindalfoundation.org