The Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation which was established in 1977, instituted four Awards, to serve and propagate the ideals of Jamnalal Bajaj, in India and abroad. The annual awards is the Foundation’s gratifying felicitation to those men and women involved at the grassroots level who are committed to inclusive development working in line with Mahatma Gandhi’s constructive work program and who have taken a vow to selflessly serve the people, their community and nation, at large. There are three National Awards and one International Award.
- National: Award for Constructive Work following Gandhian principles in India
- National: Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
- National: Award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children (instituted in the memory of Padma Vibhushan Smt. Jankidevi Bajaj)
- International: International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India (presented to an individual holding a foreign passport and nationality)
Each award carries a Citation, a Trophy and a Cash Prize of Rs. 20,00,000 (for the International Award, the Cash Prize is equivalent to foreign exchange). Commemorating the 125th Birth Anniversary of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj in November 2014, the Foundation had increased the earlier prize amount of Rs. 5,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,000 in each award category. 2023 being the Centennial Birth Anniversary of Shri Ramkrishna Bajaj, the Foundation has increased the prize amount of Rs. 10,00,000 to Rs. 20,00,000 in each award category, with effect from 2023 Jamnalal Bajaj Awards.
The Council of Advisors and Selection Committees for the awards play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity of the awards and enhancing the objectives of the Foundation.
The birth anniversary of Jamnalal Bajaj is November 4 and hence the Awards function is organized around that time of the year in Mumbai. Over the years, Presidents and Prime Ministers of India, Chief Ministers, Finance Ministers, social and spiritual leaders and Nobel Laureates have graced the award functions as Chief Guests.
For detailed information, visit the Jamnalal Bajaj Awards website.