Kailash Satyarthi

Shri Kailash Satyarthi

  • 2014
  • Chief Guest
In 1980, Kailash Satyarthi gave up a lucrative career as an electrical engineer to initiate a movement to end child labour, exploitation, and for education. He is internationally acclaimed child rights’ activist and pioneer in the fight against exploitation of children and illiteracy. He is renowned for inclusion of child labour to global social and political agenda, and for leading the movement for education for all. In 1998, Kailash Satyarthi organised the Global March Against Chi .... Read More
Surendra Koulagi

Shri Surendra Koulagi

  • 2014
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
Shri Surendra Koulagi is a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and Jayaprakash Narayan. After working with Jayaprakash Narayan as his personal assistant from 1954 to 1959 in Bihar, he returned to work in Karnataka and selected Melkote area in Mandya district, a region that was then very poor and backward. Shri. Koulagi is the founder of Janapada Seva Trust a voluntary social service organization established in 1960. Inspired by the Gandhian ideal of sarvodaya, the Trust has b .... Read More
Ram Kumar Singh

Shri Ram Kumar Singh

  • 2014
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
After passing engineering degree, Shri Ram Kumar Singh had decided to work in voluntary sector. He worked extensively in training the rural youth in various rural technologies. This gave him the opportunity to develop an understanding about rural youth and their mind set along with an idea to work for the development of appropriate technologies. In 1990, he joined 'Centre of Science for Villages' in Wardha. Here, under the able guidance of noted Gandhian Dr Devendra Kumar, he develope .... Read More
Chennupati Vidya

Smt. Chennupati Vidya

  • 2014
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development and Welfare of Women And Children
Being the daughter of Shri Gora and Smt. Saraswathi Gora, who were social reformers all their lives since the freedom movement, Smt. Chennupati Vidya had a streak of social work since her childhood. Her two-years stay in Gandhiji's Sevagram, when she was just 13, only strengthened her resolve to be a social activist for women empowerment, gender equality, and village development. She chose her native Vijayawada as the place for the developmental work following Gandhian principles. Smt .... Read More
Sulak Sivaraksa

Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa

  • 2014
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa is one of the founders of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB), which was established in 1989 with leading Buddhists. Besides, he is the initiator of a number of social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements. Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa was educated in Bangkok at the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he is now an honorary fellow in Buddhism. Soon after his return to Thailand, he directed his energies towards the development of sustainable models .... Read More