Nominations are invited for 35th Jamnalal Bajaj Awards


The awards given by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation were set up to continue the legacy of Late Mr Jamnalal Bajaj to serve the society.

The Awards recognize constructive work in the area of rural development, application of science and technology, development of women and child, and promotion of Gandhian values outside India. The awards are given to suitably reward and honour the efforts of men and women who have dedicated their life to Gandhian work and ideals which Mr Jamnalal Bajaj, a close associate and fifth adopted son of Gandhiji, had cherished all his life.

Three national awards are given to individuals for their efforts in the aforesaid areas and an international award is given to an individual working towards the promotion of Gandhian thoughts and holding a foreign passport and nationality.

The awards carry a Citation, a Trophy and a sum of Rupees 5 lakhs or its equivalent foreign currency (for the international award).

About Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation

The Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation was established in 1976 for promoting Gandhian constructive programmes and assisting constructive workers who devoted themselves to the national cause. 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.

Award Categories

Award for Constructive Work

An individual, to qualify for nomination under this category of award, should have made an outstanding contribution in doing constructive work in one or more areas. The areas include a wide spectrum ranging from rural development in sanitation and infrastructure, healthcare, education, income generation activities to development of agriculture and local leadership in the villages. For more information on criteria and the process to apply, please click here .

Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Contributions toward the development of rural India with the assistance of Science and Technology calls for nomination under this category of award. The beneficiaries under it should include people from rural and tribal areas and from the less privileged/marginalised sections of the society. The areas for development include agriculture, animal husbandry, ensuring water supply in these areas, etc. For more information on criteria and the process to apply, please click here .

Award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children

This award is given to individuals who contribute towards the development of women and children in the areas of education, employment and rehabilitation, medical care and legal aid, etc. For more information on criteria and the process to apply. please click here .

International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India

This award was instituted in the year 1988 to commemorate the birth centenary of Shri Jamnalal Bajaj. This award recognizes the contribution of individuals outside India towards promotion of peace and harmony, abolishing exploitation and introducing innovative work to benefit society following Gandhian principles.

For more information on criteria and the process to apply, please click here .


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