The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 19 November 2014 was chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014. The award will be given to ISRO for its contribution in strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
ISRO was selected for the award by a jury chaired by Vice President Hamid Ansari. The jury in its statement said that ISRO is being awarded in recognition of its path-breaking achievement, culminating in the Mars orbiter mission, its significant contribution in strengthening cooperation in peaceful use of outer space.
It also noted that ISRO’s role in application of advanced technologies in promoting broad-based and sustainable social and economic development and addressing basic needs of the people particularly in remote and rural areas of the country.
The jury also said ISRO has demonstrated that in space technology, India stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was instituted in 1986 by Indira Gandhi Trust. It is the prestigious award accorded annually by India to individuals or organizations in recognition of creative efforts towards promoting international peace, development and a new international economic order. It also ensures that the scientific discoveries are used for the larger good of humanity, and enlarging the scope of freedom. The prize carries a cash award of 2.5 million (25 lakh) rupees and a citation.
Previous three winners of the prize were
• 2013 - Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany
• 2012 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
• 2011 - Ela Bhatt, Founder of Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA)
First three recipients of the award were
• 1986 - Parliamentarians for Global Action, it was an International Organisation of Parliamentarians
• 1987 - Mikhail Gorbachev, Former Soviet Union Leader
• 1988 - Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway
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