Fri, 16 Jun 2017
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development presented to ISRO
New Delhi : In a small ceremony the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,
Disarmament and Development for 2014 was presented to the Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) at a function on 18th May, 2017 at 10 Janpath in New Delhi.
The Prize was presented by former Prime Minister and IGMT trustee,
Dr. Manmohan Singh, in the presence of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the
Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, and was received on behalf of ISRO by Shri A.S.
Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO.
The Prize, which was announced in the year 2014 by the jury
headed by the Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, consists of a trophy
made of banded Haematite Jasper, with a portrait of the late Prime Minister in
the tradition of Jaipur miniature paintings, a cash award of Rs. 1 crore and a Citation.
The Citation reads as follows: The International Jury of the Indira Gandhi
Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development awarded the prize for 2014 to the
Indian Space Research Organization in recognition of its path-breaking
achievements, culminating in the Mars Orbiter Mission; its significant contributions
in strengthening international cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space;
and it’s pioneering role in the application of advanced technologies in
promoting broadbased and sustainable social and economic development and addressing
basic needs of our people, particularly in rural and remote areas.
Established in 1969, ISRO is a government organization set
up to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks
for the benefit of the Indian people and nation, and the world at large. ISRO
has shown how Indian scientists and talent can be harnessed to international levels,
catching up with much more advanced nations in a highly technical and
sophisticated field. It has shown what true self-reliance is, and has
demonstrated that in space technology India stands shoulder to shoulder with
the best in the world.
In doing so, ISRO has benefited the development of India and
advanced the cause of science and technology. Not only has ISRO done India
proud through its many accomplishments, it has acquired a global force in
space, become a leader in launching foreign satellites thereby giving a practical
and commercial aspect to its programmes, and strengthening India’s relationship
with a number of countries who have successfully used its capabilities in