ISRO Receives Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014
The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014 was presented to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at a function today, May 18, 2017 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 (IGMT), and was received by Shri A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO on behalf of ISRO.
The Prize, which was announced in the year 2014 by the jury headed by Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, 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 etc.,
The award 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 International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development awarded the prize for 2014 to the Indian Space Research Organisation 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 broad-based 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 space.