Our Indian space agency as we all commonly know – ISRO – Indian Space Research Organization has been selected of the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014. ISRO’s conscious efforts in promoting India’s development through space technology and satellite-based services have been appreciated through this award.
The award, comprising Rs.1 crore and a citation, was decided after the jury for the prize met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.
Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu, Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, senior Member of Parliament L.K. Advani and Gopalkrishna Gandhi are other members of the jury.
The Gandhi Peace Prize for social, economic and political transformation through non-violence was instituted in 1995.
Some of its previous winners are Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Julius K Nyerere, Baba Amte, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan and Ramkrishna Mission.