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Atal Behari Vajpayee

Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee

  • 1998
  • Chief Guest
Born in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Educated at Victoria College, Gwalior and DAV College, Kanpur. Holds an M.A (Political Science) degree. Involvement in politics began as a freedom-fighter during the Quit India Movement. Among the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Was first elected to the Parliament in 1957. Was leader of the Jana Sangh. Suffered confinement during Emergency. Post emergency, was the Union Minister for External Affairs in Morarji Desai's cabinet. Helped form .... Read More
Acharya Ramamurti

 Acharya Ramamurti

  • 1998
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work
M.A. (History) First Class First, Gold Medalist, L.T. Gave up his job of lecturer in Varanasi in 1954. Renounced his paternal home and property.Got associated with Shramabharati, a voluntary organization for the propagation of the Gandhian ideology and the uplift of surrounding villages. Provided inspiring leadership towards making Shramabharati a centre of repute throughout the country as an institution of excellence and achievement of the Gandhian traditions. Accomplishments inc .... Read More
Devendra Kumar

Dr. Devendra Kumar

  • 1998
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development
B.Sc. Certificate Course in Oil and Paint Technology from Harcourt Butler Technological Institute at Kanpur Joined, in 1946, the All India Village Industries Association (AIVIA) Wardha in-charge of the village oil section and the Laboratory.Successfully conducted several experiments on utilization of groundnut cake for edible purposes in Rotis. Effected many improvements concerning the village oil industry. Also developed new approaches such as solar evaporation of palm juice for ‘g .... Read More
Rajammal P. Devadas

Dr. Rajammal P. Devadas

  • 1998
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development & Welfare of Women And Children
B.Sc (Home Science); M.Sc (Food and Nutrition); M.A. (Home Science Education); D.Sc. (Home Science-Nutrition) Was the first Home Science graduate from the Madras University and one of the earliest Indians to receive Ph.D. from USA. Dedicated her entire life to the cause of formal and non-formal education of women. The trust runs pre-schools and creches in urban and remote rural areas. These provide a safe and conducive environment for children (below five years) of working/sick and ai .... Read More
Jharna Dhara Chowdhury

Ms. Jharna Dhara Chowdhury

  • 1998
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India
Took over the reins of Gandhi Ashram with its headquarters at Jayag village in Bangladesh. In 1946, Gandhiji had set out on a unique peace mission to Noakhali (in East Bengal-now Bangladesh) to restore Hindu-Muslim harmony. The Noakhali mission continued since then in the name of Gandhi Ashram looked after by 85 years old Shri Charu Chaowdhury. The mission passed through various vicissitudes including the murder of its inmates and looting of the property of several of them. As a result of .... Read More