Dr. Verghese Kurien – One Vision to make a difference in our World Karmaveer Puraskaar
2014 (From 1′st Cadre Of Fellows)
KAIZAAD KOTWAL is an artist, educator and social justice activist, having spent 22 years in the U.S. before returning to India in 2009. Along with his mother Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, he set up ‘The Make-A-Difference Foundation’ which uses media to create awareness and raise funds towards ending
violence against women and girls.
For the past 12 years, they have been working towards combating this national and global pandemic. Working closely with Eve Ensler (author and activist), Kaizaad worked towards creating the Indian arms of two large global movements – V-DAY and ONE BILLION RISING. Both these are social justice movements seeking to end violence against women and girls.
Kaizaad has partnered with a list of artists and activists towards increasing the visibility of these issues and towards raising funds to help those working towards ending this violence once and for all. Some of the people who have partnered in the V-DAY and ONE BILLION RISING movements include: Jane Fonda, Marissa Tomei, Imran Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, LoveleenTandan, Longinus Fernandes, Chitrangada Singh, Manasi Scott, UshaUthup and Suchitra Pillai amongst many others.
He is an Emmy Award-winning art director from the U.S. Kaizaad is an actor, director, producer and designer with over 160 productions (stage, film, television) to his credit in India, the U.S. and elsewhere.
He has taught theatre, film and media studies in the U.S. for over 20 years at the middle-and high-school levels, but mainly at the university level with undergraduate and graduate students. In 2012 Kaizaad received the Karmaveer Chakra Award for this work.
Ms. Nisha Subramanian Kunju
Ms. Nisha Subramanian Kunju Nisha-Kunju
An animal and environment activist from Mumbai working for the cause of animal welfare and environment protection since her childhood, Nisha was awarded REX fellowship in 2012. She started
as a student member of Smt. Maneka Gandhi’s NGO ‘People for Animals”.
Later in 2002, she joined Plant & Animals Welfare Society – Mumbai (PAWS-Mumbai) an NGO founded by her elder brother Sunish, as a Student Member. At present she is Administrator- cum-PRO associated with Animal Welfare Board of India as Hoy. Animal Welfare Officer.
She is also the Founder Trustee of ‘Parivartan Pratishthan’. She is involved in activities like Wildlife rescue, bird rescuing from residential areas and releasing back into its natural habitat, inspecting Zoos & Circuses, giving First Aid & taking care of injured birds, creating awareness about animal welfare, etc. Her main focus is to involve students and youth into animal welfare and environment protection movement.
For her noble work she has received several awards like AadhiAabadi Women Achievers Award 2013-14, Seemapuri Times’ Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award 2013-14, International Woman’s Day Achievers Award 2012 by Late Shri. Dina Bama PatilPratishthan, Hira Manek’s International Woman’s Day Achievers Award 2012.
2015 (From 2′nd Cadre Of Fellows)
Mr. R Madhavan
Hailing from a modest background he later graduated from IIT, Madras. Worked for ONGC to earn and set up my own farm for demonstrating the productive agriculture. He was selected under the FAO programme During September-1996 for participating on training cum workshop on Regenerative Agriculture at
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Philippines and presented a paper on rural prosperity.
Latter in the same year visited Israel to learn about their technology on water management. His passion towards farming pulled him out of ONGC and started his own farming activities near chengelpet, Tamil Nadu. His mission was to try and adapt simple technologies to Indian condition, interms of water and other agriculture inputs utilization.
He was fortunate enough to have met Dr C Lakshmanan, Director, California Agriculture Consulting Services and who taught him all the technical aspects of high productive farming. Dr Lakshmanan is a soil scientist from Ohio University and was consulting for more than dozen farmers in California for improving the quality and quantity of agri produce. Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, visited his farm for witnessing the high productivity corn crop in June 2001, under the project of National Agro Foundation demo farm.
In this context he demonstrated 250 % improvement in productivity of corn in my field from the present level. He has developed lot of simple farmer friendly tools, which not only reduces the drudgery of farming activities but also improves the efficiency of farm labourers.
He conducts workshops for entrepreneurs to take up agriculture as a profession and elevating agriculture from lowly occupation to industrial activity, whereby we can generate rural employment opportunity which improves the rural prosperity.
Ms. Sashi Priyadarshni
The altruistic contribution & continued selfless service in the last 8 years to reach out to our community in creating awareness on today’s most imperative cause across our globe – “Organ Donation”.
Been committed & instrumental in spreading the idea behind – “Donating Organs is Donating Lives” in our society & involved actively in igniting this thought in hundreds of our fellow beings who have joined hands together in serving for this noble cause.
She strongly feels that Contributing to the society is our prime Duty & with her lifetime ultimate vision being ‘Transforming Lives’ of people ,also believes that she alone cannot change the world, but can definitely cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples as long as she exists.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!
2016 (From 3′rd Cadre Of Fellows)
Ms Preeti Monga
Preeti Monga, herself blind since childhood, (Founder & CEO of Silver Linings Trust and Silver Linings Services), has been singlehandedly working towards improving lives; directly/indirectly impacting millions through her unremitting and arduous efforts for the last 3 decades. Silver Linings, a Not for
profit organization, works with girls/women with visual impairment, facilitating reduction of preventable blindness, people with disability, Gender and the citizen at large. Silver Linings Services, a self-sustainability providing company, offers high quality executive search and training services to the corporate and other private sector! They also provide Motivation Speaking, Life coaching, Leadership and Fitness Trainings, Employment of Disabled, D&I, exponentially growing Cornea Retrieval, creating Awareness via Project Fusion a platform that brings together people with and without disability to socially network, Empowering blind females & Trauma and other Counselling services! She has worked in the capacity of business development Manager, Marketing Manager, Public Relations Head, Patient Relations Head, Trainer, Fund Raiser and Counselor. Preeti is the first visually impaired Aerobics instructor in the country and is an outstanding motivational speaker. She conducts trainings to promote and facilitate Inclusion of people with disabilities in the corporate sector, as well as, provides consulting and trainings for Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplaces!
Mr Girish Gogia
Girish is a Quadriplegic and completely paralyzed neck downwards, for the past 15 years, due to a cervical spinal cord injury.
Despite such adversities, he is a Living Example of Ultimate Human Potential. He is on a Global Mission of spreading positivity called “Positive Earth”
Conducts motivational seminars and life-transforming events for corporates, educational institutions and others proving to them that every soul is Potentially Infinite.