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Environment and Forest Awards

Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: IGPP Award was instituted in 1987 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India and is now awarded to an organisation and to an individual every year on the 19th November for their significant contributions in the field of environment. The Puraskar carries Rs.5 lakhs (Five Lakhs) in cash, a scroll and a citation to the selected Individual and Organization. 
Eligibility: Any citizen of India or organisation working in India engaged in scientific work/field work for the cause of environmental protection, will be eligible. There will be no age limit. The term 'ENVIRONMENT' will be interpreted in the broadest sense possible. The following is an illustrative list of areas of work. The list is not exhaustive: 
Control of Pollution. 
Conservation of  natural resources. 
Rational utilisation of depletable resources.
Environmental Planning and management. 
Environmental Impact assessment. 
Outstanding field work for enrichment of environment e.g. afforestation, land reclamation, water treatment, air purification, etc.
Creating awareness of environmental issues.
Criteria for Selection: The Prize Committee would, among other things take into account the quality of contributions made and merits of nominee's work in the area of environment. The significance of contribution already made and impact in the field of environment will be the criteria for selection. The Prize Committee can also suggest/select any individual or organisation for which the nominations might, or might not have been received for the year (s) under consideration. The Prize will be announced by 5th June. The prize may be with held by the Government in any year, if in the opinion of the Committee, no meritorious nomination is received.

Contact:: Joint Secretary Ministry of Environment & Forests Paryavaran Bhavan CGO Complex, Lodhi Road New Delhi - 110 003. For more information visit www.envfor.nic.in The last date for receipt of nominations shall be 15th October every year.
 

 

Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship Award

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: Government of India in 1978, on the recommendation of the then National Committee of Environmental Planning and Coordination constituted the Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship Award to encourage and recognise in any branch of Research related to the Environmental Sciences. The fellowship is awarded every year on the World Environment Day on June 5. The fellowship is in recognition of significantly important research/development contributions and is also intended to encourage talented individuals to devote themselves whole time to R & D pursuits for the duration of the fellowship.

Criteria for selection: The selection will be carried out by an Awards Committee consisting of eminent scientists/ environmentalists nominated for the purpose each year by the Government of India. The Government may on its own, and in consultation with the Awards Committee, nominate a renowned scientist for this fellowship. In the absence of any suitably qualified nominee, the Government reserves the right to withhold the Award for any particular year.

For selection, the Awards Committee would, among other things, take into account the high quality contribution made and the merits of the proposed research work. The significance of the contribution already made and the impact in the field of ecology and environment will be the major criteria for recommending selection. For the purpose of this the term 'Environmental Sciences' will be interpreted in the broadest possible sense and would include all creative pursuits in the field. 

Terms of the award: The Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellow would be required to work on the project of his choice on a full-time basis for the duration of the Award. He would submit the results of his research work to the Ministry of Environment and Forests who would be free to utilise the the matter in an manner they deem fit. The fellowship would normally be for a period of two years, which in exceptional cases, could be extended by one more year. The National Fellow will receive an award of Rs.4000/- per month during the period of fellowship. In addition, an amount of Rs.18,000/- per annum will be paid to the Fellow for meeting secretarial and contingent expenditure (including travel). He will also entitled to engage Research Staff/Field Investigator to assist him during the period of award for which a total amount of Rs.1500/- per month would be paid. The expenses of fellowship and remuneration of staff will be met by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

Contact:  Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road,New Delhi-110003,. The nomination once received will be valid for consideration for a consecutive period of three years. For more information visit; www.envfor.nic.in 
Dr. Salim Ali National Wild Life Fellowship Award & Shri  Kailash Sakhla National Wildlife Fellowship Award

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: In order to commemorate the memory of the two great wildlife conservation of the country, viz  Shri Kailash Sankhla and Dr. Salim Ali to inspire and promote, particularly the younger generation of wildlife managers and scientists for taking up research/experimental projects aimed at conservation of the rich wildlife heritage of this country, the Govt. of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests has .decided to award the fellowships alternatively each year.

 Dr. Salim Ali National Wildlife Fellowship Award and
 Shri Kailash Sankhla National Wildlife Fellowship Award
for Research / experimental projects on mammalian wildlife and on avian wildlife . The fellowships will be awarded normally for a period of two years at the rate of Rs. 4,000/- per month. In addition, an amount of Rs. 18,000/- per annum will be paid for meeting the contingent expenditure.

 Only Indian citizen engaged in wildlife management/research are eligible. Preference would be given to the officials of the State /UT Forest and Wildlife Department.

Contact:  Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO, Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003. For more information visit; www.envfor.nic.in 
B.P.Pal National Environment Fellowship Award for Biodiversity

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: B.P.Pal National Environment Fellowship Award is given by the Ministry of Environment & Forests every year in recognition of significantly important research and development contributions and is also intended to encourage talented individuals to devote themselves whole time to R&D pursuits in the field of Bio-diversity.

The Fellowship, valid for a period of two years, is of the value of Rs.26,000/-pm + allowances or last pay drawn + allowances whichever is higher for in-service candidates who opt for the award on a whole time basis. In case of retired persons/pensioners or if the  awardees desires to work on part time basis, the fellowship amount will be Rs.10,000/-pm over and above the retirement benefit/pension/normal salary as the case may be. In either case, the fellowship amount will be tax free as per existing income tax rules/guidelines. In addition, an amount of Rs.1,00,000/-per annum will be paid to the Fellow for meeting secretarial and contingent expenditure (including travel). The awardees will also be entitled to engage one Research Associate or one SRF as per existing Government norms/rules.

Contact:  Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110 003 . The guidelines and proforma for submission of proposals can be downloaded from the Ministry?s website  www.envfor.nic.in  or can be obtained free of cost from the Ministry of Environment & Forests.
Amrita Devi  Bishnoi  Wild Life Protection Award

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail:  The award is given for significant contribution in the field of wildlife protection, which is recognised as having shown exemplary courage and valor or having done exemplary work for the protection of wildlife in the country. 

Nature of the award: The award of  Rs.One lakh cash, along with a medallion and citation will be given to: (a) An individual / institution pertaining to rural communities involved in wildlife protection. (b) The community based organisation from rural areas, including Gram Sabha showing exemplary courage or valour for protection of wildlife.

Eligibility: Individuals/ community based organisations, from rural areas, including Gram Sabha, showing exemplary courage or valour for protection of wildlife will be eligible. There will be no age limit for individuals. Procedure: Any citizen of India can recommend a name.

Contact: The Director, Wildlife Prevention, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Paryavaran  Bhavan, C.G.O. Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi ? 110003. For more information visit; www.envfor.nic.in
National Award for Best  ENVIS  Center 

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: The Ministry of Environment & Forests in December 1982 initiated the Environmental Information Systems (ENVIS) as a plan programme. This program envisaged setting up of a comprehensive network of repositories of information in institutions and organisations for collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information on varying subject areas of environment. The development of websites and maintaining of online database were then incorporated in the scheme. 

Award: In order to encourage and recognize the good work and achievements of an ENVIS Centre in continuing the activities of dissemination of information, building of databases and posting of information on the website an award (one) has been instituted in 2004 to be given once in every two years. 

Nature of Award: The award would consist of (1) a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-, (2) a Certificate and (3) a silver trophy of ENVIS Logo. 

Eligibility: ENVIS Centres set-up under the ENVIS Plan Scheme and those set-up under the World Bank assisted EMCBTA Project and integrated in the Plan Scheme are eligible to apply for the award. An awarded ENVIS Centre will not be eligible to apply for the award again for 2 consecutive term i.e. 4 years.

Submission of Nomination: The filled in Proforma with all documentary proof should be submitted by 30th April every alternate year from 2004.

The Best ENVIS Centre award will be given during the Annual National Workshop organized every two years by the ENVIS Secretariat. Awards for the consecutive years would be given on 5th June .

Contact: For more information visit; www.envfor.nic.in 
Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra (IPVM) Awards 

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra (IPVM) Awards are given to individuals and institutions who have done pioneering and exemplary works in the field of afforestation and wasteland development. Award of Rupees one lakh (Rs. 1,00,000/-) each, in cash, along with medallion and citation, will be given to individuals / institutions in ten categories .

Contact: Ministry of Environment & Forests, Room No.519, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 110003.
National Award for Prevention of Pollution

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail:  Nominations are invited from the Industrial units through sponsoring authorities, which shall be the pollution control Board of the State where the unit is located. Nomination received are reviewed by the selection committee and selection committee makes recommendations for awards to Government. Awards numbering up to eighteen (18) will be given each year, one in each of the identified category of highly polluting industries. Awards numbering up to five (5) will be given each year to small scale industries.

 Eligibility Criteria:

1.Success in defining environmental pollution needs meeting pollution prevention goals and overall improvements to the quality of air, water and land.
2 Soundness of approach, scientific design and cost effectiveness .
3.Abatement including reduction, reuse recycling or any beneficial use of waste generated, substantial and steady reduction in the effluents and emissions in the year.
4.Reduction of risk to the community living in the vicinity of units handling hazardous chemicals.
5.Any other identifiable specific and significant contribution towards the manufacture of environmentally friendly products and development and use of environmentally sound technologies.
6. Substantial and continuing steps for environmental improvement . and
7. Any other identifiable specific and significant contribution towards the manufacture of environmentally friendly products and development and use of environmentally sound technologies and aspects such as voluntary afforestation and even pioneering work in research towards environmental friendly technology and maximum amount of recycling possible in that category of industries. These steps will include substantial and continuing steps for environmental improvement and any other item which would be indicative of the corporate philosophy of the company towards positive environmental management.

 Contents of the Award : A Trophy & A Citation 

Contact: Ministry of Environment & Forests,, Paryavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi, 110003.
Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award

Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest

Detail: The Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Conservation Award will be given each year for significant contribution in the field of wildlife which is recognised as having made or has the potential measurable and major impact on the protection and conservation of wildlife in the country.

Nature of the award: Two award of Rs. 1,00,000/- each in cash, along with medallions trophy and citations, will be given to:

Education and research institutions and organisations, and
Forests and Wildlife Officers/research scholars or scientists/wildlife conservationists.

A medallions will be awarded in the individual category and a trophy in the institutional category.
Eligibility: Any recognised institution, individual or Government and forest staff of India engaged in scientific work/filed for the cause of protection and conservation of wildlife eligible. There is no age limit. Any citizen of India can recommend a name. 

Contact:  Director, Wildlife Preservation, Ministry of Environment & Forests, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003.
Janaki Ammal National Award for Taxonomy
Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest
Detail: In order to encourage work of excellence in taxonomy and also to encourage young students and scholars to work in this science, the Ministry has instituted a National Award in Taxonomy in 1999 named after the late Prof. E.K. Janaki Ammal. The award has been approved by the Minister for Environment and Forests, Prime Minister and the President of India. Late Prof. Janaki Ammal did taxonomic work of outstanding merit and excellence particularly in the area of cytotaxonomy and was a source of inspiration to many young scientists. She devoted her entire life to taxonomic work. She was associated with the Botanical Survey of India also in the capacity of Director, Central Botanical laboratory, BSI, Allahabad. 

This award carries a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/- and a citation.  

Eligibility criteria for the award :Any Indian taxonomist engaged in taxonomic research work on flora, fauna or micro organisms in the country is eligible. There will be no age limit. 
The following is a list :
(a) Outstanding contribution in the area of taxonomic revision of species/ genus/family/ order.
(b) Outstanding original contribution in the area of taxonomic monographic work (assessment of overall aspects of knowledge of species/ genus/family / order
(c) Ability to recognize new taxa as evident by discovery of new Species/genus
(d) Outstanding experimental taxonomic work in areas such as cytotaxonomy, molecular taxonomy, chemotaxonomy etc
(e) Research experience' in the field of taxonomy as evident by number of Years spent in taxonomic research and teaching
(f) Experience in research guidance inn taxonomy as evident by number of M.Phil and Ph.D thesis guided
(g) Number of research publications including original research papers, Review and popular -semi-technical articles, contribution in symposia and workshops and books published in taxonomy
 
Number of Categories in which the award is given One 
Contents of the Award : Cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and  A Citation
Periodicity of the award: Annual

Contact: .For more information visit: www.envfor.nic.in
Desert Ecology Fellowship
Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest
Detail: Ministry of Environment & Forest has provided a one time endowment of Rs.6.00 lacs on September 1992 for instituting Desert Ecology Fellowship at the University of Jodhpur in recognition of the Bishnoi community's Contribution to nature conservation and to encourage studies on Desert Ecology. 

The Award carries a monthly fellowship of Rs.3500/- and a contingency grant of Rs.1000/- per month. 

Contact: .For more information visit: www.envfor.nic.in
Paryavaran  Aur  VanMantralaya Vishisht  Vaigyanik Puraskar
Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest
Detail: This award was instituted in 1991-92 as an incentive to Group 'A' Scientists of the Ministry and its associated formations. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs.20,000/- and is awarded to two scientists every year.
Contact: .For more information visit: www.envfor.nic.in
Rajiv Gandhi Environment Award for Clean Technology
Ministry/Department/Organisation: Ministry of Environment&Forest
Detail: Division Dealing with the Award :Control of Pollution 
Year when the award was instituted: 1993
Number of Categories in which the award is given :Only one unit selected out of the awardees of the National awards for prevention of Pollution. 
Procedure for inviting Application for the award: While reviewing the nominations of National Awards for the prevention of pollution the selection committee identifies the best among these particularly from the angle of adoption of clean technology for the Rajiv Gandhi Award.

Eligibility Criteria :The units which make a significant and measurable contribution towards the development of new or innovative modification of existing or remarkable or adoption and use of clean technologies and practices that substantially reduce eliminate or prevent environmental pollution. The activities can include new technologies that save energy, other resources, produce reformulation or substitution to use fewer polluting materials and modified or new process, which reduce pollution. The Significance of the contribution both in qualitative as well as measurable impact on the environment will be among the major criteria for selection .

Contents of the Award :A Trophy, A Citation 
Periodicity of the award: Annual 

Contact: .For more information visit: www.envfor.nic.in
 
 

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