"Poor and old people need affordable solutions that can come from technological innovations - such as, making a hearing aid ten times cheaper, or non-technological innovation, such as affordable cataract surgery. Currently, there is no national award to recognise such efforts.
This award is a small step in recognizing such efforts," said senior scientist Raghunath Mashelkar, whose generous support has inspired the Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award. The nominations will be for prototypes or proof of concepts which, if supported, have the potential to be successful innovations. A high profile committee, drawn from the fields of science, technology, academics, and social development, has been set up for the purpose.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a memento.
The B G Deshmukh award for excellence in promoting qualitative ageing has been instituted to recognise the qualitative efforts made by senior citizens' organisations. Besides, the 'Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar' is slated for three individual senior citizens above the age of 70 from the state of Maharashtra for exemplary work done by them in the fields of culture, arts, music, education, sports and literature. A selection committee of prominent personalities and experts has been set up to select the winners.
The winners of the senior citizens' organisations category will receive the prize money of Rs 10,000 each, while the Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar carries prize money of Rs 5,000 each.
The S D Gokhale Award 'Qualitative Journalism in Ageing' is meant for a junior journalist (age limit 35 years), who has brought out qualitative articles or features on ageing, covering comprehensively on all related issues, such as physical and mental health, financial security, elder abuse, protection of life and property of the elderly, the legal aspects, planning for the older persons, and so on. For this year, the award is restricted to the print media and from the next year onwards, it could include the electronic media. It carries a cash prize of Rs 5,000, citation and a memento.