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Environment - Fellowships and Awards

Instituted in 1987, the  Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, consisting of a cash component of rupees one lakh, a silver trophy and a citation, is awarded every year to an organisation and to an individual for significant contributions in the field of environment.

The  Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Awards were constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1986 to recognise outstanding contributions of individuals and organisations in the field of afforestation and wastelands development. Starting in 1993, 12 annual awards are given to individuals, educational institutions, panchayats, voluntary agencies, government agencies and the corporate sectors. Each award carries a medallion, a citation and a cash component of Rs 50,000.

The  Mahavriksha Puraskar, instituted by the National Afforestation and Eco-development Board (NAEB) during 1993-94 is given every year to individuals/organisations for trees of notified species having the largest girth and height and in good health and vigour. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a plaque and a citation.

Rajiv Gandhi Environment Award for Clean Technology instituted in 1993, is given to industrial units that have made significant and measurable contributions towards development of clean technologies and innovative solutions to environmental problems created by industrial operations.

With the objective of encouraging original and applied research among Group ‘A’ scientists in the Ministry of Environment and Forests and its associated offices and autonomous bodies,  Paryavaran Evam Van Mantralaya Vishisht Vaigyanik Puraskar was instituted in 1992-93. The scheme provides every year for two awards worth Rs 20,000 each.

The  Pitambar Pant National Environment Fellowship Award instituted in 1978, is awarded annually to recognise, encourage and support excellence in any branch of research related to environmental science.

In recognition of the  Bishnoi community’s contribution to nature conservation and to encourage studies on desert ecology, the Ministry has instituted a Desert Ecology Fellowship at the University of Jodhpur.

Instituted in 1995, the B.P. Pal National Environment Fellowship Award for Biodiversity is in recognition of significantly important research and development contributions and is intended to encourage talented individuals to devote themselves whole time to R&D pursuits in the field of bio-diversity.

The  Rajiv Gandhi National Wildlife Conservation Award and Salim Ali/ Kailash Sankhla Fellowships were instituted recently by the Ministry for recognising eminent officers and field workers for exemplary work in the field of Wildlife Conservation and Research.

Award in the name of Amrita Devi Vishnoi has been instituted for showing valour and courage in protection of wildlife.



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