The International Longevity Centre- India (ILC-I), is committed to recognizing all those who work for the cause of senior citizens for which the ILC-I Awards have been instituted since 2011.
ILC-I applauds those, who bring quality of life to the elderly, with its annual ILC-I Awards.
These Awards comprise three categories-
- The late Smt. Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award which is a national award for scientists/technologists who develop innovative cost-effective products/services for the poor old giving true meaning and value for what we call ‘affordable excellence’. It carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.
- The late Shri B. G. Deshmukh Awards are for senior citizens organizations for “Promoting Qualitative Excellence in Ageing” and the Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar (Lifetime Achievement Award) to a senior citizen over the age of 70 years. These awards carry a citation each and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 5000/- respectively.
- The Dr. S. D. Gokhale Award for ‘Promoting Qualitative Journalism in Ageing” given to a journalist who advocates the cause of the elderly through his/her writings. This award carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-.
All these awards are a salute to the dynamism and enterprising spirit of organizations, individuals and other stakeholders advocating this noble cause of senior citizens and have been instituted through the personal donations made by Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Late Shri Deshmukh and late Dr. S.D. Gokhale.
The third ILC-I Awards ceremony was held on the 17th of November 2014, in Pune at the Auditorium, MDC, YASHADA, Baner Road, Pune.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr. D. R. Mehta, Pioneer of the Jaipur Foot and the Founder of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS).
Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, President, ILC-I presided over the function.
Mr. Jayant Umranikar, Chairman, ILC-I welcomed the distinguished guests.
The winners of the ILC-I Awards 2014 are:
- The Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award was given to Jairaj Chintamani for his innovation Diasense which is a non-invasive device which pinpoints high risk ulcer prone zones in the feet, by measuring the neuropathy and predicting possible ulcers with almost 90% accuracy in patients suffering from diabetes, leprosy and multiple sclerosis, and thus helping the physician to initiate preventive measures and help prevent the formation of foot ulcers and gangrene development, potentially helping the patient avoid an amputation. This is specially useful in case of elderly diabetic patients in whom very often the warning symptoms are absent, creating complications due to age.
The late Shri B. G. Deshmukh Awards were given to the Jyestha Nagrik Sangha (JNS), Mulund (East), Mumbai and to Shri R. H. Belavadi , IAS (retd.) . The JNS has been rendering yeoman services to the elderly and to society, by providing economic support to Adivasi tribals, giving free library services, providing identification cards to more than 10,000 senior citizens amongst many of their other activities.
- The late Dr. S. D. Gokhale Award was given to Ms. Madhuri Tamhane, of Loksatta, Mumbai for being a vociferous advocate of the cause of senior citizens through her in-depth writings in the print media and creating awareness on the issue of population ageing in society.
SPONSORS OF THE PROGRAMME:
ILC-I thanks its sponsors for the programme-
The Indian Overseas Bank, P. N. Gadgil Jewellers (Dajikaka Enterprises), Mrs. Mrunalini & Mr. Ashok Gupte for their invaluable support for the programme.