G D Birla International
New Delhi, India
G.D. Birla International Award for Outstanding Contribution
to Humanism was instituted by the Birla Academy of Art &
Culture in 1987, to be presented biennially.
In 1992, to widen its scope, the award was split into three
categories for Outstanding Contribution to: 1. Humanism, 2.
Uplift of Rural and Tribal Communities, 3. Preservation of India's
Heritage & Culture.
Nominations for these awards are invited through advertisements
in newspapers and directly from prominent personalities in different
walks of life.
All nominations are then screened by the Award Secretariat,
headed by the Convenor. A list of deserving candidates, with
their profiles are submitted to members of the Jury and final
selection is made at a meeting of the Jury headed by the Vice-President
The 2000 G.D. Birla International Award for Preservation of
India's Heritage & Culture has been awarded to Pramukh Swami
Maharaj and BAPS. The Jury for this year's award comprised of:
H.E. Krishna Kant - Vice-President of India, Dr. (Mrs.) Kapila
Vatsyayana, Dr. Raja Ramanna, Acharya Vishnukant Shastri and
Dr. L.M. Singhvi.
At a special presentation ceremony on 21 July 2001 the Vice-President
of India, H.E. Krishna Kant, made the presentation to Janak
Dave, on behalf of BAPS, at the residence of the Vice-President
in New Delhi.