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Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 conferred on ISRO
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 on Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on behalf of the organisation received the prize at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar received the honour which carries Rs one crore in cash, a plaque and a citation.
ISRO was chosen for the prestigious award in March 2015 for its contribution in development of space technology and satellite-based services, making space technology a catalyst of development of India and bringing societal transformation and provided the service to the common man and nation. About Gandhi Peace Prize Instituted in 1995 by Union Government as a part of the 125th birth anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi. Awarded annually to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods. The prize carries an award of one crore rupees, a plaque and a citation. Countering the challenges of scarce resources, limited technical manpower and physical infrastructure in the early years, ISRO has established operational space systems and services, attained self-reliance in development of indigenous technology and accomplished exemplary feats in space exploration.