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Barefoot College wins Blue Planet award

education Updated: Aug 03, 2011 11:11 IST

Barefoot College wins Blue Planet award
The Barefoot College won the Blue Planet Award for having demonstrated the effectiveness and impact of applying traditional knowledge and skills to develop communities and making them sustainable following Mahatma Gandhi's ideas of self sufficient, self sustained villages where communities respect their natural resources and manage their own environment. This year marks the 20th awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, the international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation, chaired by Tetsuji Tanaka. Two Blue Planet Prizes are awarded to individuals or organisations each year that make outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, and in so doing help to solve global environmental problems.

Dr Jane Lubchenco of the US won the other award for substantial contributions to the understanding of biodiversity and marine ecology and clear demonstration to the world of the importance of the social responsibility of scientists.

Lubchenco has accomplished brilliant academic research in marine ecology, expanding the field into new areas by combining the physical and biological sciences.
For the 2011 Blue Planet Prize a total of 800 nominators from Japan and 1,200 nominators from other countries recommended 89 candidates.

It is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious prize in the field of environment awarded in Japan. Both recipients will be awarded a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of $6,25,000.

Scholarship, mentorship programme expanded
Delhi-based Youth Empowerment Services, the CSR arm of a private company, is inviting applications for its scholarship and mentorship programme by August 7. The YES Achiever’s Scholarship Programme is a talent search initiative to mentor 20 students for high achievement. Each winner will be awarded R1500 a month from July 2011 to April 2012 and enrolled into the YES Achiever’s programme. This year YES has extended the programme to Hamdard Nagar, Delhi and to Aligarh.