The Swami Rama Humanitarian Award is awarded by the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust at the annual anniversary of Swami Rama’s mahasamadhi, 13 November 1996. The award entails a citation, gold medal, and cash. The Swami Rama Humanitarian Award is conferred upon institutions or individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions in economic, environmental, scientific, social and spiritual development of humanity. An individual or an institution, who has rendered service for social, economic and political transformation for amelioration of human sufferings, especially for the less privileged sections of society, would be considered for the award by the jury.
List of Recipients
2017 – Dr. Pankaj Shah, Managing Trustee of Sewa Rural, a voluntary development organisation involved in health and development activities in rural tribal area of Bharuch and Narmada districts of South Gujarat, was awarded Rs. 5 lakhs, a gold medal and a citation.
2016 – Dr. Vibha Gupta, Director of the Rural Women Technology Center, a wing of Magan Sangrahalaya, Wardha (Maharastra) was bestowed with the Swami Rama Humanitarian Award 2016 consisting of a gold medal, citation and a cash award of rupees five lakhs in recognition of her efforts in developing appropriate technologies for the emancipation of rural populations.
2015 – Shri Vinayak Lohani, West Bengal’s Parivar Ashram’s Founder Director, for his work towards the total care and overall development of children who are highly vulnerable to exploitation, victimization and trafficking, including orphans, street children, abandoned children, and extremely impoverished children from tribal areas.
2014 – Shri Vivek Sawant, Managing Director and co-founder of the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. (MKCL) Shri Vivek Sawant, Managing Director and co-founder of the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. (MKCL), in recognition of his contributions in the fields of Information Technology, eEducation, eGovernance and eEmpowerment of communities.
2013 – Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi Dr. Shiv Kumar Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, was awarded the Swami Rama Humanitarian Award for 2013.
2012 – Sanmati Bal Niketan, Pune, Maharaastra Sindhu Tai Sapkal, who is fondly called the Mother of Orphans, was awarded the prestigious Swami Rama Humanitarian Award by the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, which entailed a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh, citation, and gold medal.
2011 – Divya Prem Sewa Mission Niyas, Haridwar Divya Prem Sewa Mission Niya s, Haridwar, for providing commendable services for the past several years to leprosy patients. Sri Ashish Gautam the President of the Mission received the award.
2010 – Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health (SEARCH), Maharashthra Swami Rama Humanitarian Award was given to the Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) in recognition of its innovative village health care and research programs in 150 villages of Gadchiroli, one of the most underdeveloped districts of Maharashtra. Dr. Abhay Bang, Founder/Director of SEARCH, was present to receive the award.
2009 – Thutak Nunpuitu Team (TNT), Mizoram This nonprofit, voluntary organization works for the downtrodden and marginalized members of the populations of Mizoram and neighboring states by running centers like de-addiction center, mental asylum and orphanage. Mr. Alex, Secretary of the organization received the award.
2008 – Vikas Bharati, Bishunpur, Jharkand The Swami Rama Humanitarian Award 2008 was given to Vikas Bharati, Bishunpur, Jharkand. Mr. Ashok Bhagat, Director of this organization received the award which consisted of cash, gold medal, and citation. This nonprofit, voluntary organization works for the underprivileged and down trodden rural areas and tribals of Jharkand.
2007 – All India Pingalwara Charitable Society of Amritsar, Punjab This society is known for its charitable work for the betterment of the destitute and mentally challenged. The award was received by Bibi Dr. Inderjeet Kaur.
2006 – Vivekananda Youth Movement, Kerala This organization received the award for its inspiration work in developing the tribal areas of Kerala, South India. Dr. R. Bala Subrahmanian, President of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, was present to accept the award.
2005 – Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt, Uttarakhand Shri Chandi Prasad Bhatt – for his exemplary services in the field of eco-development with community participation.
2004 –Late Shri J.N. Kaul, SOS Children’s Village of India, New Delhi Late Shri J. N. Kaul, President – SOS Children’s Village of India – for the welfare of poor children.
2003 –Shri Sunder Lal Bahuguna, Uttarakhand Shri Sunder Lal Bahuguna – a noted Environmentalist.