Laureate: Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health (SEARCH)
The Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) was founded in 1986 by Drs. Abhay and Rani Bang. SEARCH is a non-governmental organisation operating in the semi-tribal district of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. In an area ridden with poverty and lacking developmental infrastructure, SEARCH has made honourable advancements in providing healthcare to a vast section of a predominantly rural and tribal population. They have worked towards providing gynaecological support, like neonatal and infant care, training community health workers, and successfully running social awareness campaigns against tobacco and drug use. Their innovative models have been incorporated by multiple state and national institutions, as well as inspiring a global-scale impact with their trained community health workers aiding 77 countries in their child health management programmes.
Laureate: Prof. Navakanta Bhat
Professor Navakanta Bhat, Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore), is being honoured for his immense contribution to scientific research and technological development of nano-electronics, with the aim of bridging the healthcare divide in India. He initiated research in electrochemical biosensors for early diagnosis of chronic diseases like diabetes, anaemia, malnutrition, and liver and kidney diseases. PathShodh Healthcare, founded by Prof. Navakanta Bhat and Dr. Vinay Kumar, works towards making healthcare diagnosis affordable and accessible. Their innovations include the first-of-its-kind platform in the world, anuPathTM, which is a Lab-on-Palm device capable of performing multiple tests. Prof. Navakanta’s work has already spread across 12 states, impacting more than 50,000 lives.
Laureate: Professional Assistance Development Action (PRADAN)
Professional Assistance and Development Action (PRADAN) is one of India’s foremost agencies working on large-scale rural poverty alleviation.Founded in 1983 with a belief that the extent, diversity and endemic character of Indian poverty requires the brightest to engage with the poorest, PRADAN has expanded to a nationwide scale. As of September 30, 2022, PRADAN works with 1 million families in 9,377 villages spread across 41 districts, 124 Blocks in 7 States. PRADAN has a plan for a five-fold growth and aims to ensure the prosperity and well-being of 50 million rural population by 2030. Blending climate action with rural livelihoods, PRADAN has also influenced state governments and private foundations to invest significantly in climate-special initiatives. PRADAN has a plan for a five-fold growth and aims to ensure the prosperity and well-being of 50 million rural population by 2030.
Laureate: Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey
Currently the Chairperson of National Financial Reporting Authority, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey spearheaded the Aadhaar and UPI payments initiatives, reformed and simplified taxation, and implemented a new tax regime like the GST within just three years. During his tenure as the Finance Secretary of India, a radical new initiative was launched, the Faceless assessment and appeals scheme. This initiative has eliminated the possibility of corruption in the process of tax assessment by a substantial margin and opened the possibility of using digital means to counter corruption and strengthen ethical governance. His efforts are remarkable in strengthening transparency in governance and improving accessibility of governance, equally, for all citizens of India.