2015

Vasundhara Sanman

Hanamantrao Gaikwad

Coming from a background of a farmer family from a small village Rahimatpur, Mr. HanamantraoGaikwad completed his graduation in Electronics Engineering with first class distinction with the help of the ‘earn and learn’ scheme. He founded Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) with a house keeping business and the group is now known to be among the best Facility Management brands, having over 45,000 employees especially from rural India. BVG family has spread over 70 locations all over India.

Vasundhara Mitra

Dhritiman Mukherjee

Dhritiman Mukherjee has been working on rare and challenging subjects, especially in India. He has travelled and photographed almost all national parks and bio-zones in India along with some major international wildlife destinations as well.His work has been published in print and digital media brands like BBC, National Geographic, New York Times, etc.

The Corbett Foundation

The Corbett Foundation (TCF) is a non – government, non – profit public charitable trust which works for the conservation of biodiversity. It has two centers – the main office is in Ramnagar (Corbett Tiger Reserve) and the other is in Kutch. TCF undertakes following programmes:- Wildlifeprogramme, Medical programme and an Awareness programme for school children and villagers.

Vidya Athreya

Vidya Athreya is a research associate at Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – India programme, Bangalore. She is an ecologist who has worked for the last 8 years on interactions between a large cat (the leopard) and humans when they share the same space. She is a recipient of the Kaplan Graduate award.

Eco Journalist

Abhijit Ghorpade

Working as a Senior Assistant Editor in Daily Loksatta, he has raised several issues related to environment, water, climate change and overall nature conservation through his columns and articles. He has received prestigious “Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism” in 2010 for in-depth news series on issues of rivers in Maharashtra. He has also penned 5 books which have received recognition.

Green Teachers Awards

Bharat Bhushan

Bharat Bhushan is a great combination of eminent birder, a passionate birdwatcher, a respected professor of environment planning and a trainer of the highest order. As the academic Dean of YASHADA, he has been successful in including the concern for Environment in the modules for the large number of decision makers of Maharashtra – who undergo training here.

Other Honours

Suresh Khanapurkar

On the banks of Arunavati River in Shirpur, Suresh Khanapurkar is working with a simple idea of groundwater conservation. His dedicated efforts have led to water storage and increased fertility in the drought hit regions like Shirpur. Khanapurkar’s focus is on eliminating the hindrances in the process of water absorption and he calls it ‘angioplasty in water conservation’. Today he is known as ‘Bhagirath’ of Shirpur.