President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in recognition of its services in transforming India through the use of space technology and space based services at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar received the honour which carries Rs one crore in cash, a plaque and a citation.
Keys about ISRO
- ISRO Headquarter – Antariksh Bhavan,Bangalore
- ISRO is now one of the six largest space agencies of the world.
- ISRO the fourth space agency in the world to reach Mars.
- Built an indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) which is one of the most sought after launch vehicles in its class across the world.
- It has achieved 29 successful flights of the PSLV launching not only Indian satellites but also 45 satellites of 19 other countries.”
- ISRO has also successfully built the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) with an indigenous cryogenic engine.
- ISRO scripting space history on September 24, 2014 by successfully placing the Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan around Mars in its first attempt.
About Gandhi Peace Prize
- GOI launched the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi.
- The award carries Rs 1 Crore (10 million) in cash, convertible in any currency in the world, a plaque and a citation.
- First awardee : Julius Nyerere
- Total awarded : 13
- Jury consisting of the Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of India and two other eminent persons decides the awardee each year.