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NITI Aayog & UN organized the 4th edition of Women Transforming India Awards 2019 in New Delhi; 15 women achievers conferred

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day i.e. on March 8, 2020, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog in collaboration with United Nations (UN) in India has organized the 4th Edition of the Women Transforming India (WTI) Awards 2019 in New Delhi. The theme for WTI awards 2019 was “Women and Entrepreneurship”. The awards were conferred by Defence Minister of India (or Raksha Mantri), Rajnath Singh who was the chief guest of an event.Women Transforming India Awards

  • WTI Awards 2019 received over 2,300 applications of which the Top 30 were shortlisted. Finally 15 WTA awards and 1 Jury award were presented during the occasion by Rajnath Singh.

Following is the table showing list of awardees.


Sr NoAwardeeWork Done by Awardee
1Dr Praveen Nair

(Jury Award)

Founder Trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust that has worked in rehabilitating over 81,000 destitute and homeless children. She received the Special Jury Award.
2Ramya VenkataramanFounder of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), which has created a certification framework that allows for assessing of teachers’ skills and competency.
3Shilpi KapoorFounder of BarrierBreak, a company focused on the accessibility of technology for differently-abled persons.
4Rinka BanerjeeFounder of Thinking Forks, a company with expertise in the food and nutrition industry which has allowed them to create products to combat acute malnutrition
5Nidhi PantHead of Science for Society team, a food technology company selling dehydrated vegetable snacks.
6Anupriya BalikaiHead of Spookfish Innovations, which has created a standard for products and ensure quality control for food packaging.
7Kalpana SankarThrough her organization Hand in Hand, she is empowering the impoverished women in India through capacity building and training.
8Khushboo JainShe has created ImpactGuru which is a crowdfunding platform that empowers individuals, NGOs and social enterprises, by helping them raise funds for healthcare, social, and personal needs, from family, friends as well as strangers.
9Sneha SundaramShe has developed Kutuki mobile app focuses on bridging the learning gap that exists in Indian pre-schools.
10Jayanti PradhanShe is agro-processor and farmer from Odisha who has been educating women in her community and equipping them with the tools and knowledge of mushroom farming.
11Jugnu JainFounder and CSO, of Sapien Biosciences which is addressing the need for tissue-banks in India by successfully using medical waste to create medical innovations.
12Pratyusha PareddyShe has started NemoCare which aims to combat infant mortality and promote neonatal care.
13Poonam Bir KasturiFounder of Daily Dump which is building products and services for decentralised waste management in homes, community offices and public spaces.
14Ruchi JainShe has launched Taru Naturals which focuses on sustainable agriculture and striving to empower a network of small-scale farmers.
15Sujata SahuHer 17000 ft Foundation is a social enterprise focused on providing education and exposure to the communities in the most rural and isolated regions of Ladakh.


Dr. Priyanka Mokshmar


Co-founder of Vaayu Home Appliances which provides economically affordable and environmentally feasible alternatives to traditional AC units across India.


Important Participants of the event: Ms. Debjani Ghosh, President, Nasscomm; Ms. Ani Choying Drolma, musician and women’s rights activist; and Ms. Chetna Gala Sinha, Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Bank and Foundation.

About WTI:

Initiated in 2016 by NITI Aayog, in partnership with MyGov and the UN India, the award recognizes women who are providing innovative developmental solutions for the empowerment of nation through their businesses and enterprises. Since 2018, the Awards have been hosted under the aegis of NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) with a special focus on entrepreneurship.

  • WEP, launched in 2018, is a forum dedicated to educating, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs and is premised on three pillars namely Iccha Shakti, Gyan Shakti and Karma Shakti.