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ILC-I applauds those who bring quality of life to the elderly, with its annual ILC-I Awards which recognize qualitative work done in the field of ageing by/for elders.

The annual ILC-I awards are a salute to the dynamism and enterprising spirit of organizations, individuals and other stakeholders advocating the noble cause of senior citizens.

ILC-I is committed to recognizing all those who work for the cause of senior citizens for which the ILC-I Awards have been instituted since 2010.

There are three sets of ILC-I Awards

- The first set of Awards are the late B. G. Deshmukh Award: in this there are two categories- an Award for a senior citizens’ organisation for “Promoting Qualitative Excellence in Ageing” for excellent work done by it for the well-being and development of senior citizens in particular and of society in general. Two senior citizens’ organisations were chosen for these Awards for the year 2016.

- The second category under the late B. G. Deshmukh Awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award given to a senior citizen over the age of 70 years for commendable work done by him/her in the field of arts including music and dance, culture, sports, literature, education, science and technology, medicine, social work etc. Two senior citizens over the age of 70 years were given this Award and a special ILC-I Commendation Award was also given this year.

- The second ILC-I Award is the late Dr. S. D. Gokhale Award given to a journalist for “Promoting Qualitative Journalism in Ageing’. This year the Award was given to Ms. Arati Rajan Menon, Editor, Harmony magazine, for her regular writings in the print media on the various issues and concerns of the senior citizens with a view to empowering the elderly to lead Participatory, Productive, Qualitative and Healthy Lives with Dignity.

Each of the above Awards carries a cash prize, a citation and a memento. The Awards were given away by the renowned industrialist and philanthropist, Ms. Lila Poonawala on the 30th of November 2016 at the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune.

- The third ILC-I Award is the late Anjani Mashelkar Inclusive Innovation Award given under the aegis of the ILC-I Awards, and is meant for scientists/technologists who develop cost-effective products/services for the poor old. It is instituted by the President of ILC-I, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, in memory of his late mother, Anjani Mashelkar. For the year 2016, this Award which carries a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh, a citation and  a memento was given to Mr. Mihir Shah of UE Life Sciences for the innovative gadget,  the ‘I-breast exam’.

This Award was given by Dr. Vikas Amte, the reputed social activist and doctor who caters exclusively to the leprosy-affected people on the 17th of November 2016.

Written by Anjali Raje, Executive Director, ILC-I

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Three University of Tokyo undergraduates, who were in New York in mid-February to participate in the UN Commission on Social Development 55th session, called on Ms. Muriel Beach, ILC Global Alliance’s representative to the UN, to exchange views and perspectives on global aging and intergenerational relations. Their student volunteer program at the UN was recommended by the ILC Japan and coordinated by the ILC GA’s New York team.

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