New Delhi: The Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 has been awarded to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The Jury for the Prize met under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on March 27. The other members of the Jury were Justice H.L Dattu, Chief Justice of India, Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the single largest Opposition Party in the Lok Sabha ,L.K. Advani, Member of Parliament and Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), an organization of Government of India, is engaged in making space technology a catalyst of development to bring about societal transformation. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s mission is to provide the nation with space based services and to develop the technologies to achieve the same. Through the years, ISRO has upheld its mission of bringing space to the service of the common man and in the service of the nation. In the process it has become one of the six largest space agencies of the world.
ISRO contributes to the nation’s development through satellite based education, health care and connectivity to community activities for sustainable economic development. Besides this, ISRO through space technology has allowed for improved mapping of agricultural land and water-shed areas, providing advisories to fishing communities, giving information support for decentralized planning, creating data base of heritage sites, better climate and disaster management support and promoting knowledge based society, which has led to social, economic and political transformation through non-violence.