Abu Dhabi: It is with great honour that India Social and Cultural Centre Abu Dhabi (ISC), Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardee has
received a second time the prestigious award “Mahatma Award 2020- for COVID 19 Humanitarian Effort” in the name of our Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhiji today (30.01.2021) morning at New Delhi. Award was received by Yogish Prabhu K., Hon. President of ISC from Shallu Jindal, Chairperson JSPL Foundation along with Amit Sachdeva, founder of Mahatma Award held in the India Int. Center, New Delhi. Manish Sisodia, Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi has graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
ISC has been recognized by the Jury for the “Mahatma Award for COVID-19 Humanitarian Effort” during the pandemic period in Abu Dhabi.
ISC has done the following community services during the pandemic situation:
Free medical consultation
Supply of essential groceries
Supply of essential medicines
Supply of PPE
Helping hand to Indian Authorities and Indian associations
Provision of free Accommodation and Air tickets
Vande Bharat Mission – Air India Express Ticketing Counter
Boosting mental & physical health of entire Indian Diaspora during COVID-19 Pandemic
STATISTICS OF COVID RELIEF CAMPAIGN
10000+ Awareness calls
1000+ Medical Consultations
50000+ Served with Food kits
100+ Air tickets distributed.
1000+ Supplied Sanitizers, masks, relief medicines, etc,.
2000+ PPE Kits distributed
The Mahatma Award :
The Mahatma Award is founded and constituted by Amit Sachdeva, more famously known as ‘The CSR Man of India’. Sachdeva is a stout Gandhian and echoes the principles of Mahatma Gandhi. Amit Sachdeva, the Indian Social Entrepreneur and philanthropist is an expert in the subject matter of corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Sachdeva played a pivotal role in lobbying for the CSR Bill, 2013 and continues to invest in various NGO and NPOs across the world.
The Mahatma Award is supported by the Aditya Birla Group to honour the winners every year. Rajashree Birla along with Amit Sachdeva present the award each year at the ceremony. The Aditya Birla Group has a long-standing history with Mahatma Gandhi himself as well as his principles. The Birla group has had close ties with Mahatma Gandhi. To continue his legacy and recognize the deserving organizations, Aditya Birla Group continues to aid the Mahatma Award.
Mahatma Award continues to honour the most accomplished sustainable, responsible, and social efforts and initiatives within the private, public, and development sector. The initiatives range from sustainability to philanthropy to shared value to social impact to corporate social responsibility in different parts of the world.
Since its inception, the Mahatma Award has honoured more than 250 change-making organizations and impact leaders across various categories and sectors. Some of the notable past recipients are Ratan Tata, TATA Group, Rajashree Birla, Aditya Birla Group, Google Ad Grants at Google, IBM Foundation, Twitter for Good, Microsoft, Reliance Foundation, Piramal Foundation, Renew Power, ITC, L&T Technologies, Tech Mahindra Foundation, Hero Motocorp, Oil India, Bharathi Cement, Keysite Technologies, Capgemini, Cadence, Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, JSPL Foundation, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF), Magic Bus India, Save the Children, Feeding America, Americares, Taawon, Microfund for Women, Habitat for Humanity, Hague Business Agency, Plan International, and many more leading organizations and individuals.
With all humility, the President and Managing Committee of ISC congratulate each and every one of ISC members, families, for making our dear ISC proud through their commitment and service to the Indian community over the last five decades. On your behalf and on behalf of our colleagues in the Managing Committee, we express our sincere thanks to the Mahatma Award Committee.
The journey of the last five decades was not an easy one. This is an important moment to recognize the Founding Members of the Centre, who struggled and strived to establish a small entertainment facility for their brothers and sisters back in 1967. We salute the ISC leadership of yesteryears who had spent their personal time and money to develop and improve the facilities over time. We take this opportunity to thank Padmashree Dr Yusuff Ali M.A Our Chairman, Patron Governors and General Governors for their continued support and guidance to achieve excellence in our efforts. And it goes without saying that our, dear members and your families are the lifelines of ISC, helping keep the Centre live throughout.
Most importantly, we would like to express our deepest gratitude and respect for the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Zayed who treated the Indian Community at par with the people of this blessed nation and allotted a piece of land to construct our community Centre five decades ago. Needless to say that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, our President and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, are extending the same love and care for our Community and we are greatly indebted for their benevolence.
This award is recognition of the commitment of the Indian Community in Abu Dhabi to uphold our culture and values and support each other through their kinship.