Council of Advisors


To advise and guide the Foundation in the matters of operation of the scheme of Awards, a Council of Advisers has been constituted.

Late Dr. Shriman Narayan, well-known educationist and Gandhian worker, was the first Chairman of the Council. Thereafter, Justice Shri M. Hidayatullah, Former Vice-President of India, who was on the Council since the begining, took over as its Chairman until his sad demise on 18th September, 1992. Shri C. Subramaniam, Former Union Minister and Governor of Maharashtra and President of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, was the Chairman till 11.5.1999. Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Former High Commissioner of India in U.K. and MP, was Chairman of the Council until his sad demise on 6th October, 2007. Dr. P.C. Alexander, Former M.P. (Rajya Sabha), Former Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and Former High Commissioner of India in U.K., was the Chairman till 10th February, 2011. Dr. Justice C.S. Dharmadhikari, Conferred Status of Sitting Judge of High Court, is the present Chairman of the Council.

Members of the Council are:

  • Dr. Justice C.S. Dharmadhikari (Conferred Status of Sitting Judge of the Bombay High Court)
  • Ms. Anu Aga (Director, Thermax Limited, Pune)
  • Ms. Radha Bhatt (Trustee, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust)
  • Mr. Naresh Chandra (Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India and Former Ambassador of India to USA)
  • Ms. Pheroza Godrej (President, National Society of the Friends of the Trees)
  • Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar (Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapith and Distinguished Professor in Gandhian Philosophy)
  • Dr. R.A. Mashelkar FRS (National Research Professor, Chairman, National Innovation Foundation and President, Global Research Alliance)
  • Dr. Anil Kakodkar (The Indian National Academy of Engineering, Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence, BARC)
  • Dr. S.N. Subba Rao (Director, National Youth Project)
  • Mr. Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy (Founder, Director, The Social Work and Research Centre, Barefoot College)
  • Ms. Supriya Sule (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Director, Yashaswini Abhiyan)
  • Dr. M.S. Swaminathan (Founder Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of India)
  • Dr. Mariamma A. Varghese (Former Vice-Chancellor, S.N.D.T. Women’s University)
  • Ms. Minal Bajaj (Hon. Director, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation)
  • Ms. Shubhangi Karkannavar (Secretary, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation)

All the Trustees and the Hon. Director are ex-officio members of the Council.