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19th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in IT Journalism
(magazine/newpaper/online media)
Best Feature in Business Journalism (magazines/newspapers/online media)

- Education
- Livelihood
- Health
- Empowerment

Jury Special Recognition
The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money for Best Feature in IT and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for Best Good News Feature

Golden Moments
Highlights of 19th PoleStar Awards
Best Feature in IT Journalism

Goutam Das

Goutam Das won the PoleStar Award for his article, ‘Going, Going, Gone: Automation can lead to unprecedented job cuts in India’, which appeared in Business Today

Goutam Das is a Senior Editor with Business Today. He is a teller of true stories, for which he uses data,reportage, and old-fashioned intelligence. In a career spanning over 16 years as a journalist, he has worked with publications such as The Financial Express and Dataquest. Goutam has won a bunch of awards, which includes two Shriram Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism, a PoleStar Award for IT Journalism, an IIMCAA Award for Developmental Journalism and the Citi Journalistic Excellence Award in 2017.His reportage includes the business of technology, manufacturing, smart cities, e-commerce, labour and skills.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

NS Ramnath

NS Ramnath won the PoleStar Award for his article, ‘Gigerenzer’s simple rules’, which appeared in Founding Fuel

NS Ramnath is a journalist with Founding Fuel, where he tracks trends in business and technology. He is also working on a book on Aadhaar, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Prior to Founding Fuel, Ramnath was with Forbes India and Economic Times. He has degrees in Economics and Financial Management from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.He is interested in technology, society, systems thinking and philosophy.

Best Good News Feature

Durba Ghosh

Durba Ghosh won the PoleStar Award for her article, ‘They learn from YouTube and pay via PayTM. Meet the Google girls of rural India’, which appeared in Tech in Asia

A business journalist with over a decade of experience, Durba Ghosh has gained ample expertise in covering the tech and startup industry over the years. She likes to fold in her knack for feature writing in long-form business stories, which is her forte. She has closely tracked corporate and thought leaders in the tech industry to put out effective storytelling. Durba is an expert at networking and communication mediums – including new age digital platforms as well as social media. A graduate from Delhi University, she also holds a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communications,Delhi.

Jury’s Special Recognition Award

Samar Srivastava

Samar Srivastava won the PoleStar Award for his article, ‘Cadbury's worms of graft: Whistleblower reveals all’, which appeared in Forbes India

Samar Srivastava is an associate editor with Forbes India covering corporate India.After studying law he vectored to journalism by accident and it is the only job he's done since.His main interests lie in the intersection of business and investing. In particular, he's interested in looking at what makes certain companies click and how best to value them across business cycles. In his decade long stint as a business reporter,he has reported on a variety of industries from retail and consumer goods to India's rapidly evolving auto sector and real estate. Prior to Forbes India, he worked at Mint and Businessworld magazine.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from NALSAR University and a Master’s degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

Best Social Impact Award – Education


Snehalaya has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact in Education

Snehalaya is a voluntary organisation started in 1989 in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, to impart education to a handful of children of sex workers and provide palliative care for people affected by AIDS. They serve over 25,000 beneficiaries each year, run 16 key projects across education, healthcare,rehabilitation and awareness

The organisation believes that everyone, no matter what their background or social standing, has the right to education. Through targeted programmes and campaigns, Snehalaya highlights the importance of education in healthcare, to help raise people out of poverty, to reduce levels in child trafficking and prostitution,and to help destigmatize class,disability and gender divides.

Best Social Impact Award – Empowerment

Sristi Foundation

Sristi Foundation has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact in Empowerment

Sristi a voluntary organisation in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, is striving to build a new world in about 30 acres of fertile land near Kunamangalam village. By empowering people with intellectual disabilities and those marginalised in their communities,Sristi is promoting inclusive development by engaging them in pastoral and farm-based activities. By owning the responsibility of construction of basic infrastructure to livelihood training and creating employment opportunities, Sristi is on its way to making the village self-sustaining and eco-friendly. Whilst Sristi is a secular organisation, it celebrates diversity and encourages members to explore and honour all faiths. Sristi is proving that long-term rehabilitation of specially challenged individuals through strong local and global networking is possible.

Best Social Impact Award – Health

Mohan Foundation

Mohan Foundation has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact in Health

The Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (Mohan) Foundation is a nongovernmental voluntary organisation based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, dedicated to organ harvesting and transplant. The organisation’s mission is to ensure that every Indian who is suffering from end-stage organ failure be provided with the ‘gift of life’ through a life saving organ.Their pioneering efforts range from creating public awareness on organ donation, counselling the donors’ families, creating transplant co-ordinators and industry-ready professionals for the transplant community. As of date the Foundation’s public education initiatives are helping a minimum of 20,000 people directly and 200,000 indirectly, every year. They train at least 300 transplant coordinators every year. The organisation has created more than 1500 industry ready professionals for the transplant community with 6000 organs and tissues being transplanted to needy patients from deceased donors. Organ waiting list web registries have been set up in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Rajasthan for organ procurement,distribution and transplantation.

Best Social Impact Award – Livelihood

Tarun Chetna Sansthan

Tarun Chetna has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact in Livelihood

Tarun Chetna is a development organisation based in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, focused on changing the life of the poor and the marginalised. It was formed by a group of youth with a strong influence of the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and in is beliefs of equality and social justice. The organisation put its strength behind the mobilization of disadvantaged people, helping them gain access to information, influence decision making and use the available resource effectively to improve their status.

The organisation also works to empower women by promoting and training them in the field of agriculture.Tarun Chetna runs campaigns on gender equality, educating them on their economic and social empowerment and the value of the girl child. Effective community mobilisation programmes are conducted through community meetings to assess their needs and to ensure their participation. Tarun Chetna has made a visible difference on the ground by training farmers in science based agriculture. The yield has been remarkably improved after Tarun Chetna’s intervention. A dairy processing unit has been set up to generate employment for the community and to use milk as a value generation product.


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