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19th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in Technology Journalism
Best Feature in Business Journalism
Best Good News Feature
Best Social Impact Projects in 4 different categories:

- Education
- Livelihood
- Health
- Empowerment

The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money each for Best Feature in Technology and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for Best Good News Feature
Rs. 1 lakh prize money for each category - Education, Livelihood, Health and Empowerment

Golden Moments
Highlights of 20th PoleStar Awards
Best Feature in Technology Journalism

Shyamanuja Das

Shyamanuja Das won the PoleStar Award for his article, Decoding Digital Transformation In India, which appeared in CIO & Leader

Shyamanuja Das has more than two decades of experience in business journalism and research. Starting his career with Voice & Data, a telecom publication, he went on to become the editor of Dataquest, India's oldest IT publication, which he ran for five years. Now, he runs multiple publications at 9.9 Group that includes CIO & Leader for the CIO community; IT NEXT for the next level IT leaders and CSO Forum for the enterprise information and cyber security professionals.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

Pratap Vikram Singh

Pratap Vikram Singh won the PoleStar Award for his article, A tangled wireless tale, which appeared in Governance Now

For Pratap, plunging into journalism was not a childhood dream or pursuit for becoming one of star TV reporters. It was a TV show on NDTV, discussing the role of media in a democracy, that motivated him to go to Delhi for the scribe training. In his ten years of experience as a reporter, he undertook deep analysis of telecom, electronics and information technology industries, reported on lack of effective governance in social sector and the efficacy of public policy interventions related to a wide range of issues.

Best Good News Feature

Adrija Bose

Adrija Bose won the PoleStar Award for her article, In This Haryana Village, There Is A Woman Footballer In Nearly Every Home, which appeared in HuffPost India

Adrija Bose has worked as a digital journalist for over seven years and has written extensively on issues relating to gender, art & culture, and human rights. She started her career at Firstpost and has worked at NDTV, HuffPost India. She is currently working with CNN-News18 as an Associate Editor. She is the recipient of South Asia Laadli Award (2017) for her stories on Kashmiri women's battle against mental health, India's first female Islamic clerics, and Haryana's girls who play football.

Best Social Impact Award – Education


Katha has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact organization in Education

Started in 1988 with a magazine for children from the underserved communities, Katha's work spans the literacy to literature continuum. By seamlessly connecting grassroots work in education and urban resurgence, Katha brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education. Over the past three decades, through its many programmes, Katha continues to help over one million children help themselves out of poverty.

Best Social Impact Award –Health

Sankara Eye Foundation

Sankara Eye Foundation has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact organization in Health

Founded in 1998 by Murali Krishnamurthy, K. Sridharan, and Sridharan's neighbor Ahmad Khushnood with the help of their first donor, HariharaMoorthy.Sankara Eye Foundation has risen to great heights from its humble beginnings. On the urging by of their uncle Mr. P. Balasubramaniam, brothers Murali and Sridharan became motivated to help Sankara Eye Hospital run by Dr.R.V. Ramani, whose mission headquarters is in Coimbatore, India.

Best Social Impact Award – Empowerment

SGBS Unatti Foundation

SGBS Unatti Foundation has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact organization in Empowerment

Unnati is an initiative of the Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust (SGBS). SGBS, founded in 1978, has been in the forefront in bringing best of art and cultural programs 'Utsav' to the general public in Bangalore. In the early nineties, the Trust initiated programs to reach educational benefits to the economically underprivileged sections of our society under the program 'Shiksha'.

Best Social Impact Award – Livelihood

Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation

Kamalnayan Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation has won the PoleStar Award for Best Social Impact organization in Livelihood

Wardha is a land of prominent personalities - Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba and Jamnalalji Bajaj. Jamnalalji was a man of the people - "a fisher of men who had the knack of gathering people around him and inspiring them with his idealism." Very active during India's freedom struggle, Jamnalalji was a philanthropist who delighted in donating most of his wealth for worthy causes. From the beginning, Jamnalalji was always more involved in social and philanthropic activities rather than business. Hemade Wardha the centre for Gandhiji's economic and social development programmes. He established the Satyagraha Ashram in Wardha in 1921 and brought VinobaBhave to the Wardha Ashram to nurture it into a national institution.

Jury’s Special Recognition Award

Centre for Action Research and Peoples Development (CARPED)

CARPED has won the PoleStar Special Award for Best Social Impact organization in Health

Protecting vulnerable tribal women from coerced hysterectomies (surgical removal of uterus) and tribal children from coerced appendicitis by preventing unnecessary hysterectomies among young women & appendicitis among children through awareness and advocacy .

There is a decline of around 5000 surgeries every year in Arogyasri alone and the number could be much large in private hospitals in the state, hence saving of minimum of 30,000 for family or preventing indebtedness, savings on monthly expenditure of around Rs.1000 on post hysterectomy treatment.


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