Best Social Impact Projects
How do I fill the entry form?
Applications can be submitted only through the online application form. Start from Part 1 and fill up each part, following the examples and instructions. Please make sure the questions that require detailed answers are given in bullet form for ease of review by the jury.
It may be advisable to download the Submission document, take a print out, fill it up in consultation with your colleagues and use that to finally make the submission online. This will be especially needed if your Internet connection is unsteady.
Can I send multiple entries?
You can send in multiple entries only if you are applying for an award in multiple categories. For example: if your NGO works in health and education, you can apply for an award in both sectors, but you will have to fill up two separate entry forms.
Who can apply?
Submissions are invited from the NGOs between 2 to 20 years of field experience ONLY with annual budgets of not more than INR 10 crores. The competition is wide open to all who are registered as a Section8 Not for Profit Social Enterprise or a Non-Government Organization under
1. Societies Registration Act or,
2. Trust Act
Please note CSR Foundations are NOT eligible for these awards.
What are the evaluation criteria?
The following are the criteria on which your programme will be judged:
If you've been able to achieve qualitative benefits through a few or all of the above criteria and are able to provide quantifiable data to support the impact then you stand a good chance of winning the award.
What will the award be?
Winners in each of the four categories of the prestigious PoleStar Social Impact Award will receive a Citation, a Trophy and Rs.1 lakh in prize money.
What categories of work are eligible for awards?
Current ongoing initiatives will be considered for the award. Awards will be given for the 4 categories mentioned below. As examples, some types of activities are listed in each category.
1. Education: Examples: education of underprivileged, or challenged children; improving access or quality of education; teacher training; development of teaching aides; development and spread of curriculum; vocational or technical education centers; education in special fields like sports or music, etc.
2. Health: Examples: provision of low cost healthcare; provision or facilitation of basic healthcare to underprivileged sections; encouraging hygiene and other healthy practices; creating infrastructure for these; working for specific causes such as autism, palliative care, terminally ill, cancer treatment etc.
3. Livelihoods: Examples: any self-sustaining economic activity leading to income augmentation and employment creation, especially for under privileged sections including farmers, women, Dalits, youth, tribals; training in technologies
4. Empowerment: Examples: creating awareness and empowering communities on the above areas as well as areas such as Gram Panchayat governance and administration, Community Forest Rights entitlement, Government welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, , RTI, legal rights, social evils like dowry; communal harmony , gender, youth , tribal and national integration.
In case your work spans two or more issues, choose the category that represents maximum social impact. Alternatively apply for more than one category, but remember you will have to submit sep-arate application forms for each category.
Will the selection process be transparent and unbiased?
Yes, the selection process is transparent and unbiased. Names and key details of the winners will be uploaded in the PoleStar Awards website after the awards are declared.
Best Feature - IT, Business & Good News
What is the PoleStar Award?
The PoleStar Award celebrates excellence in IT and Business Journalism. It is a prestigious recognition for Indian journalists. This Annual Award pays tribute to the media citizens' contribution for their commitment to the nation and its people and also for tirelessly acting as a catalyst in disseminating quality information to the world.
When was The PoleStar Award started?
The PoleStar Foundation instituted The PoleStar Award in 1998 to celebrate Excellence in IT & Business Journalism.
Who is eligible for The PoleStar Award?
Only journalists who work with an Indian print or online publication are eligible for the Award.
What are the other criteria?
What is the procedure to be followed in case of multiple bylines?
What are the award categories?
The Categories are
Please Note: Stories on management and business strategies of IT companies should be nominated in the Business Journalism category.
What is the time period for nomination?
What are the stories eligible for being nominated under 'Best feature in IT Journalism' category?
Any article on Information Technology that has appeared in print or online medium is eligible. The stories need to be IT specific. Stories on management and business strategies of IT companies should be nominated in the Business Journalism category
What are the stories eligible for being nominated under 'Best feature in Business Journalism' category?
Any article on business / industry that has appeared in print or online medium is eligible. The stories need to be of interest to readers seeking business/ industry information.
Is the Award open to all publications?
The award is open only to Indian publications (print and online).
Does the entry have to be submitted by the publication or the journalist?
Journalists across the country may nominate themselves directly or get nominated by peers from the industry for the Award in any / category.
Can there be more than one entry per category by the same person?
A journalist is entitled to send TWO entries PER nomination category.
Can a freelancer nominate himself / herself?
Yes. A nominee can either be an IT writer, business writer, industry writer or a freelancer.
How does one send his / her nomination?
What are the parameters for judging an entry?
The nominated article is then rated on a scale of 1 - 10 by the jury using the following parameters:
Who comprises the panel of judges?
The PoleStar Award jury is an independent panel comprising respected, distinguished citizens, who will represent various walks of society. No member of The PoleStar Foundation, or their relatives, will be on the jury