Deep Joshi Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award

Started by jayanthi mandhalapu, Aug 06, 2009, 01:59 AM

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Social activist Deep Joshi has been chosen for the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award. Congratulaing him, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said that his work would inspire others to dedicate their lives for rural upliftment.

Manmohan Singh praised Joshi for "his leadership and innovation in the area of rural development and livelihood projects".

The prime minister said that Joshi had made India proud, and hoped that his work would inspire others to dedicate their lives to the cause of rural empowerment and uplift through voluntary service, the Prime Minister's Office said.

The 62 year old Joshi is the co-founder of the Professional Assistance for Development Action (Pradan) .The organisation works all over India for the rural development. It helps in developing locally suitable economic activities and introducing systems to improve livelihoods of rural people.

He was chosen for this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award for his pioneering work in the development of rural communities.

Joshi holds a double Master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in management from the Sloan School.
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