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Over the years, with its unbiased selection procedure and a jury which needs no second mention selecting the awardees on a fair basis, Champions of Change award has established itself as the country’s premiere award.
There have been several instances where awardees themselves have accepted that it is truly a privilege to be honoured with an award which has been founded on the basis of truth and dignity.
Champions of Change is one award where the awardees are not only influential personalities or celebrities, there are people who come from a humble background and they have done so much for the society that they deservingly are honoured with this award and there is no award like this where a chief minister of a state share the same dias with a common man. This is what makes it the country’s top honour.
Some of the few examples which include common people are Late Social activist Sindhutai Sapkal, Nana Patole, Suresh Jain and many others who are the true champions of change and were deservingly honoured with this award.
Moreover, the jury of Champions of Change award makes it more special as the jury includes Former Chief Justice of India. There is no jury where the former chief justice is a jury member and they precisely and with an unbiased approach select the awardees which is truly special.
Champions of Change is an Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, (Swachata), community service and social development (in Aspirational districts in India), selected by constitutional jury members headed by K. G. Balakrishnan Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairman NHRC, and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India.
Interactive Forum on Indian Economy (IFIE) annually organizes Champions of Change Award at National and State-level in India and is usually presented by the President, Vice-President of India, Governor of State or the constitutional persons of India. From this year onwards, this award will be organized internationally at Washington DC, USA by the name of ‘Global Champion of Change’. Advocate Nandan Jha is the founder and Chairman of Champions of Change Award.
First edition: 26 December 2018, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
The inaugural Champions of Change Award was held on 26th December 2018 and the then Vice-President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu felicitated the awardees. The notable awardees included Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh and Sadhwi Niranjan Jyoti.
Second edition: 20 January 2020, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
The second edition took place on 20 January 2020 and Former President of India Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee felicitated the awardees. The notable awardees included Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Former Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia, Union Minister Anurag Thakur, Swami Avdheshanand Giri ji Maharaj and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
Third edition: 16 April 2021, Goa
The third edition took place at Taj Resort & Convention Centre, Goa on 16th April 2021 with the then Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the Chief Guest and notable awardees included Goa CM Pramod Sawant, Union Minister of State Shripad Naik, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, Veteran Actress Hema Malini and Famous Playback Singer Sonu Nigam.
Fourth edition: 26 February 2023
The fourth edition took place at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 26th February 2023 with Former President Shri Ram Nath Kovind as the Chief Guest and notable awardees included Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Revolutionary Dr Laxmi Sehgal, Legendary Author Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Indian Classical Singer Chhannulal Mishra and Param Vir Chakra Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar among others.
Champions of Change Maharashtra
The state level award Champions of Change Maharashtra was organized on 30th September 2021 at Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai with the then Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari as the Chief Guest and the notable awardees included Devendra Fadnavis, Dilip Walse-Patil, Nana Patole, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Champions of Change Telangana
Champions of Change Telangana Award was organized on 25th February 2022 at Taj Deccan-Kohinoor Hall in Hyderabad, Telangana and the notable awardees included Dr. D. Nageshwara Reddy, P V Sindhu, Rameswar Rao Jupally, Jayesh Ranjan, Anjani Kumar, Allu Arjun, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu.
Champions of Change Madhya Pradesh
Champions of Change Madhya Pradesh was organized on 12th April 2022 at Kushabhau Thakre Hall, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh with Hon’ble Governor of Madhya Pradesh Shri Mangubhai Patel as the Chief Guest and the notable awardees included Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Aziz Qureshi, Tijan Bai, Vikram Verma, Syed Zafar Islam, Malini Gaur, Dilip Suryavanshi, Girish Agarwal, Bhagirathi Prasad, Piyush Mishra, Banwari Lal Chouksey, and Divyanka Tripathi.
Champions of Change Haryana
Champions of Change Haryana was organized on 2nd October 2022 at Hyatt Regency, Chandigarh with Hon’ble Governor of Haryana Shri Bandaru Dattatreya as the Chief Guest and the notable awardees included Manohar Lal Khattar, Kartikeya Sharma, Kanwal Singh Chauhan, Deepa Malik, Babita Phogat, Nitu Ghanghas, Yashpal Sharma and Richa Sharma.