Award Programme Foundation, India - Trustees

Chairperson: Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai (born 1957) is the Chief Executive Officer of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation India branches. She is the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School.
Fortune magazine listed Kidwai among the World's Top 50 Corporate Women from 2000 to 2003. According to the Economic Times, she is the first woman to head the operations of a foreign bank in India.
She began her career in banking with ANZ Grindlays Bank (acquired by Standard Chartered Bank in 2000)and then moved on to head the Indian operations of Morgan Stanley. She left Morgan Stanley in 2002 to join HSBC India as head of its investment banking business. In May 2005, she was named country head of the HSBC Group in India.
She has been awarded with Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian honours bestowed by the Government of India. The announcement was made by Rashtrapati Bhawan on 26 Jan 2007. Naina has got the honour for her exemplary work in the promotion of Trade and Industry.
Naina Lal is a Chartered Accountant and pursued an MBA at Harvard Business School. Her mother is the sister of industrialist Lalit Mohan Thapar. Her cousin, Gautam Thapar currently manages Ballarpur Industries Ltd, one of the largest manufacturers of paper in the country. Naina is married to Rashid Kidwai who runs the NGO, Digital Partners.
Naina Lal Kidwai is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India.

Mr. Anand Mahindra
Mr. Anand G. Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group, graduated from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Magna cum Laude (High Honours). In 1981 he secured an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts. He returned to India that year and joined Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Limited (MUSCO), the country's foremost producer of speciality steels, as Executive Assistant to the Finance Director. In 1989 he was appointed President and Deputy Managing Director of the company.
Mr. Mahindra is the recipient of the following awards:
'Knight of the Order of Merit' by the President of the French Republic.
Rajiv Gandhi Award 2004 for outstanding contribution in the business field.
2005 Leadership Award from the American India Foundation for his, and the Mahindra Group's commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Person of the Year 2005 from Auto Monitor
CEO of the Year from India Brand Summit 2006
CNBC Asia Business Leader Award and India Business Leader Award for the year 2006
NDTV Profit Car & Bike Award 2007 for Automobile Man of the Year
Mr. Anand Mahindra is a Member of the following organisations:
1. Harvard Business School - Asia-Pacific Advisory Board
2. Harvard Business School - Member of the Board of Dean's Advisors
3. Harvard University Asia Centre - Advisory Committee
4. Harvard Business School - Advisory Council of the Initiative on Corporate Governance
5. Harvard Business School India Research Centre Society - Founder Member
6. Asia Business Council
7. International Enterprise Singapore - 2nd India Advisory Panel
8. Microsoft India - Advisory Board
9. National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), Government of India - Council and Executive Committee
10. The Nehru Centre, Mumbai - Executive Committee
11. National Council of Applied Economic Research
12. National Institute of Bank Management, Pune - Governing Board

Dr. Sanat Kaul
Dr. Sanat Kaul has the Bachelor and Masters degrees in Economics from the Delhi University, Masters of Science degree in Social Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics (LSE), and holds a PhD degree in Economics from LSE. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Air and Space Law from the McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Sanat Kaul has several years of experience in the aviation sector. He was the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India with responsibility for management and administration of all aspects of International Civil Aviation including bilateral relations with other countries as well as with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In addition, he was responsible for management and administration of (i) privatization/long-term leasing of the major international airports and; (ii) construction of new green-field airports. He was also a member of the Board of Airport Authority of India and a member of the Steering Committee for the Bangalore Greenfield Airport. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Air India. Dr. Sanat Kaul gained experience in addressing global concerns/issues facing the aviation sector as Representative of India to the Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada from September 2002 to September 2005. Dr. Kaul recently retired as the Chairman and Managing Director, Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) and Principal Secretary(Public Relations), Govt. of NCT of Delhi. As Chairman and Managing Director, Delhi Tourism, he was responsible for promotion of tourism in Delhi, and managing the Corporation’s Training Institute where training in tourism related activities is imparted.

Mala Ramadorai
The founder member of TCS Maitree and the guiding force behind all TCS Maitree initiatives, is a well-known educationist and former vice-principal of Bombay International School. She is the wife of Subramaniam Ramadorai Head of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), and more so the spirit of this much admired company in the world.

Maitree is a 60,000-strong friendship and support network that plays the role of companion, counsellor and guide to the far-flung family of Tata Consultancy Services employees and their kin.
Maitree, set up in 2001 by the wives of the employees of TCS as a welfare organisation, is primarily engaged in social service, working for the betterment of the environment and the less privileged.
The essence of Maitree is to build an extended family and community among the families associated with the company, says the TCS CEO's wife and the chairperson of Maitree, Mala Ramadorai.

Mr. Ishaat Hussain
Mr Ishaat Hussain graduated in economics from St Stephens College, New Delhi. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). Mr Hussain joined the board of the Indian Tube Company (a Tata Steel associate company) in 1979. His association with Tata Steel goes back to 1981, after Indian Tube was merged with Tata Steel.
Mr Hussain was the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Finance at Tata Steel for almost 10 years, before he finally moved to Tata Sons. Currently he holds the position of a Board Member at Tata Sons.
Mr Hussain is a member of the SEBI committees on insider trading and primary capital markets. He is also a member of the CII Finance Committee.

Vice admiral Suren P Govil PVSM, AVSM, MBE
Executive Trustee

Vice Chief, Naval staff (Retired), 39-year career in the Indian Navy. As Vice Chief, he was directly responsible for naval plans. Admiral Govil is a member of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), United Service Institution (USI) of India and Saturday Discussion Group and until recently was the Chairman of the Board of Management of the USI Research Centre.

15 years of voluntary service to the IAYP, the architect of the program in its current form. At his behest the National Constitution was adopted on 1st March 1994. This led to the formation of a single National Award Authority (NAA) of India and the appointment of the first National Director. A 15 member Governing Council of the NAA was formed and Mr. Vikram Mehta (India’s first Gold Award Holder) elected as its first Chairman. Is also present Chairman of the NAA Governing Council is Vice Admiral Suren Govil.

Role of Volunteers - IAYP

Our volunteers love creating a positive, supportive environment that’s bristling with energy for participants. They support the IAYP's overall mission and help run IAYP centres and groups, helping young people to achieve their full potential.

There are many different roles for our volunteers - have a look to see what they do:

IAYP Zonal Field Officers
These people set up and manage the IAYP in a centre. If you become a Co-ordinator, you'll support your Leaders and oversee all groups.

IAYP Leaders
Our Leaders are responsible for a IAYP group. You'll lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, agree their programme choices and sign off Record Books.

IAYP Assessors
Assessors check on a young person's progress and agree the completion of a section of their programme. You'll need knowledge of the activity they're doing and you'll sign off their Record Book to confirm completion.

In the Expedition section, qualifying expeditions must be assessed by a competent adult who is approved by the Operating Authority and accredited by the IAYP through the Expedition Assessor Accreditation Scheme.

IAYP Supervisors
Supervisors are people with a good understanding of a participant's chosen activity. You'll help them set their goals and regularly meet with the young person to check on their progress, address any potential issues and adjust goals.

A Supervisor is essential for the Expedition section as they are responsible for supervising and supporting a team of participants to ensure their safety and well-being whilst they are doing their expedition.

Adults who can spare some time to help our IAYP Leaders run a group can be a volunteer. You may give general support, i.e. admin, help run one section or give specific training.

Whilst not all volunteers will be involved in the detailed running of programmes everyone needs to ensure continuity throughout, share responsibilities and maintain the overall quality of the IAYP experience.

If you'd love to make a positive impact on young people, then we want to hear from you! Get in touch with your local Operating Authority today!
Welcome to get in touch with us

The Award Concept

The Award concept is one of individual challenge. It presents to young people a balanced, non competitive programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self reliance, perseverance and service to their community.

 The Programme began in 1956
 1988 The International Association formed
 The Award is available in over 125 countries
 Over 5 million young people have enrolled
 In India 15,000 young people pursue the Award Program, every year.

Fundamental Principles
 Individual improvement relative to individual ability
 Persistence and achievement
 Non-competitive
 Voluntary participation
 Freedom of choice
 No discrimination on grounds of sex, race, religion or political affiliation

What is the Award?
 It is a Programme, not an Organisation
 Not a selective prize, no financial reward
 Recognition at the highest National level
 Personal targets and commitments
 Marathon, not a sprint; Persistence and determination
 Each level provides the foundation for the next

Operating principles
 Age between 14 and 25
 Four Sections *, to be pursued by each individual, to attain the standard for the Awards
– Service
– Expeditions
– Skills
– Physical
– Residential Project *For Gold Only

Three levels of Award - Bronze, Silver & Gold

The 14 – 25 youth; is the biggest resource, and the Award Programme is followed in the true spirit of building the youth leadership of nation, all over the world.

For further information do visit our website

9 Point Action Plan for IAYP, India

So far..
1. Rohit has got going on Alumni network… meeting due in Delhi on Sunday the 10th. Volunteers in the NCR welcome, anyone visiting Delhi on Sunday, do join us.
2. Sourajit – set the ball rolling on the exchange agenda; has to keep up the momentum!
3. For IT initiative, have put in place Priyank, he is based at the IT and Management Centre of Book Café, and now controls the website.
4. We hope to have in place the first 18-25 Award Centre in Delhi next week; this will be part of the North Zone, big thanks to Lata Vaidyanathan for her support.
5. Visited the North Zone, and they have been very supportive, are doing their best to support the 9 Point Action plan. Malini has been a tremendous resource…

· All Zone to please assist and take this Agenda with full zeal , help build a vibrant IAYP India chapter.
· Please send regular updates for the Website and other communications – blog, chat,… to, this will help Priyank keep the website updated.
· Let us volunteer to work on a weekly roundup of the happenings and developments. All Zones may kindly write in to us, once a week on any matter / inputs.
Sandeep Dutt
8th May 2009
Update for the IAYP Governing Council

1. Working Group revival – Sandeep Dutt will take this ahead with the Zonal Chairmen and confirm a plan for meetings in 2009 in May itself.
2. National Secretariat – work is on, and we have meetings lined up with corporate and other partners, an appointment with the Director Habitat Centre is also on the Agenda.
3. Information Technology Solution – Priyank Gupta ( of Book Café) will assist Sandeep Dutt. All zones are kindly requested to help us come on one integrated platform, and link the Zonal Websites from the home page. Priyank is on 0135 2714958 and Mobile 097 194 08779, his email is The single point of contact for Website update and maintenance.
4. Special focus on Ages 18-25; have approached two corporate houses and one hospital, do take this ahead in the Zones, will be a good way for Zones to build a strong linkages.
5. Build Zonal Offices ( have inadvertently called the zones regions) the Zonal Chairpersons will take this ahead.
6. Branding and Corporate Communication – we have meetings lined up in the coming week and will keep you informed.
7. Alumni Network – Rohit has volunteered to take this ahead. Kindly assist us, he needs the support from each Zone and more from every Award recipient in India.
8. Zonal Exchange ( not regional) – Sourajit has set the ball rolling… he will set the tone for good work ahead.
9. Take the program to the hinterland – please move to cities deeper into your region.

We are committed to build the Award in India to a great brand, and make India a leader in the Award World.

Once Shloka is free from exams, hope to have a meeting with Rohit, Shloka, Maroof – our Delhi based members, and work further on Brand, Communication and strategy. This will knit together a Delhi working group, and in a similar manner more volunteer groups will be needed to build the Award Program. Do rope in friends, volunteers, awardees to take this big agenda ahead.

Will keep the Governing Council members updated once a month and this is the first one!

With best wishes,
Sandeep Dutt
From: Sandeep Dutt, EBD [] Sent: 23 April 2009
To all members of the Governing Council IAYP - the 9 Point Action Plan.

OUR 9 POINT AGENDA… with direction:
1. Revive the Working Group, and create more such teams to head the various initiatives of this Agenda.
The Working Group currently comprises of the four Zonal Chairmen and the National Director, they will meet more often.
2. Work to setting up a National Secretariat in Delhi, and this has to happen in the next 12 months.
This will be in Delhi, and be an asset the Award Program all over the world.
3. Use Information Technology and communication to build good systems for the Program.
WE need one platform and one website, with separate areas for Zones. The full project will be put live at
4. Special focus on the 18-25 Age group, rope in the corporate sector and various HR organizations for this initiative.
The youth of today need the Award the most, and need to move into University / Colleges / Corporate houses
5. Help the Regions create vibrant areas of operation.
Build strong Regional offices and help them go deeper into the States.
6. Build up Corporate Communication and the brand.
Develop on the PR, Communication, website and Newsletter
7. Alumni network for the Award in India.
The Award forum to create a deep ‘friends of the Award’ circle. This will help in networking and finding individuals to steer the programme ahead.
8. Encourage Regional exchanges, and build better connect with Award stake holders all over the country.
Have activity across regions, do project together, workshops, expeditions etc.
9. Take the Program to the hinterland – beyond the main cities, there is a big need for extra-curricular activity in smaller cities.
Ensure all the top 100 cities in India have at least one Award Centre / School

· The 9 point Agenda is listed above, and we have 10 members of the Governing Council, thus if we leave out the Chairman, makes it 9 members!
· Would like each of the nine, to choose one single Point of the AGENDA, and spell out a very simple action plan of not more than 100 words.
· Based on the Action plan, we will create working groups, comprising of members of the Governing Council, and any other volunteers / award leaders/ stake holders.
· Once we have direction, say by the 30th of April, there will be a full year ahead to make this happen.

Award in India signals new focus as election targets country's youth

6 May 2009
As young people in the world’s largest democracy cast their vote and played their part in shaping their country’s future, the Award in India appointed a new national director and set in place a nine-point strategic plan which will set its course for the next year and beyond.
Launched against the backdrop of an Indian election campaign which focused heavily on the youth vote, using slogans such as “When I change, India changes” and “Our youth: India’s strength, India’s future”, the timing of the Indian Award’s shift in strategic focus could not have been more appropriate. It is also particularly fitting that the newly appointed national director, Sandeep Dutt, himself a Gold Award holder, is the youngest appointee since the Programme’s inception in India in 1962.
Mr Dutt, founder of the Book Café chain in India, used a governing council meeting in New Delhi to set out his key objectives for the year ahead, which included a focus on involving more 18-25 year olds in the Programme, and targeting young people outside the major cities and in rural areas. Mr Dutt spoke with passion of “winning hearts” and ensuring “that the quality of the Programme is never diluted when we reach out to the millions of youth in India.”
With a vast population of one billion, and an incredible diversity - reflected in its 22 official languages - India plays an increasingly significant role in the global community. Moreover, by 2020, young people (under 25s) will make up 55% of the population of India, and 5% of the global youth population will be from the country, making India a priority for the International Award Association.
This strategic significance is underlined by the fact that a three-person team from the Association has just returned from India, following high level meetings with the National Award Authority, youth and development agencies, government officials and key figures from the education sector. Sue Walker, Asia Pacific regional director, Cristal de Saldanha Stainbank, head of Programme, and Becky Hirt, head of communications, met with key personnel including national chairman, Vice Admiral Suren Govil, and chair of trustees, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, to explore opportunities for maximising the Award’s impact in India. A key pillar of the Award’s growth strategy will be the identification and training of new Award leaders who play a vital role in mentoring participants. Vice Admiral Govil describes volunteers as “absolutely critical to the success of the whole Programme”.
Ms Kidwai, recently appointed group general manager and country head for HSBC India, comments: "As a self-development programme, the Award has a vital role to play in India, providing a framework within which young people can understand their unique talents and what personal contribution they can make to their community and thereby their nation. We are delighted that Sandeep's long involvement with the Award is continuing as he takes on the role of national director, building on the successes of his predecessor, Maroof Raza. We will be working together to ensure that more young people across India can access the Award Programme."
Pictured above: students at the Modern School, New Delhi, perform traditional Indian dance, a popular choice for the Physical Recreation Section of the Programme
Pictured above right: Award holders at the Salaam Baalak Trust, a New Delhi-based charity which supoprts street and working children

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Book Vending Machines

Originally posted bychris carroll on May 3, 2009 at 11:17 pm
A recent NPR story described yet another revolution in the publishing industry that could change the way we purchase and read books.The Espresso Book Machine is “essentially an ATM for books that automatically prints, binds, and trims, on demand at point of sale, perfect-bound, library-quality paperback books.” About a hundred pages can be printed per minute (meaning it will take about a quarter of an hour to churn out that copy of War and Peace I’ve been meaning to scan on my next coffee break). The manufacturer claims books will cost about a penny a page and,“Ultimately, the EBM will make it possible to distribute virtually every book ever published, in any language, anywhere on earth, as easily, quickly, and cheaply as e-mail.” Other revolutionary claims for the “EBM” see it replacing the traditionally centralized supply chain for book distribution with its “direct-to-consumer retail model.” Over two million public domain and in-copyright titles are currently available at the fifteen or so current vending machine locations in bookshops, libraries, and universities around the world. The manufacturer sees the devices eventually costing about as much as a traditional copy machine.This statement from the company’s founder discusses his view of “the end of the Gutenberg era” and the revolutionary new publishing infrastructure offered by devices like E-Books and the EBM.This spec sheet gives more interesting details of the machine itself, with the impressive claim that the EBM “makes it possible to distribute virtually every book ever published, in any language, anywhere on earth, as easily, quickly, and cheaply as e-mail.”This CNN video shows the machine at work at a London bookshop, with the store manager describing how the revolutionary device all the sudden makes his shop “ten times bigger.”

Book Cafe CEO nominated as National Director IAYP

IAYP, India appoints new National Director
The International Award for Young People, formerly the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, has appointed Sandeep Dutt, as National Director for India. One of the youngest, to reach this honorary position. 

Vice President Mr M Hamid Ansari presented the prestigious International Awards for Young People (IAYP) at Vice President House in the capital. Mr Ansari is the Patron for IAYP awards in India. On the very same day, the Award Programme got its new National Director too. Sandeep Dutt alumnus of The Doon School, author of Good Schools of India, and founder of Book Cafe, now set out a new course to win hearts! Appointed as National Director IAYP, has the unique distinction of being the youngest appointee since the inception of the programme in India in 1962. Currently, CEO of Book Cafe, Dutt walked into the Award world in 1975 as an aspirant for the Bronze, while at school. Worked the way up and represented India in the 1979 International Gold Award Meet in Australia, there was no looking back. Volunteered for the program periodically, and helped do the documentation, literature and design for over a decade. In 1994 the Constitution of the Award Program in India was set in place and this made working with the program even more fulfilling. Has travelled as a head training team across India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 

International Awards for Young People is an international youth development program currently operating in over 114 countries. The program seeks to channelise youthful energy into meaningful effort leading to the all-around growth of young people. The award program is meant for young people between 14-25 years of age. In India, Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Mr Anand Mahindra, Mrs Mala Ramadorai (w/o TCSChairman), Dr Sanat Kaul, Mr Ishaat Hussain (CFO Tata Sons) and Vice Admiral Suren Govil are the Trustees of IAYP. 

IAYP operates from the best of schools across India. Equally, it works with organizations for the disadvantaged and poor. The Award list gives a true picture of the sweep of activity across the country. Special Projects include the Salaam Baalak Trust, Delhi, Sir Syed Group of Schools, Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys Academy, Emmanuel Ministry, Kolkata; and Olcott Memorial School, Chennai. Rural village schools in Vellore, Tamil Nadu (Kaniyambadi & Pennathur) are also included, said Vice Admiral Suren Govil, National Chairman of IAYP in India. To know more about Sandeep Dutt, the National Director

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