Two Indians figure in this year’s (2011) Ramon Magsaysay Award
Nileema Mishra, a woman lender to the poorest in Maharashtra, and US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande, who revolutionised the use of solar lights, are among six people who have been awarded Asia’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2011.
Filipino charity group Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc (AIDFI), Hasanain Juaini, who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, his fellow countrywoman Tri Mumpuni, who promoted micro hydro power technology and Koul Panah, working to restore democracy in Cambodia are the other winners of the award, often described Asia’s Nobel Prize.
The winners will receive a certificate, a medallion and a cash prize in Manila on August 31. The award is named after famous Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957.