ABOUT US

NABARD is an apex Development Bank that facilitates credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts. It also has the mandate to support all other allied economic activities in rural areas, promote integrated and sustainable rural development and secure prosperity of rural areas.

Nabard stepped into its 30th glorious year in July 2011. The bank has decided to commemorate this occasion by introducing a remarkable initiative – Nabard Award for Rural Innovations.

This has been done to recognize and reward all those unsung heroes without whom rural India would have witnessed the leaps and bounds of progress. These are people from small towns, villages and settlements. They are those who think about ways to better the daily lives of those in rural India. They worry about generating more income for those who are poor. They invent ways and means to create employment. They pioneer processes and products that ease out lives. And they do all this quietly. Without hope of remuneration or rewards.

This year onwards Nabard has taken up the mantle to bring these heroes and their immense contribution into the limelight. So if you are one such personality or know of any such person, consider it eligibility to enter the Award.

All you have to do is fill in the application form and send it to us with the required documents. Our eminent panel will evaluate your idea and if they find your work truly inspiring, you could win the NABARD Award for Rural Innovations.

 

How to apply?

A Participant may apply for the Awards as indicated below:

Filled in application form along with the supporting (photographs / certificates / video clippings, etc.) should be sent to the address mentioned below before May 25, 2012 by 5:00 pm.

Send your entries superscribing “Application for NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012” to the following address:

CGM, DPD-NFS, NABARD,
Plot No.C- 24, G – Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Post Box No. 8121 Bandra (E),
Mumbai – 400051.
Contact no. 022 - 26524207

In case of any further details contact us on:

State Contact number   State Contact number
Andaman & Nicobar 03192-233308   Andhra Pradesh 040-27612640
Arunachal Pradesh 0360-2215967   Assam 0361-2235661
Bihar 0612-2223985   Chattisgarh 0771-2888499
Goa 0832-2420053   Gujarat 079-27551959
Haryana 0172-5046728   Himachal Pradesh 0177-2622258
J&K 0191-2472531   Jharkhand 0651-2361107
Karnataka 080-22223125   Kerala 0471-2323859
Madhya Pradesh 0755-2464775   Maharashtra 020-25541439
Manipur 0385-2410706   Meghalaya 0364-2501518
Mizoram 0389-2340815   Nagaland 03862-27040
New Delhi 011-41539353   Odisha 0674-2553884
Punjab 0172-5046700   Rajasthan 0141-2740821
Sikkim 03592-204062   Tamil Nadu 044-28276088
Tripura 0381-2229644   Uttar Pradesh 0522-2304530
Uttarkhand 0135-2748611   West Bengal 033-22267943

 

Who can apply?

Any Indian registered company, or foreign company with a registered presence in India, or Indian citizens / individuals.
Individual Participant must be aged 18 years as on March 31, 2012

 

 

FAQs

  1. What is the NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012?
    NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012 is an initiative of NABARD to recognize and reward innovations which have created a paradigm shift in the standard or quality of life in the rural India

  2. What are the categories of NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012? What category can a participant select?
    The NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012 seeks to recognize innovations made in the following 1 to 5 categories. Participants should refer to the definitions and accordingly apply in the appropriate award category.

      For the categories 1 to 5, the innovation / initiative need to be within the following broad segments:

    1. Energy
    2. Financial Services
    3. Training & skills up-gradation
    4. Agriculture
    5. Technology
    6. Others *
    7. *If the Innovation does not fall in any of the five mentioned segments given above, then “Others” segment should be selected

  3.  

    Sr

    No.

    Category name Definition Max no. of winners
    1 Public sector / Government Public sector / Government institutions owned by Government of India or managed and controlled by the central, state or local Government 2
    2 Private sector Private sector includes those companies that are run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the state. 2
    3 Academic / Research Institution

    -Academic institution is an educational institution dedicated to education, which grants academic degrees
    -Research institutions specialize in basic research or may be oriented to applied research.

    2
    4 NGO / Trust

    - A not for profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization that operates independently from any government and are not conventional for-profit business
    -A Trust is a legal entity that acts as fiduciary, agent or trustee on behalf of a person or business entity for the purpose of administration, management and the eventual transfer of assets to a beneficial party

    2
    5 Individual Any individual or person who is engaged in providing products and / services for the rural development 2

     

  4. What are the eligibility criteria? When should have been the innovation / initiative implemented?
    • The Participant must be Indian registered companies, or foreign companies with a registered presence in India, or Indian citizens / individuals. Individual Participant must be aged 18 years as on March 31, 2012.
    • The innovation can be a product / service / project / process / procedure / methodology developed for the rural sector by the Participant
    • The innovation must be already implemented and should not be in a planning or conceptualizing stage. The innovation should be implemented between January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011
    • The innovation nominated / applied must be developed within the participating organization or by an Individual and implemented in the Indian operations of the Participant in Rural India

  5. By when will the application forms be available?
  6. Application forms are available on the website www.nabard.org and www.nabardruralawards.com. Application forms are also available with the NABARD office. Please refer the details below. 

    • Download from website: Participants can visit the website www.nabard.org and download the application form from the website starting April 30, 2012
    • Online application: Participants can submit their entries online by filling the details as per the instructions on the website www.nabardruralawards.com, however, Participants will have to either upload the supporting documents online or courier the same to NABARD Head Office as per the address mentioned on the website.
    • NABARD office: Participants can also visit nearest NABARD Regional Office/ District Office to get a hard copy of Application form. The participant can visit the office from Monday to Friday during the working hours 10 am to 5pm. The offices would be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays.

  7. Where can the Participant send the hard copy application along with supporting?
  8. Filled in application form along with the supporting (photographs / certificates / video clippings, etc.) should be sent to the address mentioned below before May 25, 2012 by 5:00 pm.
    Send your entries superscribing
    “Application for NABARD Award for Rural Innovations”
    CGM, DPD-NFS, NABARD,
    Plot No.C- 24, G – Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
    Post Box No. 8121 Bandra (E), Mumbai – 400051.
    Contact no. 022 - 26524207

  9. Where can I find information on the nomination procedures?
  10. You may visit any of the NABARD regional office help desk situated in your town or log on to www.nabard.org to acquire information regarding the nomination procedures.
    In case of any further details contact us:
    Andaman & Nicobar 03192-233308; Andhra Pradesh: 040-27612640; Arunachal Pradesh -0360-2215967; Assam: 0361-2235661;
    Bihar-0612-2223985; Chattisgarh- 0771-2888499; New Delhi -011-41539353; Goa -0832- 2420053; Gujarat 079-27551959;
    Haryana 0172-5046728; Himachal Pradesh 0177- 2622258; J&K 0191-2472531 ; Jharkhand 0651- 2361107; Karnataka 080- 22223125;
    Kerala 0471-2323859 ; MadhyaPradesh 0755- 2464775; Maharashtra 020-25541439; Manipur 0385-2410706 ;Meghalaya 0364- 2501518; Mizoram 0389-2340815; Nagaland 03862-27040; Odisha 0674-2553884; Punjab 0172-5046700 ; Rajasthan 0141-2740821;
    Sikkim
    03592-204062; Tamil Nadu 044-28276088; Tripura 0381-2229644; Uttar Pradesh 0522-2304530; Uttarkhand 0135- 2748611;
    West Bengal 033- 22267943.

  11. What is the last date for submitting my application?
  12. Last date for submitting the application form is May 25, 2012.

  13. Can I submit the entries at the closest NABARD office?
  14. No. The entries should be sent to the following address below.

     

    Send your entries superscribing
    “Application for NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012”
    CGM, DPD-NFS, NABARD,
    Plot No.C- 24, G – Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
    Post Box No. 8121 Bandra (E),
    Mumbai – 400051.
    Contact no. 022 - 26524207

  15. Do I have to answer all the questions?
  16. Yes, it is mandatory to answer all the questions.

  17. Can I fill the application form in any language I am comfortable with?
  18. No, you are allowed to fill the application form only in English and Hindi languages. Application forms will be disqualified if it is filled in any other language.

  19. Can I apply in more than one category?
  20. If you are eligible, you may apply for more than one category. However, you need to submit a different form for each Award category. You can use the photocopy of the form available. However, please note that the participation in multiple Award categories does not increase your chances of winning an Award. Each entry is evaluated by the jury on its own merit.

  21. Can two members of the same family apply in the Awards?
  22. Yes. However, each application is considered as a separate entry and evaluated on its individual merits

  23. Is there an entrance fee?
  24. There is no entrance fee payable to participate in these Award.

  25. What are the jury looking for?
  26. Jury are looking to recognize and reward innovations which have created a paradigm shift in the standard or quality of life in the rural India

    The impact of the innovation has made a substantial difference / contribution to the development of people/society or industry in rural parts of the country. Accordingly, a participant is expected to demonstrate his / her efforts/ contribution in concise, relevant and accurate informative answers specific to the questions asked in the application form.

  27. Can I get my entry submission back after judging?
  28. No, information provided in the application form and any additional information sourced for the Award process will be confidential and will be used only for the limited purpose of evaluating the Participant’s entry for these Awards.

    The Awards Management and Jury shall maintain confidential any and all information pertaining to the Applications / Nominees / Winners and will take same degree of care as each of them uses to protect his / her own confidential information of a similar nature, but no less than reasonable care, to prevent the unauthorized use, dissemination or publication of confidential information.

  29. Do I have to list any reference (s)?
  30. Yes, it is advisable to provide at least two references. On getting shortlisted judges may call upon at least one of your mentioned reference for evaluating the merits of your claims.

  31. How will I come to know about the results?
  32. All the finalists will be contacted by NABARD, as per the details provided by the Participant/Nominator in the application form. The results will be uploaded on the website www.nabard.org and www.nabardruralawards.com by end of July 2012.

  33. What do the winners get?
  34. The winners would be honored with “NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012” for a particular category along with a citation and trophy.

 

Award Categories

Participants should refer to the definitions below and accordingly apply in the appropriate award category.

For the categories 1 to 5, the innovation / initiative need to be within the following broad segments

  1. Energy
  2. Financial Services
  3. Training & skills up-gradation
  4. Agriculture
  5. Technology
  6. Others *

*If the Innovation does not fall in any of the five mentioned segments given above, then “Others” segment should be selected

Sr
No.
Category of
participant
Definition No. of winners
1 Public sector / Government Public sector / Government institutions owned by Government of India or managed and controlled by the central, state or local Government 2
2 Private sector Private sector includes those companies that are run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the state. 2
3 Academic / Research
Institution

-Academic institution is an educational institution dedicated to education, which grants academic degrees

-Research institutions specialize in basic research or may be oriented to applied research.
2
4 NGO / Trust

-A not for profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization that operates independently from any government and are not conventional for-profit business

-A Trust is a legal entity that acts as fiduciary, agent or trustee on behalf of a person or business entity for the purpose of administration, management and the eventual transfer of assets to a beneficial party
2
5 Individual Any individual or person who is engaged in providing products and / services for the rural development 2



Contact us


Andaman & Nicobar 03192-233308; Andhra Pradesh: 040-27612640; Arunachal Pradesh -0360-2215967; Assam: 0361-2235661;
Bihar-0612-2223985; Chattisgarh-0771- 2888499; New Delhi -011-41539353; Goa -0832- 2420053; Gujarat 079-27551959; Haryana 0172-5046728; Himachal Pradesh 0177- 2622258; J&K 0191-2472531 ; Jharkhand 0651- 2361107; Karnataka 080- 22223125; Kerala 0471-2323859 ; Madhya Pradesh 0755- 2464775; Maharashtra 020-25541439; Manipur 0385-2410706 ; Meghalaya 0364- 2501518; Mizoram 0389-2340815; Nagaland 03862-27040; Odisha 0674-2553884; Punjab 0172-5046700 ; Rajasthan 0141-2740821; Sikkim 03592-204062;
Tamil Nadu 044-28276088; Tripura 0381- 2229644; Uttar Pradesh 0522-2304530; Uttarkhand 0135- 2748611; West Bengal 033- 22267943.