NEW DELHI, (C.M. Paul) — The director of BoscoNet <b>Fr M.C, George Menamparampil</b> has been nominated for the prestigious IMAAN INDIA SAMMAN award to be given on 17 August 2013 at Air Force Auditorium, SubrotoPark, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi.
The Convener of Imaan India Samman Mr. Bhuvnesh (Gaurav) Ahuja in the letter sent to Fr George states the reason for the award saying “Our Nomination committee has shortlisted your name for this honor to recognize and appreciate your continuous contributions and endeavor for the growth of our dearest motherland, INDIA by your commitment towards the upliftment of those in need and HOMELINK Software specially made with the purpose to help Missing Children & their families.”
In his award acceptance letter Fr. George writes, “I feel humbled by this great gesture of yours to honour my organisation (BoscoNet, and Don Bosco) and me for our efforts to of some service to the people of our nation, particularly the young and the children, and among the these, in a special way, the weak and vulnerable. I take this as an opportunity to highlight further, before the Government, NGOs and the general public, the plight of the more disadvantaged among us.”
The Imaan India awards in 11 categories were established in 2012 by by Aavishkar Media Group, a prominent name in Indian Broadcasting, Media & CATV Industry since 1993 with the aim of recognising and celebrating the challenging work of those people who are catalyst in social reforms and striving to bring a significant change in community and society.
The categories include people who have effected social change through, Women Empowerment, Good Governance, Green Environment, Livelihood, Healthcare, Empowerment, Education, Vocational Service, Social Cause Advocacy, Peace & Harmony Promotion, and Life Time Achievement.
BoscoNet with the motto “Anyone in trouble is a friend” does not own or run any institutions of its own, nor offer any direct services. It supports those who are already doing this or intend to start doing it seeking funds, expertise and other resources that will enable the children and young people from the weakest sections of society to access these services. It also lobby the government and people in positions of authority to formulate and/or adapt laws, policies, standard operating procedures, that will favour the young people who are in need. BoscoNet also supports people’s movements for justice, equality and human rights.
Born in Kerala, Fr George dedicated his life to the service of the disadvantaged peoples of North East India. He spent 22 years in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.
He pioneered non-formal youth development programmes all over North East India and Bhutan, conducting week-long camps for students, according to the needs of their age, giving them life-skills that gave them a powerful edge in competing with the mainstream youth of India.
He founded and still runs BOSCONET which concentrates on raising funds from generous hearted Indians to support marginalised communities served by his mother organisation, the Salesians of Don Bosco.
This organisation runs over 300 schools, 42 colleges and 123 institutes of vocational and technical education, most of them in backward, rural districts of India. They serve street children and child labourers in 92 towns. They also guide thousands of Self-Help Groups of women, care for lepers and their children, do watershed management and programmes for agricultural development and environmental protection, and rural development in every form.