Panchkula : Feb 24: ALPHA NEWS INDIA DESK ;—- Rotary District 3080 conferred the Rotary Shreyas Award on former Chairman of Medical Council of India and former Director PGIMER, Dr. K.K. Talwar here today.
On the concluding day of the two-days District 3080 conference, the award was presented to Dr Talwar by the former Governor of Uttrakhand, Dr. K.K. Paul, for his contribution to the medical science.
A father-daughter duo, Ajeet and Diya Bajaj was also conferred the Shreyas Award, who have conquered highest peaks including Mt Everest, around the world and have made India proud for their endurance and adventure.
The third awardee Dr Vandana Shiva, a noted environmentalist, author of several books on eco system and engaged with Chipko movement was also presented the award in absentia since she could not make it due to her sister’s indisposition.
Dr K.K. Paul congratulated the awardees and commended Rotary for honouring excellence.
He said that Rotary could make a difference in helping India its millenium goals in which it has lagged compared to neighbouring countries, especially in the areas of maternal and infant mortality.
He also suggested Rotary to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi worldwide since his message of peace and tolerance have universal relevance.
Dr K.K. Talwar in his acceptance address asked Rotary to also address the issue of drug abuse among youth.
The Rotary International President’s Representative at this District Conference, Haresh Ramchandani from Jamaica said that it is time for Rotary to innovate to bring in more and more young professionals and business people to take up the global challenges that require to be addressed through more concerted efforts.
Former world president of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo, and Ian Riseley from Australia also addressed the participating Rotarians.