Jagdish C. Nanavati, President Emeritus of the Himalayan Club, was an eminent personality who regularly interacted with support staff on an expedition and treks. He was very keen on their welfare and supported many persons through various schemes run by the Club and also through Nanavati family trusts.
A Gold Medal, Jagdish Nanavati Garud Gold Medal, for outstanding support staff has been instituted in his memory, which will be managed by the Himalayan Club and funded by the Nanavati family.
This will be an annual Medal, carrying a cash prize of Rs 11,000/- and a specially designed Gold medal. The amount of money to be awarded is at the discretion of the Managing Committee of the Himalayan Club in consultation with the Nanavati family.
There will be one award per year, given to any person who has excelled over the years in serving / working for expeditions, performed an exemplary act of help, support or rescue to a party in the mountains. Any support including Sherpas, porters, cooks, muleteers, guides, villagers etc who has served any team (Indian, foreign or joint teams) are eligible for this Medal.
The medal is called ‘Garud Medal’ after the powerful bird in mythology and is also a well-known international symbol referred in many texts and in many countries.
The medal is awarded personally to the winner, at the Annual seminar and will be hosted by THC.
An expedition leader, either Indian or foreign, can recommend a support staff for the award with detailed reasons for doing so. A full bio-data of the person and past expeditions must be attached. The winner will be selected by the Managing Committee after studying the applications received.
The period of consideration for any given year will be November of the previous year to October of the current year. The final date of submission will be 15th December of the current year. The Managing Committee will decide the recipient before the Annual Seminar in February of the following year and he / she will be informed accordingly.
To apply for the Garud Medal the submissions should be made as under. It is not the climbing achievements of a person that are under consideration but how supportive he/she has been to the expedition to achieve its goals.
Kindly forward all papers to Hon. Secretary, The Himalayan Club at the office address.