Jagdish Nanawati Awards - Criteria

JAGDISH NANAVATI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MOUNTAINEERING

A special Award, Jagdish Nanavati Award for Excellence in Mountaineering, 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 award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 51,000/-. 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.

Selection criteria: 
  1. A mountaineering expedition or exploration organised by an Indian team (led by an Indian National and where all the team members are Indians) will be eligible for this award.
  2. The Jury will consider the following aspects:
    1. Research and Planning before the start of the venture. This will include elements such as whether the area has been studied thoroughly; whether the area under consideration is unusual/ a pioneering route, area or exploration; logistical planning - accuracy and implementation.
    2. Execution and conduct of the expedition - Whether the execution has followed the plan and the logistical planning is successful (route, rations, emergency management etc.)
    3. Reporting on return: The expedition report must be precise, accurate, accompanied by coordinates, photographs, maps. As there maybe language barriers, all applicants must submit a report in English for purposes of consideration.
    4. Sensitivity to the environment - leaving the least carbon footprint and cleaning of earlier waste are factors that will be considered for the Award.
    5. Welfare/ Insurance measures for hired support - Treatment of load bearers, route openers, cooks, support staff will also be a factor for consideration.
    6. Extent of reliance on support staff for establishing high camps and opening routes - level of acknowledgement of their support.
    7. Success of expedition/ Actual summiting will be considered but will not be the main criteria to decide the awardee.

Methodology and Schedule 
  1. The Editors of the Himalayan Journal and the Hon Secretary or whoever other is appointed by the Managing Committee, will screen applications/expeditions from annual list of expeditions. The selection will be sent to the Jury for final decision.
  2. A Jury of three persons will be appointed by the Managing Committee. The Jury will consist of persons of repute and experience in mountaineering and exploration and its literature.
  3. The Jury may decide that no expedition is worth the award in any given year. This decision also will be final and the amount will not be carried forward.
  4. Time frame for submission of applications - the period of consideration for any given year will be November to October. Every year, the final date of submission will be 15 November. The Jury will submit their findings by 15 January of the following year and the awardees’ will be informed accordingly.
  5. One representative/ leader of the winning expedition will be invited to Mumbai to make a presentation. The award money, expenses for travel, stay and local hospitality will be borne by the Nanavati family. The Award will be presented at the HC Annual Seminar consisting of a cheque for the award and a certificate with the HC logo and a drawing/ photo of Jagdish Nanavati.
  6. The decision of the Jury will be final and binding.

SUGGESTIONS AND GIUDELINES FOR SUBMISSION 
It is suggested that submissions should be made as under:
  1. Include expedition planning details- references to the area with map numbers, Journal and book references.
  2. Details of early climbers/explorers/visitors to the area of the expedition with references.
  3. Details of each member and their expertise in climbing/helping the expedition.
  4. Detailed report with correct names of the peaks seen, heights, directions and other observations.
  5. Final report, map with route drawn, names of climbers who achieved the goals, including the support staff.
  6. Few selected photographs which illustrate the climb; the route must be marked and the view from the summit clear in order to show angles and directions so that the proof of climbing is clearly indicated.

Kindly forward all your papers to Hon. Secretary, The Himalayan Club at the office address or you can send email to secretary@himalayanclub.org.




JAGDISH NANAVATI GARUD GOLD MEDAL

A Gold Medal, Jagdish Nanavati Garud Gold Medal, has been instituted, 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.

Selection criteria 
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 person who has been a support staff to any team (Indian or foreign or joint teams) will be considered for this Medal. Sherpas, porters, cooks, muleteers, guides, villagers etc will qualify to be considered for this medal.

The medal will be 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 will be awarded personally to the winner, by inviting him/her to Mumbai at the Annual Club seminar at the expense of the Club.

Methodology 
Any expedition leader/ member/ tour operator, both 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 may be attached. The winner will be selected by the Managing Committee after studying the applications received.

Every year the date of submission will be 31 October. The Managing Committee will decide about the recipient and the person will be informed by 31 December.

Submissions for GARUD MEDAL 
The submissions should be made as under. It is not the climbing achievements of a person that are under consideration but how helpful he/ she has been to the expedition to achieve its goals.
  1. Name of person nominated with full address, age and any other personal details.
  2. The region the person hails from.
  3. Number of years the person is associated with various mountain ventures and in what capacity.
  4. How long the proposer has known the person.
  5. Reasons for nomination like exemplary services, and outstanding help or support.

Kindly forward all your papers to Hon. Secretary, The Himalayan Club at the office address or you can send email to secretary@himalayanclub.org.