Inspired Indian Foundation, Bengaluru is pleased to announce the institution of the G. Santha Teacher Memorial Journalism Award. The inaugural award will be given to Mrs Rekha Satheesh, a Senior Chief Sub-Editor with The New Indian Express, Kochi, Kerala.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,001, a hand-crafted mural plaque and certificate of appreciation. The award will be given away during an event to be held in Bengaluru in May 2016.
A team of journalists, writers and scientists constituted the selection panel.
According to Sindhu A, National Coordinator for Inspired Indian Foundation, the award was instituted to recognise unsung heroes in Journalism, to begin with.
“Journalists write about heroes, they make heroes of ordinary people and their deeds, but their efforts are recognised on a few platforms, until and unless they are acclaimed individuals in the field. We understand that those working on the Desk are the real unsung heroes in Journalsim,” says Sindhu.
She added that the Foundation has undertaken a unique selection process involving editors, reporters and copy editors of various publications.
“We plan to increase the award category by next year, expanding on various areas of Journalism,” said Sindhu.
The G. Santha Teacher Memorial Journalism Award will be announced every year on February 17.
About award winner Rekha Satheesh: A journalist since 1997, Rekha is currently a Senior Chief Sub-Editor with The New Indian Express, Kochi. She has earlier worked with The Times of India, Kochi, as well. Her present job includes editing and handling the Desk. She has earlier handled State, Nation and Page-1 Desks, in addition to working with the Features section. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reason for the selection: Her flawless editing, reputation with colleagues and respect from her superiors, apart from being a humble human being were considered by the panel. But her knowledge, commitment and ability to turn stories into interesting pieces of news made the choice easier.
About Santha teacher: Born to scholar parents in 1942, G. Shantha (Tarmak007's Mom) was a post-graduate in English literature and hailed from Thalavadi in Kerala’s Alappuzha district. She first taught English in colleges (Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu and Devasom Board College, Thalayolaparambu, Kerala) before settling down at Mahatma High School for Girls, Chennithala, Kerala. She passed away at the age of 65 on 17 February 2007, following a heart attack. She went the extra mile in promoting English literature, even after her retirement.
About Inspired Indian Foundation: A registered movement based out of Bengaluru, the Foundation strives to recognise unsung heroes. Formed with the blessings of former Indian President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, the Foundation spearheads a host of silent activities supporting ordinary Indians. (Details: www.inspiredindianfoundation.org)
(Inspired Indian Foundation is spearheaded by Tarmak007)