Awards and Recognition
11th National Award for Excellence in Water Management — Won under Beyond the Fence category
FICCI CSR Award — ACL won under "category 5 Any Other project" for Water Resource Management
3rd FICCI Water Award – Excellence in Water Management and Conservation by FICCI under the category 'Community Initiatives by Industry' — ACF Darlaghat (HP) and Chandrapur (Maharashtra)
Best Partnership Award based — Awarded by NABARD on excellent performance in implementation of Watershed Development Projects in Himachal Pradesh during FY 2013-14
Water Digest Water Award 2013-14 -Supported by UNESCO — Ambuja Cement Foundation-Chirawa has won "Best Water NGO - Water Harvesting" category
Community Initiatives by Industry- by FICCIWater Awards 2013
Special Olympics World Winter Games — Silver and Bronze medals in snowshoeing
Championship trophy at 19th Punjab State Special Olympics — AMK won this championship 11th time in a row
The Derozio Award for Education and Human Enrichment 2016 — AMK won this award in 'Special Education'
Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya Silver Award — Best CSR Practices in Education
Best organisation to ACF Darlaghat — Best organisation in CSR initiatives by "Corporate Meet and CSR Awards - We Care" organised by Amity Global Global Business School in CII Chandigarh on 22nd November 2013.
Navjivani School of Special Education, Patiala — Sardarni Satwant Kaur Memorial Special Educator Award conferred on Principal of Ambuja Manovikas Kendra
Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi Vyasanmukti Seva Puraskar — Won by ACF Chandrapur
Best Continued Support from NGO Project Director —ACF Ropar conferred with "Best Continued Support from NGO Project Director" by Chandigarh State AIDS Control Society
Best Performing Targeted Intervention Project among IDUs by Punjab State AIDS Control Society — ACF Ropar
India Shining Star CSR Award — Awarded by the Wockhardt Foundation
Asian Institute of Management — Asian CSR Awards, 'The Excellence Award' in the Concern for Health category
Government of India —'The Rashtrapati Puraskaar' for making sanitation facilities easily available to rural populations in Chhattisgarh
"Improving productivity of crops" NABARD — NABARD selected Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) for the Partnership Excellence Award (based on the performance / achievement during FY 2013-14) in the following category: "Improving productivity of crops" (ACF - NABARD Project at Bathinda)
Social Work- Bathinda — Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Shri Sukhveer Singh Badal appreciated Ambuja Cement Foundation for its remarkable social welfare work in Bathinda. The work done by ACF in Agriculture & Drugs Deaddiction sector was appreciated by the Deputy Commissioner during the receiving of Appreciation Letters.
Best NGO Award for working in the cotton sector — Awarded by Northern India Cotton Association Ltd.
Ropar- NABARD recognised Ambuja Cement Foundation for its best efforts as a corporate partner in development initiatives of NABARD. — On the occasion of its 32nd Foundation Day, Chief Minister of Punjab Sh. Parkash Singh Badal (Chief Guest) presented ACF a trophy for implementing various developmental programs of NABARD as a Corporate Partner. The program was held on 12th July 2013 at Chandigarh.
Year: 2014 & 2015
Skill India Award, Awarded by Assocham — In recognition of outstanding contribution and certificate of merit for best NGO for Skill Development
National Skill Development Corporation — Entered into Partnership with National Skill Development Corporation
Awarded by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India — Best Principal / Director Awarded by Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for quality Skill Training to unemployed youth.
Awarded by Ministry of Rural Development Government of India – — Certificate of Excellence Awarded by Ministry of Rural Development Government of India – SEDI recognised as the 3rd best skill training centre in the country on the basis of output.
Awarded for Excellent Work in Cooperative Sector — Kodinar Women's Federation grabbed the first position at state level by Gujarat State Cooperative Society for excellent work in cooperative sector.
Best Work in Social and Health Sector — Kodinar Women's Federation awarded by Gujarat State Government under the Swaach Bharat Mission
Appreciation Certificate for Banning Alcohol — Seven BoD members of Chandrapur women's federation were awarded with appreciation certificates by Government of Maharashtra
Women Selected as Sanitation Ambassadors — Seventeen members from Chandrapur federation were selected as Sanitation Ambassadors by the Government of Maharashtra
Agriculture I Maharashtra
Age: 31 years | Village: Panchgaon, Chandrapur, Maharastra
"Since childhood, I saw my father struggling to make agriculture profitable. I was very sure that I could do better. That with my hard work and skill, I'd earn more. But somehow, it never happened ...
In 2015, I happened to attend a farmer meeting organised by ACF and realised there were so many modern and new techniques in farming. That was an eye-opener when I realised there were so many ways to improve agriculture productivity!
I visited the ACF demonstration farm and that's when I got to know the secret ... 'more inputs doesn't necessarily mean more produce.'
Within a year, not only did the produce increase (both in quantity and quality), but I got to experience the power of collective bargaining, by working together with other farmers in a group.
Soon, ACF chose me as an extension volunteer. I started guiding other farmers on more modern practices, multicropping and power of farmer institutions.
In a short time, I developed a strong reputation in the village. People developed a trust in my abilities and it came as a pleasant surprise when my villagers chose me as the village sarpanch - unanimously.
It's been almost a year that I have been the village Sarpanch and I have implemented several government schemes and projects in the village including Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (under which we have got 100 toilets constructed).
People are happy with my work and I am motivated to see what more I can do after all I'm just 31 years old!"