Akshaya, won the Manthan Award in the e-Governance category at the finals of the 7th Manthan Award South Asia 2010 held at New Delhi.
Touted as South Asia’s biggest event on ICT for development initiatives, the prestigious event was first conceived in 2003. Its aim is to identify, assess, award, debate and encourage best practices in usage of the Internet and mobile technologies for grassroots socio-economic benefit. Osama Manzar, Founder & Director of the awards organization said,that this year there were unprecedented 434 nominations in 15 categories across 8 countries in South Asia and 77 were selected as the finalists.
Winners of the awards are chosen based on their impact, financial and social sustainability, value addition, participatory approach, and innovation. The projects should also be in line with the vision of the UN Millennium Development Goals and WSIS targets (World Summit on the Information Society)
Akshaya Project has been selected for the Golden Nica award of Prix Ars Electronica in the Digital Community category for the year 2005. Akshaya is among the six winners of Prix Ars Electronica Award this year instituted by the Austria-based Ars Electronica, a platform for digital arts and media. The award is presented at a festival at Linz, Austria, in September 2005.The fundamental precept in the award category is that the prize money of 10,000 Euro (around Rs 5.5 lakh)is to be used to finance the ongoing development of the project itself or of a successor project. There were 2,975 entries from 71 countries in the competition. Akshaya receives the honour, as the project is conceptualized by integrating multiple objectives of mass e-literacy, entrepreneurship development, ICT interventions and community upliftment in the state. A seven-member jury selected the winners of six Golden Nicas, 12 Awards of Distinction and 73 Honorary Mentions. Ars Electronica said in a release that "Akshaya is one of the most ambitious development programmes ever launched to take advantage of information and communication technologies".
Instituted by the Austria-based Ars Electronica, a platform for digital arts and media, the Ars Electronica Award consists of prize money and a “Golden Nica” statuette, which are awarded annually in six categories: Computer Animation/Visual Effects, Interactive Art, Digital Musics, Net Vision, Freestyle Computing, and Digital Community. This year, in addition to the six Golden Nicas, 12 awards of distinction and 73 honorary mentions were awarded.
Kerala IT Secretary Shri. P.H. Kurian (left) receiving Golden Nica award for Akshaya
Govt of Kerala bagged India Tech Foundation Award - Runner up 1 for the year 2005. This is awarded for becoming the most progressive state Government in the application of IT in the State Administration (e-governance). Akshaya was projected as one of the e-governance initiatives during the contest. Shri. Anand Singh, Director, Kerala State IT Mission received the award on behalf of the state government from Shri. M.V.Rajasekharan, Minister of State for Planning, Government of India.
Akshaya project won Silver Icon award in Innovative Operations and Best Practices - New Entrants for Exemplary Implementation of e-Governance Initiatives for the Year 2004. The award was received by Shri. Anand Singh, Dy Secretary (IT), Government of Kerala in the recently concluded Eighth National Conference on e-Governance held between the 3-5 February, 2005 at Bhubaneswar.
This is an award for implementing the project in Kerala to address the issue of digital divide in the state in an integrated and holistic way. Providing ICT access to all sections of the society even those located in the remotest part of the state, development of minimum skill sets to all the people through functional IT literacy training and creation of local content to benefit all the interest groups are the main components considered while selecting the project for the award.
Akshaya is selected by PC Quest for Best IT Implementation in 2004.