The 2006 award was conferred Ramesh S. Gawas in recognition
of his humanistic approach and application to
values fundamental to the essence of education and the environment.
Mr. Ramesh S. Gawas is a devoted educationalist, social worker and environmentalist. He is the president of Rashtra Sewa Dal, an organization dedicated to the development of the downtrodden and the empowerment of rural women. He is also an active member of the Centre for Environment Education as well as the co-founder of Navanirman Abhiyan and Samata Andolan (movements for rural development and the realization of social equality).