Thursday, October 4, 2007
Nandini Sahai is the Director of Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICC-India).
She was Associate Editor for 10 years of Vidura (a quarterly Journal of Press Institute of India dealing with Media and Communications issues) , and Grassroots (a monthly newspaper of Press Institute of India on Development issues). Work involved writing, editing, identifying themes/issues, commissioning articles from senior journalists /subject specialists, finalizing layout and design of Vidura and Grassroots. She had also worked as Assistant Editor, Swagat and South Asia Travel Review (1981-1982), Assistant Editor, Himachal Times, Editorial Assistant, Depth News India, brought out by Press Institute of India covering Development issues.
Since 1996, actively involved with the Right to Information movement. She has Worked closely with Aruna Roy, Magasasay Award winner in creating awareness among people about their rights. Organised public hearings, seminars, workshops etc. Also participated in formulation of the Right to Information Bill which has now been passed by the Parliament to become an Act.
She was a Member of the Select Committee representing the media in formulating the Right to Information Act of the Delhi Government. She was Associated with International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) on issues of Torture and Human Rights. The task includes sensitizing the media on torture (war/terrorism issues). She has Organised various seminars on Media and Human Development, Youth , Media and Democracy and IT for Social Empowerment as Country Manager, AMIC-India.
Awarded the prestigious ‘Woman of Substance Award 2005’ by Ryan Foundation for outstanding contribution towards women’s development and bringing awareness in the society about their strength and power.
Sandeep Pandey founded Asha for Education. After graduating in 1991, he returned to India to teach at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and later resigned to dedicate his time to social activism. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2002.
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Nikhil Dey now works with the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) and the National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information (NCPRI). He has been working with the MKSS since its inception in 1990, along with Shankar Singh and Aruna Roy.
Nikhil Day was born in Bangalore in 1963. He was educated in India and the USA, and got his degree in law from the University of Delhi. After working briefly with the Khedath Mazdoor Sangathan in Madhya Pradesh, he joined Aruna Roy and Shankar Singh in 1987 to go to Devdungri, in Rajsamand District in Rajasthan. He works now as a non party socio-political activist. Nikhil Dey has also been actively involved with the Campaign on Right to Food and other Human Rights organizations.
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