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Pratham USA award for Outstanding Service in Education to be presented to Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate
Amartya Sen
 Amartya Sen is the recipient of the Second Annual Pratham USA Award for Outstanding Service in Education. The Award serves to recognize the remarkable ability of an individual to effect change and dramatically impact the delivery of education to the underprivileged. The first award was presented jointly to Nandan Nilekani, Chairperson, Unique Idenification Authority of India and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Technologies, Ltd., and Rohnini Nilekani, Chairperson, Pratham Books and Chairperson, Arghyam Trust.

 
Amartya Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and was until recently, the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was formerly Honorary President of OXFAM and is now its Honorary Advisor. Amartya is an influential voice in the field of welfare economics. He has argued for decades about the critical importance of education and of public-private partnerships in the field of education. He has advocated in his writings and in public remarks that the government needs to invest more resources and partner with social groups in making educational reforms. Much of Pratham's impact has been driven by our understanding that ensuring that every child in India is in school and learning well can only be achieved as a societal mission driven by partnership between key stakeholders including NGOs such as Pratham, the government at all levels, corporations and the people. 
 
The award will be formally presented to Amartya Sen at the 2010 Pratham Tri-State Gala on October 21st at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.