CIRC Award

Recognising those centres that showcase exemplary work at the grassroots level for leading positive transformation in the rural and semi-urban communities of the country. The aim is to identify and felicitate those unsung heroes from the CIRC family who extend beyond their capacities to work for the upliftment of the underserved, help them connect with mainstream progress and improve lives.


To bring together CIRCs, Soochna Seva Kendras, Digital Public Libraries and ITE Kendras from across the country, help them recognise and adopt best proven practices and enhance their endeavors to exceed set goals and expectations.


To acknowledge and award champions within the CIRC family who overcame the toughest challenges and helped bring greatest community transformations with human effort, driven by the spirit of digital empowerment.

Past Award

Award 2016

Osama Manzar

osama-Manzer-150x150Founder-Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation

(Jury Moderator)

He is a convert social entrepreneur leading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society He is a Member of Working Group, Internet Governance Forum of Ministry of Comm & IT and was a Member of Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India.

Manju Dhasmana

manju-150x150Lead – Community Affairs/Corporate, Social Responsibility, Microsoft India.

She drives Microsoft’s CSR mandate of building skills and employment opportunities for youth. She also leads the portfolio of partnerships with NGOs on technology, employee engagement and disaster response. Manju has worked extensively in the development sector for 15 years on issues of health, gender, rights and access.

Anirban Mukerji

Anirban-Mukerji-150x150Senior Manager – Wireless Reach, Qualcomm

Based in New Delhi, India, he manages Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach™ initiatives in India and South Asia. Qualcomm believes access to 3G and next-generation mobile technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative is a strategic program that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally.

Soumya Sarkar

soumyasarkarEditor of and Managing Editor of India Climate Dialogue

He is former National Editor in Mint, a sister publication of the Hindustan Times published in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. He has worked as development and communications consultant with organisations that include the World Bank and the Aga Khan Development Network. Soumya is deeply interested in science and technology issues.




CIRC Mahodara


CIRC Bakanpura


CIRC Barpali


CIRC Erumad


CIRC Pondicherry


CIRC Wadsa


CIRC Wanaparthy


CIRC Shamshabad


CIRC Ratneshwarpur


CIRC Bhawan

Award 2015

Osama Manzar

Founder-Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation

osamaOsama Manzar is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, editor, columnist, and new media specialist who spearheads the mission of Digital Empowerment to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society. He founded Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), the not-for-profit organisation to accomplish this mission. After having run successfully a software company, 4Cplus, Osama decided to sell off his options and concentrate on the social sector using his expertise, experience and knowledge. DEF was founded by Osama in December 2002 with the aim to bridge the gap between people and ICT.

Amarendra Srivastava

Senior Consultant & General Manager, Digital Empowerment Foundation

amrendraAmarendra Srivastava has a comprehensive experience spanning across 22 years across a wide spectrum of domains. He helps organisations through strategy reviews, business process transformation and software technology implementations. His areas of expertise include business planning, strategy & execution, project management, operational excellence, training & development and human resources (hiring, talent management, performance management). He has contributed to various Startups, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), larger organisations like American Express and Infosys and non-profits like Digital Empowerment Foundation, Liberty Institute and LetzChange.Org. He is quite active on Social Media and can be reached at @amarsrivastava on Twitter.

Ravi Guria

Deputy Programme Director- Media & Communication, Digital Empowerment Foundation

raviRavi Guria is a Media person and Film-maker with over 15 years of experience. He has been associated with a number of prestigious media organizations with a special focus on empowerment and development. Currently, he is heading Media, Communication, Design & Awards departments at Digital Empowerment Foundation as Deputy Programme Director- Media & Communication. He is spearheading a number of projects such as Social Media for Empowerment and e-Heritage.

Model Centre

CIRC Chandauli

Community Outreach

CIRC Anjaiah Nagar

Runners Up

Soochna Seva Kendras, Barmer
CIRC Yamuna Nagar

Programme Diversity

CIRC Bhawan

Runners Up

District Public Library, Bettiah
CIRC Kapashera

Sustainability & Enterprise

CIRC Sonapur

Runners Up

CIRC Mungaska
CIRC Wanaparthy

Juror’s Choice

CIRC Wanaparthy
Soochna Seva Kendras, Barmer