Khoshoo Memorial Award

About the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award

The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was instituted in 2004 to honour the legacy of the world-renowned environmental scientist, Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo. Dr Khoshoo was first Secretary of the Indian Government’s newly created Department of Environment, in 1982. He played a significant role in the development of India's environmental policy. In 1996, along with Dr Kamaljit S Bawa, Dr Khoshoo founded ATREE.

The annual T N Khoshoo Memorial Award is given to an academician or a practitioner whose work has had an impact in the fields of environment, conservation, or development. The TN Khoshoo Memorial Award was started by the Khoshoo family and ATREE to honour Dr Khoshoo’s legacy. Through the TN Khoshoo Endowment Fund, the award, each year, encourages and promotes individuals for outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable development. The fund is sponsored by Dr Khoshoo’s family, ATREE, the Ford Foundation, the Institute of Rural Research and Development (an initiative of the SM Sehgal Foundation), and other philanthropists. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 100,000.

The 17th T N Khoshoo award presentation and lecture event took place online owing to the pandemic. It was centred around  ‘The Science and Art of Outreach for the Environment’. Licipriya Kangujam was the recipient of the 2020 edition and the keynote speaker was  Grammy Award winning musician and environmentalist Ricky Kej.

Licipriya Kangujam, 9 - year old Climate Activist  Founder, The Child Movement was awarded the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award,  for having ‘achieved monumental impact  while campaigning for climate change at the young age of 9.’

Instituted by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) the award was presented to Licipriya in recognition of her campaigning for climate action in India for the past 3 years and  to pass new laws to curb India’s high pollution levels and to make climate change literacy mandatory in schools. 

Licipriya Kangujam is also the Founder of The Child Movement, a body that aims to raise awareness ‘to protect the planet by tackling climate change and natural disasters’.

Accepting the award, Licipriya dedicated it to all the climate activists of the world. Urging the audience to action, she said it was possible to change the world starting first with one’s neighbourhood. Linking her activism to social justice saying ‘change means empowerment, empowerment means independent, independent means freedom, freedom is when you can protect your land and environment, freedom is when you can protect your children's future , culture and health, freedom is when no one can discriminate on the basis of caste, creed, colour, sex or any other differences, freedom is when you can read and write, freedom is when you’re out of hunger’.

Khoshoo Endowment Committee

  • Mr Rajiv Khoshoo (Chair), senior vice president, Portfolio Management, Siemens PLM Software
  • Dr Kamal Bawa, Founder Trustee and President, ATREE; Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
  • Mr Joss Brooks, founder, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants
  • Dr Nitin Pandit, Director, ATREE