About the Awards

As part of centenary year celebrations of its founder, Ramnath Goenka, Indian Express Group instituted the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards. The Awards aim to celebrate excellence in journalism, recognize courage and commitment and showcase outstanding contributions and individuals every year. The most prestigious annual event in the Indian media calendar, pays tribute to journalists from Print/Digital & Broadcast who maintain the highest standards of their profession despite being in the face of political and economic pressures, who still manage to produce work that generates and sustains public trust in the media and impact the lives of people.

The design of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards trophy dedicated to the winners. The nib and flame, stands for journalism of courage and integrity, the values advocated by Ramnath Goenka, founder of The Indian Express Group.

Award Categories

This award will go to a journalist each from print/ digital & broadcast media in Hindi, whose coverage of an event or issue stood out for excellence, independence, depth, quality and impact.

This award will be given to the author of an article or a series in any newspaper, magazine or television for exceptional contribution to public awareness & promoting understanding of environmental issues/science and technology.

The award will go to a journalist who shows the highest standards of independence, rigour, depth & analysis while covering any aspect of business or economy.

This award will go to a journalist each in print/ digital & broadcast media, whose coverage explores new avenues & finds a new direction in reporting sports.

This award will be given to the author of an article or series in any newspaper, magazine on arts, culture and entertainment whose coverage explores new avenues & finds a new direction in the field.

This award will go to a writer/writers whose published work, through in-depth research & investigation, covers an issue/idea on a scale that newspapers or television channels, with their space & time limitations, cannot aspire to tackle. This award will be for books published in English.

This award will honour a photo journalist for news photograph that captures, in a frame, the drama of an entire story.

This award will go to a journalist each from print/ digital & broadcast media in a regional language, whose coverage of an event or issue stood out for excellence, quality, independence, depth and impact.

The award will honour substantive print or television reporting that covers rural issues intelligently. It may be awarded for explanatory or expository journalism & will be judged on general excellence, quality of writing, forcefulness & importance to public interest.

This award will go to a journalist each in print/ digital & broadcast media, whose coverage helps develop a unique understanding of politics & the political process.

This award will go to a journalist from print/ digital & broadcast category, whose report investigates an issue of public interest to reveal an aspect/element that has not yet been covered/ explored in the media. The report/ reports should be a substantive piece of work that is original, forceful and has made an impact.

This award will go to a foreign correspondent in print media for coverage that portrays India to a foreign audience most accurately & sensitively.

This award, instituted in memory of The Indian Express’s former Resident Editor in Pune, Prakash Kardaley, will honour a print journalist whose sustained effort highlights a civic issue and forces the authorities to find a solution for it. The award aims to recognise pro-active local reporting that makes a difference in the lives of citizens.


The criteria for awards in Print/Digital & Broadcast journalism are significance of a news story, resourcefulness & courage in gathering information, & skill in relating the story apart from:

  • Degree of difficulty/ logistical challenges experienced
  • Comprehensiveness of the report
  • Resources available and means used for gathering information.

Journalists working for any Indian newspapers/ magazines/ online / TV channels (published/telecast in the country) are eligible to apply. Indian language papers should send in their stories along with translations in English. All foreign correspondents can also apply. If the story is in a language other than English the translations should be sent along with the stories.



Past Awards

Event Partners

Presenting Partner


We are a reputed two and three-wheeler manufacturer and is the flagship company of the USD 8.5 billion TVS Group. We believe in Championing Progress through Mobility. Rooted in our 100-year legacy of Trust, Value, and Passion for Customers and Exactness, we take pride in making internationally aspirational products of the highest quality through innovative and sustainable processes. We endeavour to deliver the most superior customer experience at all our touch points across 70 countries. We are the only two-wheeler company to have received the prestigious Deming Prize. Our products lead in their respective categories in the J.D. Power IQS and APEAL surveys for five years. We have been ranked No. 1 Company in the J.D. Power Customer Service Satisfaction Survey for consecutive four years.

Finance Partner


Religare Enterprises Limited (REL), a Core Investment Company (CIC) registered with Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is a diversified financial services company. REL offers an integrated suite of financial services through its underlying subsidiaries and operating entities, including loans to SMEs, Affordable Housing Finance, Health Insurance and Retail Broking. REL is listed on the BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) and National Stock Exchange (NSE) in India. The Religare Group (REL & subsidiaries) reaches over 1 million policyholders in insurance business, 1 million plus broking customers, more than 26,000 customers in MSME finance and over 10,000 customers in affordable housing finance. The Group employs more than 11,000 professionals servicing this diversified customer base with a presence in over 1,000 locations across India.

Education Partner


Sharda University has over the years become one of the leading center of education, research, entrepreneurship, and innovation in India with global recognition and accreditations. The University offers 130+ UGC-recognized Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. programmes in a variety of disciplines. The fact that Sharda University has recently been accredited A+ by NAAC puts it among 5% of select higher education institutions in India. Sharda University opened its first overseas campus in Uzbekistan in 2019, which has been established under a special Presidential decree. Sharda University is a part of Sharda Group which is a multi-million dollar conglomerate with business operations in diverse areas including education, healthcare, construction and IT.

Associate Partners

MP Government

Better good governance indicators hold the key
In the recent years, the concept of good governance has emerged as a key to development effectiveness, particularly in terms of citizen services delivered by an democratic system.
For any government, it is easier to augment public resource allocation to health, education and other human specific sectors than improving governance.
The Madhya Pradesh government has not only increased its fund allocation in health and education but has achieved many milestones in reducing crime rates, control of corruption, participation of civil society through decentralisation, simplification of rule of law by introducing better governance system. And gradually, the state is moving towards Sustainable Development Goals.
Madhya Pradesh (MP), ‘the heart of India’, is the second largest state in the country in terms of geographical cover. About 21.1% of its population is Scheduled Tribes (STs). During the past decade it has witnessed double digit growth and a never-before agriculture growth of 24.99% (on average constant price).
It was only possible because the chief minister of the state Shivraj Singh Chouhan had come up with his vision statement of using good governance in all policy matters. And now, the Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government has given top priority to good governance in the roadmap of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh.
The Madhya Pradesh government has set multi-task goals include creation of single service delivery portal, single citizen database and provision of digital verification of documents for service delivery. Also rules, laws and procedure have been made simple so that commoners of the state face no problem at delivery point.
Recently, the government has decided to utilise modern techniques like drone-artificial intelligence, block chain technology, cloud computing and government work, process, training and capacity building of its available human resource.
The state government is step ahead of others by providing several citizen services not only through e-governance but also through M-governance, that is, certain services are available on mobile phones of the citizens.
The citizens of the state can lodge their grievances on a dedicated number “181” which is known as CM Helpline. So far as many as 12.5 million (the number is rising) grievances of citizens have been redressed.
In the past few months, the state government has introduced 100 new citizen services under the ambit of Public Service Guarantee Act. These services provided great relief and convenience to the citizens during Corona-Curfew period.
The state government has also amended its Public Service Guarantee Act to provide “deemed approval”. As many as 15 services have been brought under “Citizen Interface” through online application based system. Further, the state government is mulling over introducing certain more services on whatsapp chat-bot.
All these services have been introduced with proper discussion, seminars and other public participation platforms and suggestions received from public. Services like “Aadhaar Registration and Amendment” and “Ayushman Bharat Beneficiary Card Service” have been started.
Suggestions were received from people by developing an M.P. Innovation Portal. Programmes organized for public welfare schemes were promoted among crores of citizens through Social media platforms like MyGovMP are now in fruition. The government has decided to create a single citizen database of citizens and create a single portal of service delivery in the state. Now the Madhya Pradesh government has placed good governance among the foremost significant pillars in the roadmap for the creation of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh.
During the COvid-19 pandemic, direct benefit transfer to the accounts of the beneficiaries has rendered benefits of government schemes to eligible persons. The e-office system was implemented in state government offices, departments and various undertakings. A state-wide campaign has been launched in Madhya Pradesh to attack various types of mafia and anti-social elements. The state of Madhya Pradesh displays wide variance in human development outcomes across its districts. “In order to understand the divergences in human development, we must understand that human development expenditure is necessary component but for successful public policy intervention good governance is equally necessary,” Says the chief minister Shri Chouhan. If development expenditure by itself is sufficient, it yields better results and outcomes in those areas where good governance has better indicators.
“You will see that development trajectories across the state will be constantly heading northwards,” says Shri Chouhan.

Gateway Distriparks Ltd

Gateway Distriparks is an integrated inter-modal logistics service provider with Pan-India presence, operating Container Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots, Temperature Controlled Warehouses and providing rail & road transportation with its own fleet of trains, trailers and refrigerated vehicles.

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC)

It was set up in the year 1962 by the special act of the state government with the mandate to achieve balanced industrial development in Maharashtra. It is the special planning body which operatesthrough a vast network of local offices. It acts as an important link between investors and the government being the single point of contact for all investor relations. MIDC administers the investment lifecycle in the state from outreach to aftercare and is responsible for providing essential infrastructure to businesses like land, power, water and more. The corporation provides best-in-class infrastructure to investors including roads, 24x7 power, regular water supply, chemical disposal system, logistical connectivity and sector specialized zones. All industrial hubs are well-equipped with advanced utilities like industry sheds, robust communication, fast-track permissions systems and more. The organization manages 289 industrial parks built over 2.25 lakh acres of land across the state.
MIDC is Government of Maharashtra’s nodal investment promotion agency. The corporation is not only the country’s largest Industrial development authority but one of South Asia’s most competent Investment Promotion Authority. Over the last 5 decades, MIDC has enabled the state to achieve an undisputed leadership position with regards to investments and industries. It has focused on fostering business relationships with nearly all major trade partners of India and plays a key role in Maharashtra industrial and infrastructural development.

Vision IAS

Indian Cooperative Credit Society Limited (ICCSL) is a Multi state cooperative society founded in 1998 having area of operations in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Telangana, Andhra Pradesh & Union Territories (Silvasa & Puducherry)

Vision IAS

Ajay Vision Education Private Limited, commonly known as VisionIAS, is an umbrella EdTech company that includes Infinity Vision, Galaxy Classes, and StudentEdge. These institutions provide exceptional education and training to students preparing for various national and international competitive examinations, such as UPSC CSE, IIT JEE, NEET, Olympiad, Bank/SSC, and others. VisionIAS is also dedicated to providing modern and world-class school education to rural children through the Rajni Devi Global Village School. As a research-driven organization, VisionIAS leverages modern technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and LMS, to provide an outstanding learning environment for students. They offer an interactive classroom setting, digital learning content, innovative assessment systems, a creative newspaper for school children, and a dynamic mentoring system. Over the years, VisionIAS has played a vital role in the success stories of countless students. In a short period, it has become one of the most prominent EdTech organizations in the country, renowned for its student-centric approach, innovative products and solutions, social outreach, value-based operations, and commitment to provide tools and resources to equip students to succeed in their academic and professional life.

Writing Instrument Partner


Luxor is the brand leader in Indian Writing Instrument Industry. Luxor Group today is a diversified group having business interests in different areas viz writing Instruments and stationery products, Real Estate, Hospitality, Fiber Optics, Nano Technology, Tablets & digital Office Products. A pioneer in Writing Instruments manufacturing; the industry major has re-invented Brand Luxor and brought world-famous brands like Parker, Pilot, and Waterman under the Group's umbrella to serve the Indian consumer market. Luxor pioneered the Writing Instruments industry in India fifty Four years ago and today it is India's leading Premium fine Writing Brand, since its inception it has added many laurels to its credit, "Best Exporter Award" for twelve consecutive years, Selected Super brand India award, Parker trusted brand award are some of the awards bagged by Luxor. Today we are one of the largest companies in South Asia in our category of writing instruments having a large share of the industry in India. Our aim has been to drive customer satisfaction. We are a company that adapts and grows by upholding some lasting principles.