As a tribute to the memory of the late Prime Minister Shri Jawaharlal Nehru and to his life-long dedication to the cause of world peace and international understanding, the Government of India instituted the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1965.
Given annually, for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill, and friendship among peoples of the world, the Award carries Rupees 2.5 million in cash (convertible into foreign currency) and a citation. The Award may be divided between two persons who are considered by the Jury to be equally deserving of recognition in a given year.
It is open to all persons regardless of nationality, race, creed or sex, but an association, institution or organization is not eligible for the Award. To be considered for the Award, it would ordinarily be necessary that a person be recommended in writing by someone with the competence thereof.