Awards & Recognition

As Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, I have won several awards and have been recognised for my contributions to people and society.

While I have often been recognised for my individual efforts, the truth is none of what I did could have happened without the incredible support and tireless energy of my co-founders, team members, and countless partners over the years.

Together we have conceptualised, planned, and implemented many programs over the past three decades, all of which bring us closer to realising our vision, of a world without human trafficking and exploitation; a world where women and children live with happiness and dignity in a safe and nurturing environment.

Given below are some of the accolades we’ve received over the years.

Prag Prerona Award, 2020

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, received the Prag Prerona Award, 2020, from Prag News, an initiative to celebrate and honour women of distinction, who have shown the world new queendom, who are in the uprising and ready to risk it all and what they deserve, the award was handed by Padma Bhushan Sharmila Tagore, His Excellency Governor of Assam Professor Jagdish Mukhi and Dr Sanjiv Naraian CMD PRAG NEWS, click here to watch

Guardians of Humanity Award, 2019

“Hasina has inspired men and women with her courage and dynamism and continued efforts and contribution in working for women’s rights issues especially in North East of India, which makes Brahma Kumaris World Headquarters confer this worthy award on ‘ACHIEVEMENT AND EXCELLENCE in Human Rights’ “, stated by Brahma Kumaris World Headquarters.

Hasina Kharbhih received the Guardians of Humanity Award, 2019 at the Global Summit on “Unity, Peace and Prosperity” organised by the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris World Headquarter, click here to watch

Yamin Hazarika Women of Substance Award, 2019

Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, Hasina Kharbhih was honored with the prestigious Yamin Hazarika Women of Substance Award.

The award is instituted every year by Women Hub, a collective of women professionals in memory of Assam’s first woman from Northeast to join central Police Service, Yamin Hazarika who was DCP Delhi Police. The award recognizes and celebrates women who have made a notable contribution to the greater good of society, someone who has excelled in her field and has overcome all odds to make the society a better place to live. click here to read more

Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, 2017

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse Social Enterprises, is the recipient of the Most Powerful Women in Business -Impact Award, 2017, in the Social Business category, announced by Business Today, of the  India Today Group. The award honours most remarkable women leaders, who have taken India to new heights through exceptional talent and endeavour, and have made a positive transformation to society. Click here to read more

SBI NE Circle Award, 2015

The State Bank of India North East Circle Award was conferred on Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse NGO Network, in recognition of her Selfless Service and Outstanding Contribution to Society.

CNBC Awaaz Masterpreneur India Season 1, 2013

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder and Managing Director of Impulse Social Enterprises, Winner of  CNBC Awaaz – Masterpreneur Season 1 Reality Show for being an Entrepreneur who is focused not only on taking the enterprises higher but is also committed to being the driving force behind social change, and emerge as true MASTERPRENEUR.

CNBC-AWAAZ set out on a journey across the country looking for entrepreneurs who will lead the change and coined this exercise as Masterpreneur. A platform through which we recognize and celebrate India’s entrepreneurial talent and the grit and determination to stand out despite constraints and obstacles, click here to watch

CNN IBN India Positive Awards Oct - 2012

CNN-IBN India Positive Award, 2012

The CNN-IBN India Positive Awards salute those Indians who spread the spirit of goodness, and bring about positive change around them, through selfless acts of their own. Hasina Kharbhih founder of Impulse NGO Network was one of the few Indians honoured at the inaugural edition of the award, for her work against child labour in the rat-hole mines of Meghalaya.

About the Award

Northeast Television People’s Choice Award – Social Activist of the Year 2005

Northeast Television (NETV), a private satellite multilingual channel of North East India, held its first NETV People’s Choice Awards in 2005.

The multidisciplinary awards were brought forth to honour the “revolutionaries and unsung heroes of the Northeast.” Hasina was awarded a trophy and named Social Activist of the Year.

Rising Talents Global Council

Rising Talents Global Council Group, 2007

The Women’s Forum Rising Talents program developed in partnership with JPMorgan and Egon Zehnder International, aims to create an international network of talented young women with demonstrated leadership, achievement, and social commitment. Hasina was selected as one of 20 Rising Talents in 2007.

Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Award, for Excellence in Youth Work, 2000

Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat is an international development agency that works to provide young adults (aged 15-29) with skills, confidence, and avenues to initiate better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities.

The CYP Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work was launched in 1995 and recognizes individual initiatives for innovative work within the Asian Commonwealth countries.

In 1999-2000, Hasina received the award for having introduced community education that promotes the well-being of youth in Shillong. In addition, the award recognized her youth-related work as Team Leader and founding member of Impulse NGO Network.

By publishing youth counselling columns/queries and organising seminars on topics including youth leadership, adolescent health, and entrepreneurship development for unemployed youth, Hasina established youth programmes and community education in Shillong.

Niryat Rattan Award – 1996

The Indian Council for Small and Medium Exporters (ICSME) recognizes people and companies that promote the economic development through export promotion.

In 1996, Hasina received the Niryat Rattan Award for marketing handicrafts from Meghalaya to the international markets.

At the same time, her sister concern M/S Sen Kharbhih exporting company also received recognition from this agency.

Special Recognition Award, 2019

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, received the  Balipara Foundation Social Recognition Award, 2019, in the Social Entrepreneur category,  for empowering women in the communities of the Eastern Himalayas, by helping them apply their traditional skills to develop a sustainable livelihood. For not only working towards capacity building but also empowering these women in creating their own stories. click here to watch

Mother Teresa Memorial Award, 2019

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises, is the recipient of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice 2019, the prestigious award is bestowed by the Harmony Foundation  for relentless and passionate work and ongoing efforts towards freeing the world from Modern Day Slavery practices.

The Award, which is the only one endorsed by Late Sr. Prema, the Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Kolkata, was instituted in the memory of Mother Teresa in the year 2005,  click here to read more

Iclif Leadership Energy Award, 2018

Hasina Kharbhih, Founder of Impulse Social Enterprises, is the recipient of the Iclif Leadership Energy Award(ILEA),2018, in the Social Enterprises category. The reward is conferred on individuals who have harnessed their Personal Leadership Energy to effect a positive, sustainable impact in their organisations or communities, to acknowledge Entrepreneurs involved in for-profit businesses and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in driving, inspiring and creating extraordinary outcomes for their respective companies, click here to read more

World Social Work Day, 2017 - Award for Hasina Kharbhih

Social Work Excellence Award, 2016

World Social Work Day is observed every year on the 17th of March, when social workers around the globe highlight their work and receive recognition for their invaluable contribution to society – in countries, all over the planet.

The University of Science and Technology (USTM) Meghalaya, gave an Award to Hasina Kharbhih, Founder & Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network for her outstanding and visionary contribution to the field of social service and her endeavour to ensure equality and social justice.

IVLP Gold Star Award 2013

IVLP Gold Star Award, 2013

Hasina Kharbhih founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises received the Gold Star IVLP 2013 (International Visitor Leadership Programme) from National Council of International Visitor (NCIV) supported by United States Department of States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

She was among the six Gold Star IVLP, who were awarded this year others recipients from Zimbabwe, Iraq, Brazil, Burma, and Slovenia.

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ICC North East Excellence Award 2012

ICC Northeast Excellence Award, 2012

I received the prestigious “North East Excellence Award” from the Indian Chamber of Commerce, for my contribution as a social entrepreneur to the development of the Northeast region, through Impulse Social Enterprises (ISE), which is a hybrid business model related to livelihood creation, under “Prevention” pillar of the Impulse Model, click here to read more

Japan Social Activista Award 2012

Japan Social Activist-a Award, 2012

This award was conferred upon me, for taking the issue of child-labour in the rat-hole mines of Meghalaya, to global audiences, to create awareness in the supply-chain and investor community, that resulted in the withdrawal of orders and investments in the sector, hence reducing the recruitment of child labour for these mines.

About the Award

Woman of Substance Award, Ryan Foundation 2003

The Ryan Foundation aims to conduct socio-cultural activities and impart sound education while working for a wide range of public interest issues and national causes.

Hasina was awarded the foundation’s 2003 Woman of Substance Award for her “outstanding contribution towards [women’s] development and bringing awareness in the society on the strength and power of women.”

The award recognized her work with HIV/AIDS education, empowering women and children and creating income-generating programmes for rural youth and women.

All India Freelance Journalists Association, National Award for Excellence – 1999

Hasina was recognized for her work and excellent services in the fields of Freelance Journalism and Social Service.

All India Freelance Journalists Association, Chennai “Born to Win” National Level Competition – 1998

Hasina received a special prize in essay writing for her submission to the “Born to Win” National Level Competition.

 All India Poetry Contest – Honourable Mention, 1994

Hasina won Honourable Mention for her poem “Feelings” in The All India Poetry Contest held by The Quest, a biannual publication of Indian writing in English.

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