OSLO- Malala Yousafzai, along with US whistleblower Edward Snowden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among the nominees for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, as the Nobel Institute today announced a record 278 candidates.

The Nobel committee convened for the first time this year to examine the candidate list and will announce the laureate in Oslo on October 10, 2014

As per the rules, the committee refused to reveal the identity of any of the nominees, but Lundestad said that 47 of the 278 candidates were organizations.

The list is kept a secret for at least 50 years but the sponsors can choose to reveal the name of their nominee.

Putin’s name can be on the list, since Russian figures proposed his name in October, keeping in view his role in the Syrian crisis.

Being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is relatively easy, since thousands of people can suggest candidates including lawmakers, ministers, university professors and former laureates.

At their first meeting, the five committee members themselves can add more names to the list.

The committee insists that being nominated does not imply an endorsement on its part.

Putin’s chances of winning the prize appear limited given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Another name likely to be on the list is Edward Snowden, Former US Security contractor for the National Security Agency, who has been provided asylum in Russia and is accused in his country of disclosing a large number of classified documents regarding a US global surveillance program.

Other figures with a similar profile include founder of WikiLeaks- Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

Malala Yousafzai, who was seriously wounded by the Taliban in Swat area of Pakistan was nominated again. Last year she was considered among the favorites.

However, the prize went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).