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Kumar Rakesh From Bangaluru

January 09, 2017

14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations are being held in Bangalore from January 7-9,2017. PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003 and we have been honoring our Pravasis since the first edition.

It was decided late last year to hold the PBD conventions after an interval of two years. Therefore, the number of awards to be conferred for PBD 2017 have been doubled to 30. The Jury cum Awards Committee can also make upto six suo-motto nominations for persons from the fields in which the awards are to be conferred. This year, the jury also considered Pravasi’s contribution for achievements on philanthropic investments and charitable work in India and for contribution towards India’s development.

Nominations were invited in the prescribed format from all eligible categories of Overseas Indians/Organizations. The last date for receipt of nominations at the Ministry was 29th August 2016.

 

The Jury-cum-Awards Committee, chaired by Hon’ble Vice-President, considered all the nominations for the PBSA. A list of 123 nominations that were found eligible as per the guidelines and another list of 55 nominations that were received late were presented for consideration of the Committee. The nominations were initially examined by a Screening Committee comprising of Officers from the Ministry of External Affairs.

 

The Jury-cum-Awards Committee for Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards (PBSA) comprised of following members:

i. Vice President of India-Chairman

ii. Hon’ble EAM , Vice-Chairman

iii. Shri Swapan Dasgupta, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

iv. Principal Secretary to PM

v. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary

vi. Shri Rajeev Mehrishi, Home Secretary

vii. Shri Satish Chandra, former Ambassador of India to the USA

viii. Ms. Indra Noooyi CEO Pepsico

ix. Shri Yusuf Ali M.A. Managing Director, Lulu Group of Industries, UAE

x. Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary, Antar Rashtriya Sahyog Parishad

xi. Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Secretary (OIA & CPV) & Member Secretary

 

The Jury members considered all eligible nominations and the relevant information placed before the Committee. After detailed discussions, thirty nominees were unanimously recommended by the Jury-cum-Awards Committee for Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, 2017 by the Committee on December 20,2016.

 

List of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman-2017 Awardees

S.NO.

Name

Country

Field

1

Dr. Gorur Krishna Harinath

Australia

Community Service

2 .

Mr. Rajasekharan Pillai Valavoor Kizhakkathil

Bahrain

Business

3 .

Antwerp Indian Association

Belgium

Community Service

4 .

Mr. Nazeer Ahamed Mohamed Zackiriah

Brunei

Community Service

5.

Mr. Mukund Bhikhubhai Purohit

Canada

Business

6.

Mr. Nalinkumar Sumanlal Kothari

Djibouti

Community Service

7.

Mr. Vinod Chandra Patel

Fiji

Social Service

8.

Mr. Raghunath Marie Antonin Manet

France

Arts & Culture

9.

Dr. Lael Anson E. Best

Israel

Medical Science

10.

Dr. Sandip Kumar Tagore

Japan

Arts & Culture

11.

Mr. Ariful Islam

Libya

Community Service

12 .

Tan Sri Dato Dr. Muniandy Thambirajah

Malaysia

Education and Community 
Service

13 .

Hon’ble Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

Mauritius

Public Service

14 .

H.E. Mr. Antonio Luis Santos da Costa

Portugal

Public Service

15 .

Dr. Raghavan Seetharaman

Qatar

Business Management

16 .

Ms. Zeenat Musarrat Jafri

Saudi Arabia

Education

17.

Singapore Indian Association

Singapore

Community Service

18.

Dr. Carani Balaraman Sanjeevi

Sweden

Medicine

19 .

Mr. Susheel Kumar Saraff

Thailand

Business

20.

Mr. Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran

Trinidad & Tobago

Public Service

21.

Mr. Vasudev Shamdas Shroff

United Arab Emirates

Community Service

22 .

India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Philanthropy and Community Service

23 .

Rt. Hon’ble Ms. Priti Patel

United Kingdom

Public Service

24 .

Ms. Neena Gill

United Kingdom

Public Service

25 .

Mr. Hari Babu Bindal

USA

Environmental Engineering

26 .

Dr. Bharat Haridas Barai

USA

Community Service

27 .

Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal

USA

Public Affairs

28 .

Dr. Mahesh Mehta

USA

Community Service

29 .

Mr. Ramesh Shah

USA

Community Service

30.

Dr. Sampatkumar Shidramapa Shivangi

USA

Community Leadership

 

 

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