Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards-2017



Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards-2017

1.              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.

2.             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.
3.              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. 
4.             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.
5.             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

6.    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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