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Selection Process of Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award

New Delhi: August 10,2011

 

As per notified  criteria, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is conferred on a Non-Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or an organization or institution established and run by Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin, who has made significant contribution in any one of the following fields:

 

(i)   Better understanding abroad of India;

(ii)  Support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way;

(iii) Building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence;

   (iv)  Social and humanitarian causes in India or abroad;

   (v)   Welfare of the local Indian community;

   (vi)   Philanthropic and charitable work;

  (vii) Eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of  residence; or

   (viii) Eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers).

 

 

The selection process is by the Jury-cum-Award Committee under the chairmanship of the Vice President of India. Other members are Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, 5 members nominated by Prime Minister of India and Secretary MOIA.Nominations of deserving persons, organizations or institutions may be received from one of the following:

 

       

(i)  Governors of States and Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories in India.

(ii)  Heads of Indian Diplomatic Missions/ Heads of Indian Diplomatic Posts abroad.

(iii) Chairman and Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee dealing with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.

(iv) The Executive Head of Prominent Overseas Indian Associations with nation-wide character as may be decided by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The associations should not nominate their own office bearers.

 

 

The maximum number of Awards each year is fifteen.

 

 

 The name and country-wise details of awardees of last three years is enclosed at Annexure.

 

S. No.

Country

Recipient

Year

Field

1.     

Australia

Prof. Veena Harbhagwan Sahajwalla

2011

Science

2.     

Bahrain

Shri  Soman Baby

2009

Community Service

3.     

Brunei Darussalam

Shri Mohinder Singh Bhullar

2010

Community Service

4.     

Canada

Shri Deepak Obhrai

2009

Public Service

5.     

Ms. Lata Pada

2011

Arts

6.     

Fiji

Shri Yanktesh Permal Reddy

2010

Community Service

7.     

Hong Kong

Shri  Harindrapal Singh Banga

2011

Business

8.     

Israel

Shri Hohammad Munir Nazir Hassan Ansari

2011

Community

Service

9.     

Japan

Shri Ryuko Hira

2010

Community Service

10.   

(Smt.) Dr. Ruby Umesh Pawankar

2010

Medicine

11.   

Liberia

Shri Upjit Singh Sachdeva

2011

Community Service

12.   

Malaysia

Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo

2009

Public Service

13.   

Tan Sri DatoAjit Singh

2011

Public

Affairs

14.   

Mauritius

Shri Angidi Veeriah Chettiar

2009

Public Service

15.   

Madagascar

Shri Ylias Akbaraly

2009

Community Service

16.   

New Zealand

Sir Anand Satyanand

2011

Public Affairs

17.   

Netherlands

Shri Ram Lakhina

2009

Community Service

18.   

Shri Saleh Wahid

2011

Community Service

19.   

Oman

Shri P.N.C. Menon

2009

Philanthropy

20.   

Shri Suresh Kumar Virmani

2010

Community Service

21.   

Qatar

Indian Community Benevolent Forum, Qatar

2011

Community Service

22.   

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Mohiaddin Syed Karimuddin

2011

Community Service

23.   

South Africa

Shri ParmananthanPremaNaidoo

2009

Public Service

24.   

Shri Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan

2010

Public Service

25.   

Dr. Tholisiah Perumal Naidoo

2010

Community Service

26.   

Sri Lanka

Shri Mano Selvanathan

2011

Business

27.   

Suriname

Shri Ramdien Sardjoe

2009

Public Service

28.   

Tanzania

Dr. Rajni Kanabar

2010

Medicine

29.   

Thailand

Shri Deepak Mittal

2010

Business

30.   

Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Lenny Krishendath Saith

2010

Public Service

31.   

U.A.E.

Shri J.R. Gangaramani

2009

Community Service

32.   

Dr. Azad Moopen

2010

Medicine

33.   

Shri Mohan Jashanmal

2011

Community Service

34.   

U.K.

Baroness Shreela Flather

2009

Public Service

35.   

Baroness (Dr.) Sandip Verma

2011

Public

Affairs

36.   

U.S.A.

Prof. C.K. Prahalad

2009

Management

37.   

Prof. Sumit Ganguly

2009

Public Service

38.   

Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik

2010

Community Service

39.   

Shri Ashok Kumar Mago

2010

Community Service

40.   

Shri Upendra J. Chivukula

2010

Public Service

41.   

Shri Ashook Kumar Ramsaran

2011

Community Service

42.   

Dr. Rajiv Shah

2011

Public Affairs

 

 

This information was given by the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Shri Vayalar Ravi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today

 

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