The Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda in a group photograph at the Plenary Session- VIII: on “Leveraging Diaspora Expertise for Knowledge and Innovation”, at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD-2017) convention, in Bengaluru, Karnataka on January 09, 2017.(PIB Photo)

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 Presented

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations, being held in Bangalore from January 7-9,2017, came to close on Monday with the presentation of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards to recipients from Canada to Trinidad & Tobago by President Pranab Mukherjee.

PBD conventions are being held every year since 2003 and we have been honoring our Pravasis since the first edition. Since 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 can also make up to 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.

The Jury members considered several eligible nominations and unanimously recommended 30  for Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, 2017 by the Committee on December 20,2016. The list is as follows:

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
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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