28th Priyadarshni Academy Global Awards conferred
to prominent Global Achievers
The globally recognized Priyadarshni Awards also known as Indian Nobel are conferred to global achievers from various disciplines biannually. The Priyadarshni Academy, who confers these prestigious global awards, is an NGO engaged in social, educational and cultural activities. At its global awards function, it aims to recognize scientists, activists, businessmen and artists, who all, in their unique way and spirit, realized and fulfill their social responsibilities to the community at large. With the passing years, the Priyadarshni Awards have achieved worldwide recognition and are one of the most prestigious Indian awards.
The 28th Anniversary Global Awards Function was held on 18th September, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Regal Room, Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Nanik Rupani, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy and Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, Chairman, Global Awards Advisory Committee announced the global awards for the year 2012. Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare was the Chief Guest and Shri Dilip Walse-Patil, Hon’ble Speaker, Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly and Shri Anil Deshmukh, Hon’ble Minister, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Govt. of Maharashtra were the Guests of Honour.
This year the eight awardees were- Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group was conferred the Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Globalization of Indian Industry, Dr. Samir Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR was conferred the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science-led Inclusive Innovations, Mr. Nirj Deva, Member, European Parliament received the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Development. Dr. Jeanne Devos, National Co-ordinator, Domestic Workers Movement received the Ramkrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Protecting the Rights of Domestic Workers.
The biennial Smita Patil Memorial Award was conferred upon Hindi film actress Ms. Deepika Padukone, Mr. Aditya Puri, Managing Director, HDFC Bank was bestowed the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution as a Visionary Leader in the Banking Industry. Dr. Jacques Rogozinski, General Manager, Inter-American Investment Corporation, USA was bestowed the Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Economic Development Leveraging on Small and Medium Enterprises and finally Mr. Juan Schiaretti, a political leader from Argentina received the Global award for outstanding contributions to improved living conditions of the poor and for political transparency.
On the occasion Chief Guest Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said ‘I am truly surprised with the impressive list of Indian and global awardees from various disciplines and their eminent presence on this dais, truly Mr. Nanik Rupani and his Priyadarshni Academy deservers all the praise for their able efforts’, he then said’ dearth of skilled manpower in underserviced areas in healthcare sector is the biggest challenge hence government is creating avenues for more recruitment in this area’, he further added ‘to enable this last year 80% post graduation seats in medicine were filled which is targeted to 100% this year, also the MBBS seats are expected to increase from 30% to 50%’ .
He further stated ‘India has one of the highest NMR (Neonatal Mortality Rate) & IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) in the world which is an issue of grave concern, we are taking stern measures to minimise these rates and also thriving to reduce TFR (Total Fertility Rate) in order to control future population’. He mentioned ‘in 2009 India had world 2nd highest polio population which has come to zero now and there have been no case reported since Jan 2011 hence the WHO has declared India as a polio free country, a big achievement by any standards’. He then concluded ‘quality healthcare to remote areas is need of the hour, for this government has allocated INR 70,000 Crores in next 7 years through various schemes under which about 40,000 hospitals and polyclinics will be established at various levels’.
On the occasion Priyadarshni Academy Chairman Mr.Nanik Rupani said ’today Priyadarshni Academy is celebrating its 28th anniversary, our endeavour is to search young talents in various fields like-science, arts and literature and provide them support through scholarships’, he further added ’today I dearly miss my friend late Shri. Vilasrao Deshmukh, who pioneered to support Priyadarshni Academy right from its starting days, I also acknowledge valuable support of Industrialist Shri. Ramkrishna Bajaj, Union Home Minister Shri. Sushil Kumar Shinde and Leader Shri. Govind Rao Adik’, he then concluded ‘I appreciate the time and efforts put in by my colleagues at Priyadarshni Academy – Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr Niraj Bajaj ,Mr.Murli Adnani and Mr. Nayan Patel’.
On receiving the Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Globalisation of Indian Industry Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group said’ my father moved to offshore markets in 1960 as he didn’t agree with the Licence Raj then, I in 1997 decided to foray in international markets following forces of globalisation’, he then added ’our group policy is to access new markets and always try to be one step closer to the consumers, we are a MNC born in India with Indian soul, spread over 6 continents,38 countries with turnover of USD 40 Billion and 1,50,000 dedicated work force’, he then concluded ‘there is a respect for Indian companies and entrepreneurs across the globe and I would not hesitate to say that Indians can make best CEOs with best intellects, who have ability and vision to make India a global economic superpower’.
On receiving Smita Patil memorial award for best actress noted bollywood star Deepika Padukone said’ every morning when I wake and I resolve to work much harder, I m humbled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award at such an early stage, this award gives me the belief that I am moving in the right direction’.
Mr Nirj Deva on receiving global award for outstanding contribution to international development said’ I represent European economy which is one of the largest with the size of 17.8 Trillion Euros wherein about 110 Billion Euros (abt INR 7 lacs crores) is spend for development in poor countries in various sectors by way of various grants. These grants not loans which require to be paid back rather they are one time give away funds hence I am responsible for well spending of the European taxpayers money in the right direction in projects for agriculture, health care and education, so that more and more poor population get benefited. I appreciate work and mission of Priyadarshni Academy and heartily appreciate their endeavours’.
Dr. Samir Brahmachari on receiving global award for outstanding contributions in scientific innovations said ’I have a dream that in next 10 years by 2022 about 1,00,000 death occurring due to TB should come down to 100,when I discussed this with Mukesh Ambani, he said he will help me to bring it down to 10,but for this I require patients who will come forth to give their blood samples so then we could discover right drug through gnomic sciences’, he further added ’I wish I would be born in Maharashtra or Bengal 50 years ago as then I would have shared company of stalwarts like Dr. R. A. Mashalkar, Dr. Anil Kakodkar and Dr.Vijay Bhatkar or in Bengal were I would have shared eminence of Rabindra Nath Tagore or Dr. Bose’.
Dr. Jeanne Devos of Belgium on receiving Ramkrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Protecting the Rights of Domestic Workers said ’it is very important to protect rights of domestic workers also to protect them against exploitation and sexual harassment, we strived for years to fight for their rights and even pushed a sexual harassment bill in Indian parliament in 2010 which was eventually approved in 2011’, she further added ’getting domestic work done from a women or a child is a form of slavery or colonization which can be categorized as bonded labour hence should be eradicated as it’s a stigma on a modern equal society’, she then added’ we had propagated a referendum in this regard in ILO Geneva convention where 183 countries including India voted in support of it’, she further stated ’the cause of protection of domestic workers is gaining huge momentum globally and even India is implementing it at national and state level, to the extend states like Maharashtra have made their own Domestic Worker Welfare Board’, she concluded’ I dream of a society free of women and child workers then only in true sense the one can breathe real freedom and equality’ .
Mr. Aditya Puri on receiving the global award for outstanding contribution as visionary leader in the Banking Industry said ‘Indian banking system is one of the most stable banking systems in the world and its tie now it supports more of small and medium enterprises’ ,he added ’we have taken a pledge to uplift 1.2 million families who are living below poverty line to above poverty line’, he further stated ‘efforts should be imparted to input more financial resources in agriculture, small enterprises through microfinance schemes so then the person situated at the base of the pyramid should also be benefited’, he then concluded ‘ample precaution should be taken regarding the equity component of FII so that they don’t make yoyo of Indian economy like other western countries’.
Dr. Jacques Rogozinski of USA on receiving global award for outstanding contribution to economic development leveraging on small and medium enterprises said ’ about 80% of world’s industrial production comes from small and medium enterprises which in-turn are most prone for financial bottlenecks and bankruptcy, hence ample care and protection should be provided to there sectors to balance the industrial growth across the globe down to each level’ he then added ’the recent market trends have found India and Latin America in new trade equation which will benefits regions and people on both the side, thus redefining the global trade scenario’ .
Mr. Juan Schiaretti, Sr. Political Leader from Argentina on receiving global award for outstanding contributions to improve living conditions of the poor and for political transparency said ’its necessary that common citizens should have knowledge about political system as that give them knowledge about their rights and issues’, he further said ’for good governance its important to have clean and transparent political system, like the one I have tried to create in my region in Argentina, also we have worked a lot for supporting poor pregnant women’.