Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
|Pravasi Bharatiya Samman|
|Description||to honour exceptional NRIs and PIOs|
|Awarded by||President of India|
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award) is an award constituted by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India in conjunction with the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-resident Indian Day), to honor exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field/profession. The award is given by the President of India.
Awardees for 2014
- 1. Ms. Senator Lisa Maria Singh - First member of South Asian descent in Australian Parliament
- 2. Kurian Varghese - Leading overseas Indian businessman in Bahrain
- 5. Bikas Chandra Sanyal - Renowned educationist in France
- 6. Satnarainsing Rabin Baldewsingh - Significant contribution to promoting better understanding of India in The Netherlands
- 7. Sasindran Muthuvel - First Member of Parliament of Indian origin in Papua New Guinea
- 8. Shihabudeen Vava Kunju - Contributor to welfare of Indian community in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- 9. Ms. Ela Gandhi - Contributions in promoting ties between India and South Africa, and the cause of freedom in South Africa
- 10. Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil Parambath - Contribution in field of healthcare business and for promoting better understanding of India in UAE
- 11. Shailesh Lakhman Vara - First Indian origin Govt. minister for Conservative Party in UK
- 12. Dr. Parthasarathy Chiramel Pillai - Contributions in field of science, and fostering closer relations between India and USA
- 13. Dr. Renu Khator - one of the first persons of Indian origin to head a higher system and a research university in America. President and Chancellor of The University of Houston.
Awardees for 2013
- 1. H E Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag - The President of the Republic of Mauritius.
- 2. Narendra R Kumar - a doctor specialising in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery)
- 3. Mohammed Rabeeh Karuvanthodi - He runs polyclinics in the Middle East.
- 4. Bava Haji Pandalingal - United Arab Emirates.
- 5. Patricia Maria Rozario - Her contributions in the field of music, is the Only Women who won this Award.
- 6. Professor Gurusharan Singh Chatwal, Germany (Science).
- 7. Ashok S. Vaswani, Guinea (community service).
- 8. T.S. Ravindra Menon, Malaysia (Community service).
- 9. Dr. Rasik V.Joshi , Mexico (Literature).
- 10. Dr. Satendra K. Singh, New Zealand (Community service).
- 11. Gilbert. C. Moutien, Reunion Island (Business).
- 12. Ismail E. Ebrahim, South Africa (Public service).
- 13. Subhash Razdan, US, (Public service).
Awardees for 2012
- 1. Mr. Radhakrishna Plavalil Kizhakkethil Vasudevan Pillai, Bahrain.
- 2. Mr. Sachchidanand Sahai, Cambodia
- 3. Indo‐Canada Chamber of Commerce, Canada
- 4. Mr. Deepak Naraindas Shivdasani, Cote D’Ivoire
- 5. Mr. Victor Shahid Smetacek, Germany
- 6. Mr. Prakash Lohia, Indonesia
- 7. Mr. Jose Parayanken, Mozambique
- 8. Mr. Kiran Navinchandra Asher, Oman
- 9. Mr. Hassan Abdulkarim Chougule, Qatar
- 10. Mr. S.R. Nathan — The former President of Singapore
- 11. Ms. Khorshed Noshir Ginwala, South Africa
- 12. Hon. Kamla Persad‐Bissessar — The Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
- 13. Mr. Rajesh Kumar Saraiya, Ukraine
- 14. Prof. Surendra Kumar Kaushik, USA
- 15. Ms. Kalpalatha Kummamuri Guntupalli, USA
Awardees for 2011
- 1. Prof. Veena Harbhagwan Sahajwalla, Australia (Science)
- 2. Ms. Lata Pada, Canada (Arts)
- 3. Shri Harindrapal Singh Banga, Hong Kong (Business)
- 4. Shri Hohammad Munir Nazir Hassan Ansari, Israel (Community Service)
- 5. Shri Upjit Singh Sachdeva, Liberia (Community Service)
- 6. Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh, Malaysia (Public Affairs)
- 7. Sir Anand Satyanand, New Zealand (Public Affairs)
- 8. Shri Saleh Wahid, Netherlands (Community Service)
- 9. Indian Community Benevolent Forum, Qatar (Community Service)
- 10. Dr. Mohiaddin Syed Karimuddin, Saudi Arabia (Community Service)
- 11. Shri Mano Selvanathan, Sri Lanka (Business)
- 12. Shri Mohan Jashanmal, U.A.E. (Community Service)
- 13. Baroness (Dr.) Sandip Verma, U.K. (Public Affairs)
Awardees for 2010
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Awardees for 2009
Awardees for 2008
|Country||Name||Description||Field of Merit|
|Netherlands||Ram Labhaya Lakhina||Founder and Executive President of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT)||Community Affairs|
|Country||Name||Description||Field of Merit|
|Saudi Arabia||Dr. MohammedRoshankt||Chairman of TCS-FNS|
|Bahrain||Dr. Ravi Pillai||Managing director Nasser Al Hajri Corporation||Business|
|Mauritius||Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam||Prime Minister Mauritius||Public Affairs|
|Australia||Neville Joseph Roach||Chairman of TCS-FNS|
|Japan||A. P. S. Mani||Founder and coordinator of Indian Community Activities in Tokyo|
|New Zealand||Judge Ajit Swaran Singh||District Judge in New Zealand|
|Saudi Arabia||Dr. Rafiudin Fazulbhoy||Founding member of the Indian school at Jeddah and the Indian Pilgrims' Welfare Forum|
|Sweden||Bicky Chakraborty||CEO Elite Hotels, Sweden|
|United Arab Emirates||Krishnamurthy Kumar||Founding governor of the Indian Business and Professional Council|
|United Kingdom||Lord Karan Bilimoria||Chancellor Thames Valley University|
|United States||Dr. Thomas Abraham||Founder chairman Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO Inc.)|
|United States||Joy Cherian||Commissioner at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission|
|Trinidad and Tobago||National Council of Indian Culture||NGO dedicated to the promotion of Indian culture in Trinidad and Tobago|
Awardees for 2007
|Country||Name||Description||Field of Merit|
|United States||Gopal Raju||journalist, founder-editor India Abroad||Media|
|United Kingdom||Lord Diljit Rana||Hon. Consul Belfast, Managing Director Andras House||Business|
|Canada||Dave Sukhdip Singh Hayer||Member of Legislative Assembly of British Columbia||Public Affairs|
|United States||Dr. Madhavan Anirudhan||President Essen Nutrition||Business|
|South Africa||Billy Nair||Member of Parliament, ANC South Africa||Public Affairs|
|Kenya||Pheroze Nowrojee||Advocate, Human Rights Activist||Community Affairs|
|United States||Nirmal K. Sinha||Community Leader, Significant contribution to fostering friendship between India and USA||Community Affairs|
|Malaysia||Tan Sri Dato K.R. Somasundram||Executive Chairman, National Land Finance Co-operative Society||Public Affairs|
|Jamaica||Kenneth S. Benjamin||Founder and chairman of the Guardsman Group||Business|
|Germany||Sibabrata Roy||President Indo-German Society Hamburg, Promoter of Indian Culture in Germany||Community Affairs|
|United Arab Emirates||Syed M. Salahuddin||Managing Director, ETA-Ascon Group||Business|
|United Arab Emirates||Dr.Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty||Businessman Pharmaceuticals, Chairman Board of Governors Abu Dhabi Indian School||Business|
|Fiji||Sir Moti Tikaram||Justice, National President Fiji World Jurist Association||Public Affairs|
|Portugal||Dr. Abdool Magid Karim Vakil||President Comunidade Islamica de Lisboa||Business|
|United States||Dr. P. Jayaraman||Writer, Promoter of Hindi language and literature||Culture|
Awardees for 2006
|Thailand||Shivnath Rai Bajaj|
|Mauritius||Abdool Raouf Bundhun|
|Saudi Arabia||Majid Uddin Kazi|
|United Kingdom||Gulam Kaderbhai Noon|
|United States||Sudhir Parikh|
|South Africa||Sisupal Rambharos|
|United States||Niranjan S. Shah|
|Hong Kong||Rusy M. Shroff|
|United States||Fareed Zakaria||journalist, editor of Newsweek International|
Awardees for 2005
|Hong Kong||M. Arunachalam||President, Asia Pacific India Chambers of Commerce|
|United States||Jagdish Bhagwati||Indian American economist|
|South Africa||Amina Cachalia||Women's activist, politician|
|Tanzania||J.K. Chande||Chancellor, International Medical and Technological University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.|
|Germany||Alokeranjan Dasgupta||Poet, philosopher, academic|
|South Africa||Ahmed Kathrada||South African anti-apartheid activist|
|United States||Sunil Khilnani||Political scientist, writer|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Basdeo Panday||Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Kingdom||Bhikhu Parekh||member, British House of Lords|
|United States||Sam Pitroda||Indian American entrepreneur and Indian communications policymaker|
|United Kingdom||Vikram Seth||Novelist and poet|
|United States||M. Night Shyamalan||Indian American film screenwriter, director and producer|
|Fiji||Vijay Singh||Indo-Fijian golfer|
|United States||Dr. Sant Singh Virmani||Rice scientist|
|United Arab Emirates||M. A. Yousuf Ali||Owner of EMKE Group (Abu Dhabi based Indian conglomerate)|
Awardees for 2004
|Thailand||Dipak Jain||Dean, Kellogg School of Management|
|United States||Kalpana Chawla||NASA Astronaut|
|Zimbabwe||Justice Ahmed Moosa Ebrahim|
|Guyana||Bharrat Jagdeo||President of Guyana|
|Fiji||Mahendra Pal Chaudhry||Fmr. Prime Minister of Fiji|
|Kuwait||Dr. Marian Chisti|
|United Kingdom||Lord Meghnad Desai||Economist, Writer, Labour politician|
|United States||Narinder Singh Kapany|
|United States||Shashi Tharoor||Politician, Diplomat, Writer|
|New Zealand||Sukhi Turner||Fmr. Mayor of Dunedin, New Zealand|
Awardees for 2003
Country Name Description Mauritius Rt. Hon’ble Sir Anerood Jugnauth Prime Minister of Mauritius.
South Africa Prof. Fatima Meer she took active part in political, social and philanthropic causes, deeply influenced by the Gandhian values and approach
Hong Kong Dr. Hari N. Harilela business ventures and community welfare activities, he has been long considered the standard-bearer and the most recognizable symbol of the Indian Diaspora in Hong Kong
Oman Shri Kanaksi Gokaldas Khimji The Khimjis have utilized their proximity to the ruling family in the cause of the Diaspora and strengthening links between India and Oman.
Kenya Shri Manilal Premchand Chandaria Shri Chandaria has used his resources to propagate Indian ethos and values. He helped set-up Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Academy Society and Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund in Kenya.
United Kingdom Lord Navnit Dholakia Lord Dholakia made significant contributions in the fields of community care and issues relating to ethnic unrest. He played an important role in addressing the sensitive issue of racial discontent.
USA Shri Rajat Gupta Shri Gupta has embarked on work relating to community welfare and social and Philanthropic causes. He played a key-role in the establishment of the Indian School of Business at Hyderabad.
Guyana Sir Shridath Surendranath Ramphal Sir Ramphal is a distinguished Jurist having been Solicitor General and AttorneyGeneral of Guyana and Member of International Commission of Jurists. Sir Ramphalalso held positions of responsibility in international organizations such as Independent Commission on International Development Issues, IndependentCommission on Disarmament and Security Issues, Independent Commission ofInternational Humanitarian Issues and World Commission on environment andDevelopment, Chairman UN Committee for Development Planning and President,World Conservation Union (IUCN).
Malaysia Dato’ Seri S. Samy Vellu Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing (1978–79); Minister for Works (1979–85) and Minister of Energy, Tele communications & Posts, Malaysia (1989–95). He has been a Member of the House of Representatives of the Malaysian Parliament since 1974.
Canada Shri Ujjal Dosanjh In 1991 Shri Dosanjh was elected as Member of Legislative Assembly in the Vancouver Kensington constituency and then as Caucus Chair. He became the Minister for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, Sports and Immigration in 1995 and then was appointed the Attorney General of British Columbia. In a historic development, he was elected as the 33rd Premier and President of the Executive Council of the British Columbia, first for a person of Indian origin in Canada.
- "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas concludes; Overseas Indian doctors ready to help India". Economic Times. 9 Jan 2011.
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman MOIA website.
- List of Previous Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awardees MOIA website
- Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Official webpage at Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA)
- Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Official website