Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

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Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Civilian award for contributions to International
The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil with the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awardees for 2009, at the 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in Chennai on January 09, 2009.jpg
President of India and awardees at a Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in 2009
Awarded forto honour exceptional NRIs and PIOs
Sponsored byPresident of India
First awarded2003
Total awarded136

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Overseas Indian Honour/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 honour exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field/profession. The award is given by the President of India.[1] Since 2016, the Government of India has doubled the number of awardees each year to 30 after a decision to grant the award once every two years.[2]

Award criteria[edit]

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is conferred for outstanding contributions in any of the following areas:

  1. "Better understanding of India"
  2. "Support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way"
  3. "Building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence;"
  4. "Social and humanitarian causes in India or abroad"
  5. "Welfare of the local Indian community"
  6. "Philanthropic and charitable work"
  7. "Eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence; or"
  8. "Eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers)."[3][4]

Awardees for 2019[edit]

2019 Awardees[5]
Country of residence Name Field of Merit
 Australia Nihal Singh Agar Social Service
 Bhutan Rajinder Nath Khazanchi Civil Engineering
 Canada Ramesh Chotai Business
 People's Republic of China Amit Waikar Business
 Egypt Indian Community Association in Egypt Community Service
 France Malini Ranganathan Academics & Arts
 Guyana Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Community Service
 Italy Bitthal Das Maheshwari Business
 Jamaica Guna Sekhar Muppuri Medical Science & Entrepreneurship
 Kenya P. V. Sambasiva Rao Technology
 Kenya Prakash Madhavdas Heda Medical Science
 Kuwait Rajpal Tyagi Architecture
 Myanmar Banwarilal Satya Narayan Goenka Business Management
 New Zealand Bhavdeep Singh Dhillon Business
 Norway Himanshu Gulati Public Service
 Oman Vinodan Verambally Thazhikuniyil Business
 Poland Jagdeshwar Rao Maddukuri Entrepreneurship
 Qatar Purnendu Chandra Tiwary Training & Simulation
 South Africa Anil Sooklal Diplomacy
 South Africa Swami Saradaprabhananda Community Service
  Switzerland Rajendra Kumar Joshi Science
 Tanzania Shamim Parkar Khan Public Service
 United Arab Emirates Girish Pant Business
 United Arab Emirates Surender Singh Kandhari Business
 United Arab Emirates Zulekha Daud Medical Science & Business
 Uganda Rajesh Chaplot Chartered Accountancy
 United States of America Chandra Shekhar Mishra Science
 United States of America Gita Gopinath Academics
 United States of America Gitesh Jayantilal Desai Structural Engineering
 United States of America Kiran C Patel Medical Science

Awardees for 2017[edit]

Country Name Field of Merit


 Australia Gorur Krishna Harinath Community Service
 Bahrain V.K. Rajashekharan Pillai Business
 Belgium Antwerp Indian Association Community Service
 Brunei Nazeer Ahamed Mohamed Zackiriah Community Service
 Canada Mukund Purohit Business
 Djibouti Nalinkumar Sumanlal Kothari Community Service
 Fiji Vinod Patel Social Service
 France Raghunath Marie Antonin Manet Arts & Culture
 Israel Lael Anson E. Best Medical Science
 Japan Sandip Kumar Tagore   Arts & Culture
 Libya Ariful Islam Community Service
 Malaysia Tan Sri Dato Dr. Muniandy Thambirajah Education and Community Service
 Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth Public Service
 Portugal António Costa Public Service
 Qatar Raghavan Seetharaman Business Management
 Saudi Arabia Zeenat Musarrat Jafri Education
 Singapore Singapore Indian Association Community Service
 Sweden Carani Balaraman Sanjeevi Medicine
 Thailand Susheel Kumar Saraff Business
 Trinidad and Tobago Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran Public Service
 United Arab Emirates Vasudev Shamdas Shroff Community Service
 United Arab Emirates India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi Philanthropy & Community Service
 United Kingdom Priti Patel Public Service
 United Kingdom Neena Gill Public Service
 United States of America Hari Babu Bindal Environmental Engineering
 United States of America Bharat Haridas Barai Community Service
 United States of America Nisha Desai Biswal Public Affairs
 United States of America Mahesh Mehta Community Service
 United States of America Ramesh Shah Community Service
 United States of America Sampatkumar Shidramapa Shivangi Community Leadership

Awardees for 2015[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Australia Mala Mehta Founder of Indo- Australian Bal Bharatiya Vidyalaya in Thornleigh suburb in Sydney. Since its establishment, she has been pursuing the growth of Hindi in Australia. Education & Community Service
 Guyana Donald Rabindernauth Ramaotar President of Guyana and awarded for his work for the Indian diaspora. Public Service
 Mexico Dr Rajaram Sanjaya India-born Mexico scientist and winner of the 2014 World Food Prize for developing 480 wheat varieties that have been released in 51 countries. Scientific Research
 New Zealand Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Member of Parliament (MP) from New Zealand. He is also known for his work for the Indian diaspora in New Zealand. Public Service
 Oman Rajmal Parakh Leading philanthropist, active in social services and charitable work in Oman and India. Social Service
 Seychelles Duraikannu Karunakaran Justice of the Supreme Court of Seychelles Judicial Service
 South Africa Essop Goolam Pahad Politician and Minister in the Presidency from 1999 to 2008 Public Service
 United Arab Emirates Shah Bharatkumar Jayantilal Social worker known for contributions to charities and philanthropy. Community Service
 United Arab Emirates Ashraf Palarkunnummal Social activist Social Work
 Uganda Mahendra Nanji Mehta Indian-origin businessman Public Service
 United Kingdom Nathu Ram Puri Founder of Purico and awarded for his contributions to the Indian diaspora. Education & Community Service
 United Kingdom Raj Loomba, Baron Loomba Philanthropist and founder of clothing company Rinku Group. He is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords Public Service
 United States of America Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft Business Management
 United States of America Kamlesh Lulla Chief Scientist for Earth Observation in the Human Exploration Science office at Johnson Space Center at NASA Scientific Research
 United States of America Nandini Tandon Awarded for her contributions to life sciences, healthcare and Information technology in USA, India as well as other emerging economies. Management of Healthcare and Business

Awardees for 2014[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Australia Ms. Senator Lisa Maria Singh First member of South Asian descent in Australian Parliament
 Bahrain Dr Varghese Kurian Leading overseas Indian businessman
 Canada Vasdev Chanchlani Entrepreneur and philanthropist based in
 Fiji Ramakrishna Mission
 France BikasChandra Sanyal Renowned educationist
 Netherlands Satnarainsing Rabin Baldewsingh Significant contribution to promoting better understanding of India
 Guyana Sasindran Mthuvel First Member of Parliament of Indian origin in Papua
 Saudi Arabia Shihabudeen VavaKunju Contributor to welfare of Indian community
 South Africa Ms. Ela Gandhi Contributions in promoting ties etween India and South Africa, and the cause of freedom
 United Arab Emirates Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil arambath Contribution in field of healthcare business and for promoting etter understanding of India
 United Kingdom Shailesh Vara First Indian origin Govt. minister for Conservative Party
 United States Dr. Parthasarathy Chiramel Pillai Contributions in field of science, and fostering closer relations between India and USA
 United States Dr. Renu Khator One of the first persons of Indian origin to head a higher system and a research university in the United States. Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston
 United States Dr. Namita Roy-Chowdhury First Indian woman to become a full professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Discoverer

of the genetic bases of inherited jaundice (Crigler-Najjar syndrome and Gilbert Syndrome)

Awardees for 2013[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Mauritius H E Mr. Rajkeswur Purryag The President of the Republic of Mauritius
 United States Narendra R Kumar A doctor specialising in otolaryngology head and neck surgery[7]
Middle East KT Rabeeullah Businessman - Chairman and Managing Director of Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group Middle East Community Service
 United Arab Emirates Bava Haji Pandalingal
 India Patricia Maria Rozario Music Contributions in the field of music "Outstanding achievements"[8]
 Germany Professor Gurusharan Singh Chatwal Science
 Guyana Ashok S. Vaswani, community service
 Malaysia Tan Sri Ravindran Menon Community service
 Mexico Dr. Rasik V.Joshi Literature
 New Zealand Dr.Satendra K.Singh Community service
 Réunion Gilbert. C. Moutien Business
 South Africa  Ismail E. Ebrahim Public Services
 United States Subhash Razdan Public service

Awardees for 2012[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Bahrain Mr. P. V. Radhakrishna Pillai or Plavalil Kizhakkethil Vasudevan Radhakrishna Pillai
 Cambodia Mr.Sachchidanand Sahai   
 Canada Indo‐Canada Chamber of Commerce     
 Côte d'Ivoire Mr. Deepak Naraindas Shivdasani   
 Germany Mr. Victor Shahid Smetacek    
 Indonesia Mr.Prakash Lohia    
 Mozambique Mr. Jose Parayanken     
 Oman Mr. Kiran Navinchandra Asher     
 Qatar Mr. Hassan Abdulkarim Chougule    
 Singapore Mr.S. R. Nathan — The former President of Singapore    
 South Africa Ms. Khorshed Noshir Ginwala     
 Trinidad and Tobago The Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago    
 Ukraine Mr. Rajesh Kumar Saraiya   
 United States Prof. Surendra Kumar Kaushik    
 United States Kalpalatha Kummamuri Guntupalli     

Awardees for 2011[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Australia Prof.Veena Harbhagwan Sahajwalla Science
 Canada Dr. Rajni Kanabar Arts
 Hong Kong Shri Harindarpal Singh Banga Business
 Israel Shri Hohammad Munir Nazir Hassan Ansari    Community Service
 Liberia Shri Upjit Singh Sachdeva  Community Service
 Malaysia Tan Sri Dato’ Ajit Singh Public Affairs
 New Zealand Sir Anand Satyanand Public Affairs
 Netherlands Shri Saleh Wahid Community Service
 Qatar Indian Community Benevolent Forum Community Service
 Saudi Arabia Dr. Mohiaddin Syed Karimuddin Pediatrician, Jeddah Community Service
 Sri Lanka Shri Mano Selvanathan Business
 United Arab Emirates Shri Mohan Jashanmal Community Service
 United Kingdom Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma  Public Affairs

Awardees for 2010[9][edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 United Arab Emirates Dr.Azad Moopen Chairman of Aster DM Healthcare Healthcare
 Tanzania Dr. Rajni Kanabar In recognition of the philanthropic work done under the Tanzania Heart Babies Project. He was instrumental in facilitating surgeries of 1300 children from Tanzania in India who were suffering from congenital heart defects. Founder of the Regency Medical Centre in Dar es Salaam Healthcare
 Brunei Darussalam Shri Mohinder Singh Bhullar Community Service
 Fiji Shri Yanktesh Permal Reddy Community Service
 Japan Shri Ryuko Hira Community Service
 Japan Smt Dr. Ruby Umesh Pawankar Medicine
 Oman Shri Suresh Kumar Virmani Community Service
 South Africa Shri Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan Public Service
 South Africa  Dr. Tholisiah Perumal Naidoo Community Service
 Thailand Shri Deepak Mittal Business
 Trinidad & Tobago  Dr. Lenny Krishendath Saith Public Service
 USA Dr. Mani Lal Bhaumik Community Service
 USA Shri Ashok Kumar Mago Community Service
 USA Shri Upendra J. Chivukula Public Service

Awardees for 2009[9][edit]

Country Name Field of Merit
 Malaysia Tan Sri G. Vadiveloo Community Service
 Bahrain Soman Baby Community Service
 Mauritius Shri Angidi Veeriah Chettiar Public Service
 Madagascar Shri Ylias Akbaraly Community Service
 Netherlands Shri Ram Lakhina Community Service
 Oman P. N. C. Menon Philanthropy
 South Africa Shri Parmananthan ‘Prema’ Naidoo Public Service
 Suriname Shri Ramdien Sardjoe Public Service
 United Arab Emirates Shri J. R. Gangaramani Community Service
 United Kingdom Baroness Shreela Flather Public Service
 United States Prof C. K. Prahalad Management
 United States Prof. Sumit Ganguly Public Service
 United States Dr. Sampatkumar Shidramapa Shivangi Community Leadership

Awardees for 2008[edit]

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 Saudi Arabia Dr. Mohammed Roshankt 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[edit]

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. Panchapakesa Jayaraman Writer, Promoter of Hindi language and literature Culture

Awardees for 2006[edit]

Country Name Description
 Thailand Shivnath Rai Bajaj
 Israel Eliahu Bezalel
 Mauritius Abdool Raouf Bundhun
 Philippines Pratima Kale
 Saudi Arabia Majid Uddin Kazi
 Qatar C. K. Menon
 United Kingdom Gulam Kaderbhai Noon
 United States Sudhir M. Parikh
 Guyana Yesu Persaud
 Seychelles V. Ramadoss
 South Africa Sisupal Rambharos
 United States Niranjan S. Shah
 Hong Kong Rusy M. Shroff
 Singapore Shan V
 Réunion Jean-Paul Virapoullé
 United States Fareed Zakaria journalist, editor of Newsweek International

Awardees for 2005[edit]

Country Name Description
 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
 Sri Lanka A Vijayan Disaster Search & Rescue - Indian Ocean Tsunami
 United States Sant Singh Virmani Rice scientist
 United Arab Emirates M. A. Yusuff Ali Owner of Lulu Group International (Abu Dhabi headquartered Indian conglomerate)

Awardees for 2004[edit]

Country Name Description
 Thailand Dipak Jain Dean, Kellogg School of Management
 United States Kalpana Chawla NASA Astronaut
 Zimbabwe Ahmed Moosa Ebrahim Supreme Court justice
 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
 India Dr P Mohamed Ali

Awardees for 2003[edit]

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 He 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 Navnit Dholakia, Baron 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.
 United States 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 Attorney General of Guyana and Member of International Commission of Jurists. Sir Ramphal also held positions of responsibility in international organizations such as Independent Commission on International Development Issues, Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues, Independent Commission of International Humanitarian Issues and World Commission on Environment and Development, Chairman UN Committee for Development Planning and President, World
 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 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, which is first for a person of Indian origin in Canada.


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