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Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

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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 India1

The official list of awardees can be found on the website of the Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs2


  • 1 Awardees for 2015
  • 2 Awardees for 2014
  • 3 Awardees for 2013
  • 4 Awardees for 2012
  • 5 Awardees for 2011
  • 6 Awardees for 2010
  • 7 Awardees for 2009
  • 8 Awardees for 2008
  • 9 Awardees for 2007
  • 10 Awardees for 2006
  • 11 Awardees for 2005
  • 12 Awardees for 2004
  • 13 Awardees for 2003
  • 14 References
  • 15 External links

Awardees for 2015edit

  • 1Mala Mehta, for her contribution to Hindi language She is 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
  • 2Donald Rabindernauth Ramaotar, President of Guyana and awarded for his work for the Indian diaspora in Guyana
  • 3Dr Rajaram Sanjaya, an India-born Mexico scientist, is winner of the '2014 World Food Prize' for developing 480 wheat varieties that have been released in 51 countries
  • 4Kanwal Singh Bakhshi, He is Member of Parliament MP from New Zealand He is also known for work he had done for the Indian diaspora in New Zealand
  • 5Rajmal Parakh, a leading philanthropist, active in social services and charitable work in Oman and India
  • 6Duraikannu Karunakaran, Justice of the Supreme Court, Republic of Seychelles
  • 7Essop Goolam Pahad, He is a South African politician He was Minister in the Presidency from 1999 to September 2008 in South Africa
  • 8Shah Bharatkumar Jayantilal, senior social worker for charities and philanthropic work in UAE
  • 9Ashraf Palarkunnummal, Malayalee Social activist, UAE
  • 10Mahendra Nanji Mehta, a Uganda-based businessman of Indian roots
  • 11Professor Nathu Ram Puri, of Purico Group He is founder of Purico Group are also chosen for their contribution to Indian diaspora
  • 12Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
  • 13Dr Nandini Tandon, She has been given this award for her work in life sciences and Healthcare and IT in USA and India along with other emerging markets
  • 14Dr Kamlesh Lulla, He is chief scientist for Earth observation in the Human Exploration Science Office at the Johnson Space Centre at NASA He has named for the award for his exceptional service to the space science
  • 15Raj Loomba, Baron Loomba, is a philanthropist and founder of clothing company Rinku Group He is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom

Awardees for 2014edit

  • 1 Ms Senator Lisa Maria Singh – First member of South Asian descent in Australian Parliament
  • 2 Kurian Varghese – Leading overseas Indian businessman in Bahrain
  • 3 Vasdev Chanchlani – Entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Canada
  • 4 Ramakrishna Mission – Fiji
  • 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 the United States Chancellor of the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston
  • 14 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 2013edit

  • 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 Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, Malaysia Community service
  • 9 Dr Rasik VJoshi, 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 2012edit

  • 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, Côte 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 2011edit

  • 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, Pediatrician, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Community Service
  • 11 Shri Mano Selvanathan, Sri Lanka Business
  • 12 Shri Mohan Jashanmal, UAE Community Service
  • 13 Baroness Dr Sandip Verma, UK Public Affairs

Awardees for 2010edit

Country Name Description Field of Merit
 United Arab Emirates Dr Azad Moopen Chairman of Aster DM Healthcare Healthcare

Awardees for 2009edit

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

Awardees for 2008edit

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 2007edit

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 KR 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 DrBavaguthu 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 2006edit

Country Name Description
 Thailand Shivnath Rai Bajaj
 Israel Eliahu Bezale
 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 2005edit

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 JK 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 Sant Singh Virmani Rice scientist
 United Arab Emirates M A Yousuf Ali Owner of EMKE Group Abu Dhabi based Indian conglomerate

Awardees for 2004edit

Country Name Description
 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
 India Dr P Mohamed Ali

Awardees for 2003edit

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 Shri Manilal Premchand Chandaria 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 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 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, which is first for a person of Indian origin in Canada


  1. ^ "Pravasi Bharatiya Divas concludes; Overseas Indian doctors ready to help India" Economic Times 9 Jan 2011 
  2. ^ Pravasi Bharatiya Samman MOIA website

External linksedit

  • 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

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