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to honour exceptional NRIs and PIOs

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.


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

Awardees for 2015

  • 1.Mala 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.
  • 2.Donald Rabindernauth Ramaotar, President of Guyana and awarded for his work for the Indian diaspora in Guyana.
  • 3.Dr 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.
  • 4.Kanwal 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.
  • 5.Rajmal Parakh, a leading philanthropist, active in social services and charitable work in Oman and India.
  • 6.Duraikannu Karunakaran, Justice of the Supreme Court, Republic of Seychelles
  • 7.Essop Goolam Pahad,He is a South African politician. He was Minister in the Presidency from 1999 to September 2008 in South Africa.
  • 8.Shah Bharatkumar Jayantilal, senior social worker for charities and philanthropic work in UAE.
  • 9.Ashraf Palarkunnummal, Malayalee Social activist, UAE
  • 10.Mahendra Nanji Mehta, a Uganda-based businessman of Indian roots
  • 11.Professor Nathu Ram Puri, of Purico Group. He is founder of Purico Group are also chosen for their contribution to Indian diaspora.
  • 12.Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
  • 13.Dr. 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.
  • 14.Dr. 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.
  • 15.Raj 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 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
  • 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 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. Tan Sri Ravindran 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, 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 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, Pediatrician, Jeddah, 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)
  • References

    Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Wikipedia

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