30 Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards Conferred by President of India


Varanasi.23rd Jan. Thirty awards have been conferred by Hon’ble President of India Sri Ram Nath Kovind  on the Indian Diaspora from diverse fields, including Administration, Arts and Academics, Business and Entrepreneurship, Community and Social Service, Engineering, Medical Science, etc.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honour conferred by the President of India as a part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Conventions on a Non Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) or organization or institution established and run by NRIs or PIOs, who have made significant contribution in one of the following fields :

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

Every year since 2003 till 2015, 15 PBSAs were awarded during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention. Since 2015, PBD Convention is being held Bi-annually and the number of PBSAs have been increased to 30.

A committee of officers constituted by MEA examine the nominations received with a view to ensure their completeness & draw up a short citation on each nominee to facilitate the work of the Jury-cum-Awards-Committee. The composition of Jury-cum-Awards-Committee is as follows:-

(a) Vice President of India – Chairman

(b) Minister of External Affairs – Vice-Chairman

(c) Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister – Member

(d) Home Secretary – Member 

(e) Foreign Secretary – Member

(f) Five members to be nominated by the Prime Minister 

(g) Secretary dealing with Overseas Indian Affairs in MEA – Member Secretary

List of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees (PBSA) for the year 2019

Sr. No. Name Country Field
1 Nihal Singh Agar Australia Social Service
2 Rajinder Nath Khazanchi Bhutan Civil Engineering
3 Ramesh Chotai Canada Business
4 Amit Waikar China Business
5 Indian Community Association in Egypt Egypt Community Service
6 Malini Ranganathan France Academics & Arts
7 Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Guyana Community Service
8 Bitthal Das Maheshwari Italy Business
9 Guna Sekhar Muppuri Jamaica Medical Science &Entrepreneurship
10 P. V. Sambasiva Rao Kenya Technology
11 Prakash Madhavdas Heda Kenya Medical Science
12 Rajpal Tyagi Kuwait Architecture
13 Banwarilal Satya Narayan Goenka Myanmar Business Management
14 Bhavdeep Singh Dhillon New Zealand Business
15 Himanshu Gulati Norway Public Service
16 Vinodan Verambally Thazhikuniyil Oman Business
17 Jagdeshwar Rao Maddukuri Poland Entrepreneurship
18 Purnendu Chandra Tiwary Qatar Training & Simulation
19 Anil Sooklal South Africa Diplomacy
20 Swami Saradaprabhananda South Africa Community Service
21 Rajendra Kumar Joshi Switzerland Science
22 Shamim Parkar Khan Tanzania Public Service
23 Girish Pant UAE Business
24 Surender Singh Kandhari UAE Business
25 Zulekha Daud UAE Medical Science & Business
26 Rajesh Chaplot Uganda Chartered Accountancy
27 Chandra Shekhar Mishra USA Science
28 Gita Gopinath USA Academics
29 Gitesh Jayantilal Desai USA Structural Engineering
30 Kiran Chhotubhai Patel USA Medical Science
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