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Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Type Civilian
Category International
Description to honour exceptional NRIs and PIOs
Instituted 2003
Total awarded 136
Awarded by President of India

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]

The official list of awardees can be found on the website of the Indian Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.[2]


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

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.
  • 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.
  • 7.Essop Goolam Pahad,He is a South African politician. He was Minister in the Presidency from 1999 to September 2008 in South Africa.
  • 11.Professor Nathu Ram Puri, of Purico Group. He is founder of Purico Group are also chosen for their contribution to Indian diaspora.
  • 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

  • 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
  • 12. Dr. Parthasarathy Chiramel Pillai – Contributions in field of science, and fostering closer relations between India and USA
  • 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

  • 2. Narendra R Kumar – a doctor specialising in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery)
  • 3. Mohammed Rabeeh Karuvanthodi – He runs polyclinics in the Middle East.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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

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

Awardees for 2009

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 2008

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

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

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
 Réunion Jean-Paul Virapoullé
 United States Fareed Zakaria journalist, editor of Newsweek International

Awardees for 2005

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
 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

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 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 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 links

  • 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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