THE PRIYADARSHNI ACADEMY GLOBAL AWARDS

HISTORY

On September 19, 1985, Priyadarshni Academy celebrated its first anniversary by holding an awards ceremony at Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Towers. It is Mr Rupani’s belief that nothing encourages talent and endeavour better than acknowledgement. The very first awards evening was attended by the entire cabinet of Maharashtra’s ruling government! Not only was this a feat in itself, but Mr Nanik Rupani had also invited the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar and MPCC (I) President, Ms Prabha Rau to attend the ceremony in spite of the widely known political differences that had surfaced between them. It was widely said that reconnecting these two dignitaries was a unique showcase of the humanist in Mr Rupani at work – the ‘Rupani Cement’!

THE AWARDS OVER THE YEARS

Now, nearly four decades on, the Priyadarshni Academy Global Awards has grown into becoming one of the rare internationally recognized humanitarian awards, instituted in India. It was always Mr Rupani’s dream to create an award that would stand as tall as the globally revered Nobel Prize, and the Priyadarshni Academy Global Awards are indeed viewed by many leaders as Asia’s very own Nobel awards.

WORLD LEADERS AT THE PRIYADARSHNI ACADEMY GLOBAL AWARDS

The power and credibility of the Priyadarshni Academy Global Awards, are reflected in the illustrious roster of dignitaries and super-achievers of both national and international repute, who have graced the occasion, over the years. Awards have been given in the categories of Business Leadership, Environment Conservation, Humanitarian Work, Corporate Social Responsibility, Science and Technology and various other fields.
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34TH ANNIVERSARY GLOBAL AWARDS

Priyadarshni Academy’s internationally recognised Global Awards for the year 2018 honours the following eminent personalities who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Chief Guest

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari
  • (Minister of Shipping; Road Transport & Highways; Water Resources; River Developement & Ganga Rejuvenation)

Presided by

  • Shri Suresh Prabhu
  • (Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation)

Guest of Honour

  • Shri Piyush Goyal
  • (Minister of Railways and Coal)

PHOTO GALLERY

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Shipping; Road Transport & Highways; Water Resources; River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, lighting the lamp. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, and Mr. Nanik Rupani.

Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy; welcoming the gathering

Mr. Nanik Rupani, Chairman Emeritus, Priyadarshni Academy; addressing the audience.

Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy Global Awards Advisory Committee; addressing the audience ,

Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, and Mr. Nanik Rupani presenting a bouquet to Mr. Nitin Gadkari.

Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani presenting a bouquet to Mr. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways and Coal. Also seen in the picture is Mr. Nanik Rupani.

Ms. Anu Aga, Chairperson and Founder Trustee, Teach For India, Mumbai, India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for outstanding contribution to Education for Underprivileged from Mr. Nitin Gadkari. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nanik Rupani and Mr. Piyush Goyal.

Ms. Neelam Makhijani, Country Director, ChildFund India, Bengaluru, India, receiving Pralhad P. Chhabria Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to Child Development from Mr. Piyush Goyal. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Mr. Nanik Rupani, Ms. Anushka Sharma and Ms. Aruna Katara, President, Hope Foundation and Research Centre (Hope Foundation).

Ms. Anushka Sharma, Actor, Mumbai, India, receiving Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actor from Mr. Nitin Gadkari. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nanik Rupani and Mr. Piyush Goyal.

Ms. Elisabeth Rehn, Hon. Minister of State, Finland, receiving Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of Peace and Crisis Management from Mr. Piyush Goyal. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nitin Gadkari and Mr. Nanik Rupani.

Mr. Ronnie Screwvala, Founder Director, Swades Foundation, Mumbai, India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for outstanding contribution to Innovative Entertainment and Community Development from Mr. Nitin Gadkari. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mrs. Zarine Screwvala, Mr. Piyush Goyal and Mr. Nanik Rupani.

Prof. M. M. Sharma, Emeritus Professor of Eminence, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for outstanding contribution to Science and Technology from Mr. Piyush Goyal. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar and Mr. Nanik Rupani

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, releasing Priyadarshni Academy's book titled "34 Years of Service to Humanity". Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Rahul Karad, Mr. Nanik Rupani and Mr. Piyush Goyal.

Mr. Vijay Karia, Chairman & Managing Director, Ravin Group, receiving Chief Patron trophy from Mr. Nitin Gadkari while Mr. Nanik Rupani looks on.

Mr. Piyush Goyal, addressing the audience.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, addressing the audience.

A view of the audience.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, presenting a bouquet to Ms. Reena Rupani, Trustee, Priyadarshni Academy; & Master of Ceremonies. Also seen in the picture are Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani and Mr. Nanik Rupani.

Mr. Prabodh Thakker, Vice Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy, proposing the Vote of Thanks.