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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37TH ANNIVERSARY GLOBAL AWARDS

Priyadarshni Academy’s internationally recognised Global Awards for the year 2021 honours the following eminent personalities who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Chief Guest

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari
  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India

Guest of Honour

  • Shri Suresh Prabhu
  • 6-time MP; Past Federal Minister of 10 Portfolios, Government of India

Guest of Honour

  • Shri Piyush Goyal
  • Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food and Public Distribution. Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India

PHOTO GALLERY

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

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

Ms. Reena Rupani, Trustee, Priyadarshni Academy and Master of Ceremonies; addressing the audience.

Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Mr. Nanik Rupani and Ms. Reena Rupani at the awards ceremony.

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

Mr. Piyush Goyal, Guest of Honour, addressing the audience. Also seen in the picture, Ms. Reena Rupani.

Mr. Suresh Prabhu Guest of Honour, addressing the audience. Also seen in the picture, Ms. Reena Rupani.

Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Chief Guest, addressing the audience. Also seen in the picture, Ms. Reena Rupani.

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living, Bengaluru, India receiving Harbinger of Peace, Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Welfare and Spirituality from Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India.

Mr. Gautam Adani, Founder and Chairman, Adani Group, Ahmedabad, India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Ramkrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry, Commerce and Infrastructure Development from Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India.

Mr. Gautam Adani, Founder and Chairman, Adani Group, Ahmedabad, India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Ramkrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Industry, Commerce and Infrastructure Development in-person from Shri Nanik Rupani, Chairman Emeritus, Priyadarshni Academy.

Baroness Sandip Verma, Chair, UN Women UK; Member of the House of Lords; United Kingdom receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Women's Welfare, Rights and Gender Equality fromShri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India.

Dr. Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to National Economic Recovery from Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India.

Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; The London School of Economics, United Kingdom receiving Priyadarshni Academy Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Economic Growth and Tackling Climate Change from Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India.

Mr. Sang-Hoon Bang, President & CEO, The Chosunilbo, South Korea, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Pralhad P. Chhabria Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and Freedom of Press from Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India

Ms. Kiara Advani, Actress, India receiving the Priyadarshni Academy Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actress from Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry, Consumer affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Leader of the House - Rajya Sabha, Government of India.

Mr. Ashish Vaid, Vice Chair, Priyadarshni Academy, proposing the Vote of Thanks.

36TH ANNIVERSARY GLOBAL AWARDS

Priyadarshni Academy’s internationally recognised Global Awards for the year 2020 honours the following eminent personalities who have made significant contributions in their respective fields.

Chief Guest

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari
  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways & MSMEs, Government of India

Guest of Honour

  • Shri Suresh Prabhu
  • India's Sherpa to the G20 and Former Union Minister, Government of India

Guest of Honour

  • Shri Piyush Goyal
  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, Government of India

PHOTO GALLERY

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.

Ms. Reena Rupani, Trustee, Priyadarshni Academy and Master of Ceremonies; addressing the audience.

Mr. Suresh Prabhu Guest of Honour, addressing the audience.

Mr. Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum, Switzerland, receiving the Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to Economic Welfare and Sustainable Growth from Dr. R A Mashelkar, Chairman, Global Awards Advisory Committee

Mr. Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum, Switzerland, receiving the Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to Economic Welfare and Sustainable Growth in-person from Mr. Suresh Prabhu.

Mr. José Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France, receiving Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for outstanding contribution to Global Economic Co-operation from Mr. Nanik Rupani, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy

Ms. Graça Machel, DBE HonFBA, Founder and Chairperson, The Graça Machel Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa, receiving the Priyadarshni Academy Global Award for outstanding contribution to the Welfare of Women and Children from Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, Priyadarshni Academy

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy’s Pralhad P. Chhabria Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to the FMCG Industry from Dr. R A Mashelkar, Chairman, Global Awards Advisory Committee.

Mr. Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., India, receiving Priyadarshni Academy’s Pralhad P. Chhabria Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to the FMCG Industry in-person from Mr. Nanik Rupani, Chairman Emeritus, Priyadarshni Academy. Also seen in the picture are (L-R) Ms. Reena Rupani and Mr. Ashish Vaid.

Mr. Kamlesh Patel (Daaji), President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, India receiving Ramkrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of Holistic Healing through Spirituality and Yoga from Shri Suresh Prabhu, India's Sherpa to the G20 and Former Union Minister, Government of India.

Ms. Taapsee Pannu, Actress, India, receiving Smita Patil Memorial Award for best actress from Shri Suresh Prabhu, India's Sherpa to the G20 and Former Union Minister, Government of India.

Mr. Ashish Vaid, Vice Chair, Priyadarshni Academy, proposing the Vote of Thanks.