The Bharat Asmita awards are an annual event created to acknowledge and, indeed celebrate, those individuals who have contributed to society in a meaningful way. These awards then become a conduit through which the students of MIT-WPU can meet, interact with and get inspired by the personalities who contribute to society. This year the categories and their winners were

Best Teacher in the field of management: This award was given to Professor Debashis Chatterjee, who currently works at IIM Kozikhode, but who has taught leadership in other IIM’s as well as Harvard University.

Best Young Exponent of Parliamentary Practices: Supriya Sule, MP from Baramati and for the NCP has done a tremendous job so far. The daughter of renowned politician Sharad Pawar, Supriya Sule seems to have inherited her father’s political acumen at a very young age indeed. She absolutely deserves the award for Best Young Exponent of Parliamentary Practices.

Best use of lyrics/ music/ singing: Swanand Kirkire has won this award for the honesty of his lyrics, the passion of which is more than enough to motivate thousands.

Best use of Community Medicine and Healthcare for Public Awakening: Dr Chandrakant S Pandav has been actively involved in ensuring health and wellness for all Indians through the many committees he has headed, both privately and for the government, along with his research into numerous deficiencies, specifically iodine deficiencies. For this and many other accomplishments, the good doctor has earned himself a Bharat Asmita Award.

Best use of Science & Technology through Innovation: Dr Shekhar C Mande is the Secretary, DSIR and Director General Council of Scientific & Industrial Research. He did his Masters in Science with specializations in Chemistry, Mathematics and physics and completed his doctoral studies in Molecular Biophysics from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. For his pioneering work in DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics, the Bharat Asmita goes to him this year.

Lifetime Contribution: This prestigious category was awarded to Mr Faqir Chand Kohli. He is frequently referred to as the Father of the Indian Software Industry due to his significant contribution in Indian IT industry. He was the founder and first CEO of Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest software consultancy company.


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