Remit2India announced today the final list of nominees for the annual Light of India Awards, brought in association with The Amrapali Group, at a curtain raiser event held at The Taj Pierre Hotel in New York. In its second year now, The Light of India Awards honors Indians abroad who have made significant contributions in their respective fields across the world.
The event featured Reshma Saujani, Deputy Advocate for Special Initiatives at the New York City Office, in a Q&A discussion on the role of Indian Americans in public policy and politics, with Sital Patel, an accomplished British Indian and senior producer at FOX News, moderating the talk.
Avijit Nanda, President TimesofMoney was also present at the event and said, “Remit2India The Light of India Awards aims to raise awareness about the achievements of Indians abroad. We are very excited about this year’s list of nominees, which includes stalwarts from various fields. We hope that the awards help raise the profile of successful Indians around the world.”
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Chairman Amrapali Group said ‘It’s an honor to be associated with this prestigious property once again this year. We are happy to be part of these awards which recognize eminent Indians across the globe who have helped shape the image of India abroad"
In addition, Suhel Seth, a marketing consultant and well-known social commentator, as well as a jury member for the 2012 Light of India Awards, was present at the curtain raiser. Seth said, “It’s an honor to be on the jury that will choose the Light of India award winners. This year’s nominees include several prominent Indian Americans who have remarkably impacted and shaped their respective fields in the U.S. and globally. The jury faces a difficult task in selecting the winners.”
The Light of India Awards recognizes excellence and exemplary achievements of Indians abroad in the fields of Business, Education, Science & Technology, Arts & Entertainment and Literature & Journalism. There will be two sets of awards - Jury awards and People’s Choice awards. The organizing team shortlisted 4-6 nominees per category on the basis of set criterions which involved Achievements in Global Perspective, Contribution to the Industry of work and Initiatives in the Homeland. The Jury will deliberate to select the recipients in each category. These winners will be presented 'The Jury Award'. The list of nominees will also be posted on the website - LightofIndiaAwards.com for online public voting. Winners of the people’s choice category will be based on the maximum number of votes received by the individual nominee. The entire process of selection of recipient will be validated by KPMG in India.
The winners will be announced on June 1, 2012 at a gala event, to be held at The Pierre; A Taj Hotel, in New York city.
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Presenting Sponsor: The Amrapali Group
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Validating Partner: KPMG in India
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