Sayaji Ratna Award - Award Ceremony

BMA has instituted a National Award, SAYAJI RATNA AWARD, to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III. An individual of national and international repute in the field of Business, Sports, Arts, Humanity, Education, Governance or Medicine who exhibits traits of Sir Sayajirao is chosen  to receive this award. An eminent jury selects a recipient whose life has demonstrated the stellar qualities that Maharaja Sayajirao III imbibed and exhibited during his illustrious reign. Significant among those qualities are - Vision, Integrity, Compassion, Philanthropy, Institution Building Ability, Patronage of Experts and Leadership that touches, inspires and uplifts all sections of the society. The Jury includes Shrimant Samarjitsinh Gaekwad - Maharaja of Baroda; Mr. Hasmukh Shah – Former Chairman & Managing Director, IPCL; Mr Deepak Parekh - Chairman, HDFC; Mr. D K Sarraf - Chairman & Managing Director, ONGC Ltd., Mr. Dilip Shanghvi - Founder and Managing Director, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, AIMA President Mr. Firdose Vandrevala Executive Vice Chairman, Essar Steel India.

The first recipient was   Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus of Infosys. Shri  Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, was chosen as the second recipient of the Sayaji Ratna Award.

Shri Ratan Tata then proceeded for the Sayaji Nagar Gruh, where he was conferred with the ‘Sayaji Ratna Award’. Attended by more than 1600 people from all strata of society, the hall gave standing ovation to Shri Tata as many as 3 times. Scroll of Honor and Award were presented by jury members Shri Hasmukh Shah, Shrimat Samarjitsinh Gaekwad and Shri Firdose Vandrevala in presence of Rajamata Smt. Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad, Chancellor, M S University of Vadodara. The Award Ceremony was well conducted by the Master of Ceremony, Ms. Shraddha Thakkar.

Shri Ratan Tata dedicated the award to all the employees of the TATA Group. He said: “I urge all of you young people to look at India as a land of opportunities, bearing in mind that we all deep down inside us would like to see India as a country that gives equal opportunities to all based on the merits and not on who you are or whose sons and daughters you are, whom you know, but on the merit of what you achieve.” Shri Tata also said ‘Vested interested has become the greatest curse in the way of India’s progress, and the most unfortunate part is that it mainly comes from the Private sectors’.


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