Columbia University professor and economist Jagdish Bhagwati and
noted author Amitav Ghosh are among 19 persons winning the Light
of India awards recognizing excellence and the exemplary
achievement of Indians living abroad.
Winners for the awards instituted by Remit2India, a Times Group
online money transfers unit, were announced at the 2nd annual
awards function here Saturday.
Lifetime Achievement Awards: Columbia University professor &
economist, Jagdish Bhagwati, founder & CEO of Patni Computer
Systems, Narendra Patni and former CEO of Vodaphone Group - Arun
Jury and People's Choice Awards:
Excellence in Business Leadership: Bharat Desai, founder of Syntel
and Gurbaksh Chahal, internet entrepreneur and a best-selling
Excellence in Science & Technology: Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the
College of Engineering & the Philip & Marsha Dowd University
professor at Carnegie Mellon University and Sabeer Bhatia,
co-founder of Hotmail Service & Jaxtr.
Excellence in Corporate Leadership: Anshuman Jain, co-CEO of
Deutsche Bank and Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer of
Excellence in Education & Academics - Deans & Presidents: Renu
Khator, president of the University of Houston (both categories).
Excellence in Education & Academics- Scholars & Professors:
Soumitra Dutta, Roland Berger chaired professor of business and
technology and founder and academic director of e-lab and Mohanbir
Sawhney, director of the Centre for Research in Technology &
Innovation at Kellogg School of Management.
Excellence in Literature & Journalism: Amitav Ghosh and Indu
Sunderesan, both authors.
Excellence in Arts & Entertainment: Padma Lakshmi, host of 'Top
Chef' and Lisa Ray, actor and host of 'Top Chef' Canada.
Amrapali Young Achievers award: Gurbaksh Chahal, chairman & CEO of
Power of Influence in Education award: Satish K. Tripathi,
University of Buffalo President,
Power of Influence in Technology award: Ajay V. Bhatt, co-inventor
of USB Technology.