Kochi, Jan 9 (IANS) Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Wednesday announced the winners of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Divas awards, to be given away here later in the day by President Pranab Mukherjee.
The lone woman in the list is Patricia Maria Rozario, who is settled in the UK. She has won the award for contributions in the field of music.
Australian Indian Society of Victoria and Indian Doctors Forum in Kuwait are the two organisations that have been named for the award, and both get the award for community service.
President of Mauritius Rajkeswur Purryag, who was the chief guest at the opening session of the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, led the list of other awardees, winning it for public service.
Among others who won the awards are: Professor Gurusharan Singh Chatwal, Germany (Science); Ashok S. Vaswani, Guinea (community service); T.S. Ravindra Menon, Malaysia (Community service); Dr. Rasik V.Joshi, Mexico (Literature); Dr. Satendra K. Singh, New Zealand (Community service); Gilbert. C. Moutien, Reunion Island (Business); Mohammed R. Karuvanthodi, Saudi Arabia (Business); Ismail E. Ebrahim, South Africa (Business); Bava Pandalingal, UAE, (Community service); Dr. N.R.Kumar, US (Health care); and Subhash Razdan, US, (Public service).
Vice President Hamid Ansari was the chairman of the jury that decided the awards. The five-member jury was appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"I know that in the list of awardees there is only one lady. See, the nominations come from Indian embassies and former winners of these awards can also recommend one person. Then it is the decision of the jury," said Ravi, explaining the predominance of men among awardees.
The award carries a gold medal.
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