TIMES NOW India’s with a presence in over 75 countries celebrated the success and achievements of Indians across the world with the announcement of the winners of ‘NRI of the Year’ awards. The event also marked the presence of Honourable Cabinet Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs- Vayalar Ravi as the chief guest. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan who was felicitated with India's Global Icon Award.
The first edition of the TIMES NOW ICICI Bank NRI of the Year awards powered by Global Indian International School (GIIS) awarded individuals under 6 different categories- Entrepreneur, Professional, Student, Arts/ Entertainment, Philanthropy and Social Good and contribution to India. The achievers are contestants from USA, Canada, Singapore, UK, and Middle East including Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.
With their grit and perseverance, Non Resident Indians have achieved tremendous success in various fields in the countries they have chosen to adapt as their homes. Many NRIs are accomplished politicians, scientists, sportsmen, businessmen, professionals and academicians in various countries and ‘NRI of the Year’ awards recognize the success of these achievers.
The TIMES NOW ICICI Bank NRI of the Year Awards is powered by Global Indian International School (GIIS). Ducon Group, USA and Maharastra Tourism are Associate sponsors of the event. Air India is the Singapore travel partner and Ernst & young (EY) are the process advisors. The Nominations process is supported by various organizations around the world including Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), New York & Tri- State, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), USA, Singapore India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Singapore India Business Association (SINDA), UK India Business Council (UKIBC) , British Asian Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) and TiE, Singapore, The India Club, Dubai, among other Indian regional language associations.