After nine years of honouring individuals and organisations that embody the spirit of excellence,CNN-News18 is all set to celebrate the iconic Indians who have made a significant contribution to our society with their achievements in 2015. CNN-News18 presents the tenth edition of its flagship initiative - ‘Indian of the Year’ (IOTY), which over the years has become one of the biggest and most credible awards in Indian media. The winners will be felicitated in ceremony to be held at Taj Palace, New Delhi on 9th June, 2016.
Instituted in 2006, the CNN-News18 Indian of the Year has over the years achieved prestige and credibility unmatched by others in the media industry. The award distinguishes itself by celebrating not only exemplary individuals and their achievements but also the ideas that have inspired India and impacted lives.
The awards adhere to a transparent and robust selection procedure that includes the Editorial Board drawing up a list of nominees, further leading to the final selection of winners by a Jury comprising a select group of distinguished personalities. This year’s jury panel include Soli Sarabjee, Former Attorney General of India, Kiran Karnik, Former President of NASSCOM, Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder & CEO of Snapdeal, Harish Salve, Leading Lawyer and Former Solicitor General of India, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman & MD of Biocon, Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC, Mohanlal V Nair, Noted Thespian and Leander Paes, Tennis Champion.
The categories for the awards are Sports, Entertainment, Business and Public Service. Other achievers are awarded under the categories of Special Achievement, Outstanding Achievement, Special JuryAward and Lifetime Achievement. One individual/organisation will be bestowed with the coveted ‘Indian of the Year’ Award for their indelible contribution to society. Over the years,the recipients of this prestigious award have included the likes of PM Narendra Modi, NGO Stop Acid Attacks, Vishwanathan Anand, AR Rahman, Team Chandrayan and E. Sreedharan.
Commenting on the announcement of the Awards, Radhakrishnan Nair, Managing Editor, CNN-News18, said, “I take great pride in the fact that Indian of the Year has seen immense success and acceptance as an institute that has over the years established itself as an exemplary model for Indian media awards. The 10th edition of the awards marks a tremendous milestone for CNN-News18 and we look forward to a great show honouring the winners.”