Pehchan, an NGO, is an initiative of a group of media professionals and was founded by Shri D S Mendhiratta with the central objective of nurturing the girl child and empowering women through education. Pehchan organised the 7th Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards evening at India Habitat Centre to Honor the Achievers from different sections of society. Pehchan strongly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that a girl’s biggest armour against all the hardships is empowerment. And empowerment and education go hand in hand. With this goal in mind, Pehchan strives to provide a strong foundation in the form of education and support to girls and uneducated women.
Since our Late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi was a sincere supporter of the girl child, these awards have been instituted in his name to honour and cherish his fond memory. These awards, year after year, will identify and honour outstanding personalities who have created a niche for themselves in the society and inspire others to follow suit.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Kumari Selja, MP and Former Minister Govt.of India. The Guests of Honours were H.E.Elizabeth Paula Napeyok - Ambassador of Uganda, Major Dalbir Singh - National Secretary AICC and Patron – Pehchan, Khursheed Ahmed Saiyed - Former Head AICC (Minority Department). The function was presided by Davinder Mendhiratta – President Pehchan.
Pehchan has honoured H.S.Paul of Daily Excelsior for his contribution in the field of advertising industry. The other awardees are :
BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST – Hard Kaur
SOCIAL ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR - Manish Dhameja
BEST NGO - Vivek Agarwal, Suit - NGO Working Rural Area
BEST ACADEMICIAN – Dr.Priyanka Mehta Amity, Amity Mayur Vihar
BEST ACADEMICIAN – Aarti Chopra, GURGAON
SOCIAL ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR - Nishi Singh
RACE WALKER OF THE YEAR – Khushbir Kaur
BEST BLADE RUNNER - Major DP Singh
PHILANTHROPIST - Aruna Oswal
ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR - Sangeeta Gupta IRS, Principal Commissioner ,IT- JAMMU & KASHMIR
FOR WORKING ON CANCER ERADICATION – Shalini Vig Wadhwa
LEGAL EAGLE OF THE YEAR – Gaurang Kanth, Managing Partner Kanth & Associates
MOST ENTERPRISING BUREAUCRAT – Kumar Pushkar,IFS-KSTDC
ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY PROJECT OF THE YEAR - Reliance Power Limited
BEST POWER GENERATION CO. OF THE YEAR - Vidharbha Industries Power Ltd
EXCELLENCE IN BIO MEDICAL RESEARCH ON WOMEN'S HEALTH-Nomita Chandhiok
MOST ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEAUR - Sanjeev Jain Rishab Group
MOST ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEAUR – Archana Luthra
BEST CORPORATE IN REALTY SECTOR – Amarjit Bakshi MD, CENTRAL PARK
BEST CHANCELLOR OF THE YEAR – Ashok Mittal ,Vice Chancellor Lovely Professional University
BEST VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE YEAR – Raj.S.Dhanker,Ansal University
WATCH DOG OF THE YEAR – Kanhaya Lal, FCA.
BEST EDITOR IN PRINT JOURNLISM – Aditya Narayan Chopra,Punjab Kesari Group
BEST TOURISM STATE - Kerala Tourism