The verdict is finally out. The Teacher’s Achievement Awards 2005 were announced at a glittering function in Mumbai recently, which was attended by the Who’s Who of the city, including Prahlad Kakkar, Shaad Ali, Capt G R Gopinath, Subhinder Singh Prem, Atul Kasbekar, Salman Khan, and Bharat Dabholkar. The highlight of the event was a special performance by Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova, who gave a piano recital.
The Teacher’s Achievement Award for the Business Category was bagged by Chairman and Managing Director, ONGC, Subir Raha. Meanwhile, in recognition of Y C Deveshwar’s stellar contribution and commitment towards making ITC a globally recognised group, the ITC Ltd Chairman was honoured with the Teacher’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2005.
The award was presented by Rupert C Patrick, Managing Director, Global Duty Free and Developing Markets, Jim Beam Brands and Harish Moolchandani, Managing Director, Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine (I) Pvt Ltd.
Advertising industry veteran and Director of Equinox Films, Ram Madhvani, received the Teacher’s Achievement Awards for communication. Accepting his award, Madhvani quipped, “Some of my creative sparks have also been influenced by alcohol. I must be the one in my field who drinks Teacher’s the most.”
The Teacher’s Achievement Award for sports was shared by India’s only F1 driver, Narain Karthikeyan, and ace shooter Anjali Bhagwat.
Singer Sonu Nigam received the award in the entertainment category. Prahalad Kakkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu gave away the award for the entertainment category to Nigam.
The Teacher’s Achievement Awards were instituted in 2001. These annual awards aim to recognise individual accomplishments with the twin objectives of honouring excellence as well as inspiring others to scale new heights.