ACCENT ON EXCELLENCE :
Article 51A of the Indian Constitution
enjoins it as the fundamental duty of every citizen to “strive
towards excellence in all spheres”.
At the very inception of the Calcutta
Chamber of Commerce as the country’s oldest business
forum, the Founding Fathers solemnly pledged themselves to
social responsibility of business to improve quality of life.
Pursuant to that original commitment, the Chamber has as a
recent endeavour established endowments to :
- Pay tribute to towering talent as role-model of Indian
womanhood with presentation every year of “Prabha
Khaitan Puraskar” carrying cash award of Rs. 1,00,000
with appropriate citation.
- Recognize outstanding performance in the field of sports
and games with annual J.N. Award of Rs.51,000/- under proper
THE CALCUTTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES
YOU TO BE THE WOMAN ROLE-MODEL
OF THE YEAR
PRABHA KHAITAN PURASKAR :
2012 - Ms. Vidya Balan
Only women are eligible for nomination, apart from which,
there is no bar whatsoever, to age, qualification, caste or
religion. Even foreigners and non-resident Indians are eligible
However, in the unfortunate event of a nominee’s death
while her work is under consideration of the panel, she will
be eligible for the PURASKAR POSTHUMOUSLY.
AREAS UNDER CONSIDERATION
The Calcutta Chamber of Commerce is keen to identify very
exceptional and successful woman role-model of the year, giving
the first and foremost priority to lofty human values found
in the trailblazing achievement by a woman in any field of
Selection will be meticulously carried out by a panel of
judges comprising of respected senior citizens and its decision
will be final and binding.
The detailed procedure is laid down in the nomination forms.
The PURASKAR will be awarded to a woman every year. But a
nominee can be honoured with this prestigious PURASKAR only
once However, if in any year the panel of Judges does not
find any suitable nominee in keeping with the high standard
of the PURASKAR, the award will not be given for that year.
The trustee shall have the right to modify the conditions
of eligibility needed for this award.
EARLIER AWARDEES :
2008 - Smt. Shanu Lahiri
2003 - Smt. Usha Ganguli
2002 - Dr. Vandana Shiva
1999 - Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan
1996 - Smt. Shabana Azmi
1995 - Smt. Meera Mukherjee
1993 - Smt. Medha Patkar
JOHARMAL NANDKISHORE AWARD
The J.N. Endowment acted from acute consciousness of the need
for positive measures as correctives to India’s embarrassing
backwardness in the field of sports and to rehabilitate India’s
humiliating rating by the UNDP on Human Development Index.
Triumph in the world of intellect and spirit and progress
in science and technology also needs healthy body as shelter
for active mind and creative intellect. Public recognition
of credible achievement in the field of competitive sports
is essential to stimulate interest in activities to improve
national health level.
Considering how the healthy body is essential to the pursuit
of high ideals, the J.N. Trust has funded provision towards
annual award of Rs.51,000 to the finest specimen of achievement
and endeavour in the field of sports, atheletics, adventure,
expedition, indoor andoper-air games, gymnastics.
The target is to identify cases that stand apart not only
by standard of performance but also serve as examples unto
others and encouragement to those who surrender to initial
disappointment. The Chamber has developed a system of scouting
for talent on extensive field coverage in collaboration with
recognized sports control bodies and affiliates of the Sports
Authority of India. Endorsement will also be considered from
recognized institutions and responsible individuals capable
of authoritative assessment to specific areas.
PANEL OF JUDGES
The Chamber has assembled a panel of consenting senior citizens
and public figures drawn from academics, judiciary and the
professions. The ensure objective and impartial assessment
of claims to reward, there will be no interference with the
selection process and the decision of the panel of judges
would be accepted as final.
2015 – Ms. P. V. Sindhu
2013 – Shri Shiva Thapa
2012 – Ms. Dola Banerjee
2003 – Shri Dhanraj Pillai (Nominated)
2002 – Shri Saurav Ganguly (Nominated)
1999 – Smt. Jyotirmoyee Sikdar
1996 – Shri Vishwanathan Anand
1995 – Smt. Karnam Malleswari
1993 – Shri Leander Paes