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11 people honored at Forbes India Philanthropy awards

New Delhi: As many as 11 people, including members from the influential Nilekani, Bajaj and Godrej families, were honoured by Forbes India for their outstanding contribution towards philanthropy.

Rohini Nilekani, founder of Arghyam, and Nandan Nilekani, Infosys co-founder who presently heads the Unique Identification Authority of India, won the Forbes India Philanthropy Award in ‘Outstanding Philanthropist’ category for 2013.

As many as 11 winners received their awards in Bangalore on November 29.

The Godrej and the Bajaj families won the awards in the ‘Outstanding Corporate Foundation’ and the ‘Distinguished Family’ categories, Forbes India said in a statement.

The philanthropy awards were instituted by Forbes India to recognise the efforts of individuals who have given time, money, skill and expertise to solve some of the most pressing societal issues, to create model institutions and inspire others.

“Philanthropy should go where markets don’t and governments can’t,” Nandan Nilekani said.

On the government’s mandate of spending 2 per cent of profits on corporate social responsibility initiatives, Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said it should be looked at by companies as an opportunity to make social impact.

Among other winners, Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan, founders of Janaagraha, won the ‘Crossover Leader’ award, which recognises professionals who have successfully made the transition from a thriving career in the corporate world to work for the non-profit sector.

Romesh Wadhwani, founder, chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group, won the ‘Distinguished Non-Resident Philanthropist’ award, while Archana Raghuram, director-outreach at Cognizant Technology Solutions, was given the ‘Good Samaritan’ award.

Narayana Health won the ‘Good Company’ award, Anu Aga, former chairperson of Thermax and chairperson of Teach for India, won the Corporate Catalyst award, while Amit Chandra, managing director of Bain Capital, won the ‘NextGen Leader in Philanthropy’ award.

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