In a resounding celebration of excellence and innovation, the Indian Achievers’ Forum has drawn the curtains on its 64th National Summit and Awards for 2023. This prestigious annual gathering stands as a vibrant platform dedicated to honoring and championing a multitude of remarkable contributors from diverse fields.
Set against the backdrop of an electrifying August 21st, the 64th National Summit and Awards illuminated the Le Meridien Hotel with an aura of brilliance. In partnership with CSR Times, this grand event gracefully united a distinguished assembly comprising luminaries, award recipients, and an impressive gathering of over 300 delegates.
The summit’s ignition came in the form of an inaugural ceremony, graced by enlightening addresses from eminent personalities. Chief Guest Shri SPS Baghel, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, extended his heartfelt congratulations to all participants and winners, emphasizing the profound potential of CSR to catapult India onto the global stage. The morning session featured esteemed Guests of Honor including H.E. Mr. DilshodAkhatov, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of India, Lt. Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), Member of the National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, and Maj. Gen. Ravindra Singh of the Indian Army.
The inaugural session celebrated CSR Times award recipients, followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion, delving into the theme, “Achieving SDGs Through CSR in Developing Economies: Role of G20 Nations.” The second session thrust the spotlight onto the Indian Army’s CSR initiatives, passionately presented by Brigadier Vikas Bhardwaj, Brig DAV. Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (RS) and Spokesperson – BJP, graced the gathering as the Guest of Honor, underscoring the collective responsibility of CSR engagement that transcends the corporate sphere to touch every individual.
Moreover, the summit cast a brilliant spotlight on the remarkable accomplishments of PSUs, Corporates, Corporate Foundations, MSMEs, and individuals, all honored with the Indian Achievers’ Award for their unwavering dedication to nation-building.
In the spotlight, we have the illustrious Amlan Patnaik, the recipient of the prestigious “International Achievers’ Award 2023,” an accolade that resonates with the resounding endorsement of his remarkablecontributions to the fields of science, technology, and education. Amlan’s visionary leadership extends to his role as the founder of “ACE AI,” a non-profit organization committed to championing accessible and free technology education, with a mission to nurture the next generation of software engineering professionals, alleviating them from the financial burdens of education loans. His roles as a role model and mentor in programs like PlatoHQ, Get-Merit and ACE-AI have propelled numerous individuals toward their fullest potential. A celebrated author with acclaimed titles such as “Leadership Success in Software Engineering” and “Concepts of Generative AI and Data Engineering,” Amlan’s extraordinary journey stands as an inspiring narrative, offering hope and inspiration to aspiring software and technology professionals worldwide. His resolute dedication to open-source technology, mentorship, and transformative innovation continues to shape the ever-evolving landscape of science and technology, leaving an indelible mark on the future of these industries.
In a heartwarming gesture, the summit bestowed the CSR Times Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023 upon Ms. Shallu Jindal, Chairperson of JSP Foundation and Jindal Art Institute for her sustained and exceptional contributions to the socio-economic upliftment of marginalized communities through sustainable community development initiatives.
The distinguished attendees included luminaries such as Mr. Ratnesh, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Network India (UN GCNI), Air Marshal VPS Rana PVSM, VSM (Retd), Mr. S. Ravi Shankar, Executive Committee Member of CSR Times Awards, H.E. Mrs. Daniela Mariana Sezonov-Tane, Ambassador of Romania to India, H.E. Ms. Jacqueline Mukangira, High Commissioner – High Commission of the Republic of Rwanda to India, Dr. László Makk, Deputy Head of Mission, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Hungary, and Shri Shaurya Doval, Founding Member of India Foundation, along with Dr. Sudipta Narayan Roy, Director, IAF. These esteemed guests graced the summit, inspiring participants with renewed fervor and compassion for social endeavors.
Mr. Harish Chandra, the Editor of CSR Times & President, Indian Achievers’ Forum, extended his heartfelt congratulations to all winners and participants, expressing gratitude to the event’s partners for their pivotal role in ensuring the event’s resounding success. The summit concluded with a resounding vote of thanks, leaving attendees galvanized and determined to sustain their collective efforts in pursuit of national betterment.