Pres. Ali to be conferred with prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2023


See below the full statement from the Indian High Commissioner Guyana

H.E. Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, will be bestowed with the highest honour  conferred on overseas Indians– Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) – for the year 2023.

President Ali joins 26 other persons of Indian origin / non-resident Indians who have been recognized by the Government of India for their outstanding achievements both in India and abroad. The 17th PBSA will be conferred by the Honourable President of India as part of the upcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention (Indian Diaspora Day)  to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, from 8-10 January 2023. The Award will be conferred during the valedictory session  of the Convention on 10 January 2023. President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali has been invited as the Chief Guest for the upcoming PBD Convention and will be travelling to India with a high level delegation comprising of both official and private sector representatives.

A Jury-cum-Awards Committee, with Hon’ble Vice-President of India as the Chairman, Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India as the Vice-Chair and other distinguished members from various walks of life considered the nominations for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards, 2023 and unanimously selected the awardees. The awardees represent the excellence achieved by the Indian  Diaspora in various fields.

Following is the list of Awardees recommended by Jury-cum-Awards Committee for conferment of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2023:

Sr. No.                 Name                                                 Country                Field


  1. Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali Guyana                Politics/Community Welfare
  2. Prof. Jagadish Chennupati Australia                             Science & Technology/Education
  3. Prof. Sanjeev Mehta Bhutan                                Education
  4. Prof. Dilip Loundo Brazil                                   Art & Culture/Education
  5. Dr. Alexander Maliakel John Brunei Darussalam           Medicines
  6. Dr. Vaikuntam Iyer Lakshmanan Canada Community Welfare
  7. Mr. Joginder Singh Nijjar Croatia                                Art & Culture/Eduction
  8. Prof. Ramjee Prasad Denmark                             Information Technology
  9. Dr. Kannan Ambalam Ethiopia                              Community Welfare
  10. Dr. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay Germany                             Community Welfare/Medicine
  11. Ms. Reena Vinod Pushkarna Israel                                   Business/Community Welfare
  12. Dr. Maqsooda Sarfi Shiotani Japan                                   Education
  13. Dr. Rajagopal Mexico                 Education
  14. Mr. Amit Kailash Chandra Lath Poland                                 Business/Community  Welfare
  15. Mr. Parmanand Sukhumal Daswani Republic of Congo           Community Welfare
  16. Mr. Piyush Gupta Singapore                           Business
  17. Mr. Mohanlal Hira South Africa                      Community Welfare
  18. Mr. Sanjaykumar Shivabhai Patel South Sudan                      Business/Community Welfare
  19. Mr. Sivakumar Nadesan Sri Lanka                             Community Welfare
  20. Dr. Dewanchandrebhose Sharman Suriname                            Community Welfare
  21. Dr. Archana Sharma Switzerland                        Science & Technology
  22. Justice Frank Arthur Seepersad Trinidad & Tobago           Community Welfare/Education
  23. Mr. Siddharth Balachandran UAE                                     Business/Community Welfare
  24. Mr. Chandrakant Babubhai Patel UK                                        Media
  25. Dr. Darshan Singh Dhaliwal USA                                      Business/Community Welfare
  26. Mr. Rajesh Subramaniam USA                                      Business
  27. Mr. Ashok Kumar Tiwary Uzbekistan                         Business

High Commissioner of India to Guyana Dr. K J Srinivasa has officially congratulated H.E. Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali on being the recipient of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award calling it a recognition of the outstanding contributions of President Ali to Guyana and his efforts to bring about the rapid and equitable development of Guyana.

High Commissioner also expressed hope that the upcoming visit of President Ali to India for the PBD 2023 and subsequent interactions with the top political hierarchy  including H.E. President of India  Smt. Droupadi Murmu, Hon. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, Hon. External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar and other dignitaries along with high level interactions with the business/private sector of India especially pertaining to Agriculture, Agro-processing, Health, Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Information Technology and Energy sectors  will provide the necessary impetus for further strengthening bilateral partnership between India and Guyana. In his New Year’s message for 2023, High Commissioner Dr. K J Srinivasa had  called upon  the Guyanese to work for the growth and success of Guyana and to play an active role in fulfilling “Guyana’s unique destiny”.

1 Comment
  1. Matthew says

    That is cool…..both the Indian Government doing it and our HE being chosen.

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