Even as the city strides towards progress, many Nagpuris have already made strides in their careers and taken the name of the city on the global map. Many such Nagpuris were awarded for their respective achievements during the Global Nagpur Awards 2016. The awards were given under 11 different categories by renowned social activist Dr Prakash Amte. Felicitating the awardees Dr Amte wished they achieve even greater heights. He also said that anybody who wishes to bring smiles on people’s face can achieve a lot many milestones in life. The winners for the various categories and their brief bios are as follows:
ARTS AND CULTURE:
Mayank Sahu: This 19-year-old boy is hailed as a musical prodigy. As someone who is 95% blind, he can only see some vague shapes and outlines only. Yet he plays instruments like tabla, piano, harmonium, mandolin and violin. He is also a trained Hindustani classical singer who has earned accolades from Pandit Jasraj, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pankaj Udhas. His uncanny ability to recognise the swaras used in the most complex compositions has also won Mayank a place in the Limca Book of Records. He has won several awards including Kala Pratibha award, Mohammed Rafi award and Bal Ratna award.
Dr Abdul Razzaque Ahmed: He is the chief physician and Managing Director of the Center for blistering Diseases. The centre is a model for medical care settings all across the world for its ultra-modern care provided in a home-like atmosphere. A physician with 30 years of experience, he has gained a great reputation and respect from medical professionals across the globe. Dr Ahmed has been a recipient of many awards including The Award for Excellence in Humanitarian Services from AFMI, Chicago.
Dr Vinay Nangia: He completed his undergraduate medical education in Nagpur. He did a fellowship in Vitreous and Retina at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai and joined as a consultant member of the vitreoretinal faculty. Thereafter he worked at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He did a fellowship in Glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, Boston, U.S.A. He founded the Suraj Eye Institute on his arrival in Nagpur. He is the chief investigator for the Central India Eye and Medical Study and the Central India Children Eye Study. He practises both Glaucoma and Retina and Vitreous. He has a keen interest in research.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENT:
Dinesh Rathi Associations: DRA Consultants Limited (DRA) provides a wide range of advisory services in Urban and Industrial sector with specialised expertise in 3-R (Reduce-Recycle-Reuse), 3-P (Public–Partnership) & Performance audits apart from other forte. By devising innovative solutions for improvement in the present utilities, DRA has brought about significant changes. DRA’s projects in water supply, conservation, cost reduction and energy conservation hold testimony to the impact that solutions can have on the herculean challenge the cities of developing countries/Industry faces in the present scenario. Established in the year 1990, DRA Consultants Ltd. is an ISO 9001 – 2008 certified company and distinctly identified as the leader of this domain in India.
GlobalLogic: For 15 years, GlobalLogic has partnered with businesses across every major industry to make amazing products and connect the dots between people, products, and business opportunities. Now, in an increasingly digital world that places the consumer at the centre of every interaction, GlobalLogic showing businesses how they can connect the dots back to consumers, innovate within predictable budgets, and bring the next generation of digital products and services to market.
Minex Metallurgical Co. Limited: Minex has been at the helm of the alloying industry, providing total alloying solutions to the Iron & Steel, Aluminium, Foundry, Welding and other non-ferrous industries. Minex’s state-of-the-art technology in the field of speciality alloys cored wire, aluminium master alloys and wire injection systems is proving to be a benchmark for the industry. Continuous innovation, sustained by the dedication of its employees, coupled with a judicial use of technology has ensured that Minex continues to be a leader in the markets it has chosen to be in. Most of our products have been introduced in India for the first time with advanced technical know-how. Incorporated in 1981, today our organisation covers a large clientele across India and an export network to over 16 countries. We have three manufacturing units in Central India situated near the city of Nagpur. All these manufacturing is backed by a Quality Management Systems certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO:14001:2004, ISO:18001:2007 OHSAS standards.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
Mr Iqbal Ahmed: He was born in Nagpur, India to a well-to-do family
He has achieved following recognitions in his lifetime: Joe Martin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012, GUINNESS WORLD RECORD holder for building the world smallest steam engine, First and Second Place in 2007 in Sherline Machinist’s Challenge Contest. He has also won award of excellence for his model of the historical 1886 Benz Motorwagen
Iqbal Ahmed and his model engineering projects:
Model Internal Combustion Engine
Stationary Steam and Stirling Engines
Electric and Steam Locomotives
South African Railways Live Steam Locomotive
1/4 Scale 1886 Benz Motorwagen
Dr Kamaljeet Kaur: Mrs Kamaljeet Kaur Randhe is a social worker who makes movies on social issues for social awareness and screen them free for everyone in society, organisations, institutions etc. She chose the audio-visual medium to spread her message and reach out to the society to create awareness and an impact for its betterment. She has been instrumental in her work on an individual level and has never been dependent on funds and sponsors to fulfil such a noble cause. Her movies are purely social and not commercially based on the social interests and implications and have been acclaimed nationally and internationally. Mrs Kaur has also achieved recognitions including the screening of one of her films at Nashik International Film Festival
International Council for Human Rights:
The ICHRP was first conceived in 1994 by a group of eminent human rights advocates, scholars and policy makers, to address the dilemmas and challenges of translating international human rights principles and standards into policy realities. Between 1998 and 2012 it undertook thirty-five major research projects addressing a wide range of policy questions and providing a forum for applied research, reflection and forward thinking.
ICHRP’s intellectual autonomy, willingness to engage with complexity, readiness to break boundaries of discipline and practice, and commitment to rigour and collaboration continues to render its work, approach and contributions of continuing long-term relevance.
Mr Ashok Munne: Ashok’s first achievement has been of becoming the first physically disabled person to climb the Mt. Mera Peak (21,247 ft.) in Nepal in 2012. These were his first steps to success. In 2013, Ashok became the first man with the physical disability to ride a bike on the world’s highest motorable road to Khardung La (18,380 ft.) While continuing to practice the various physical exercises, Ashok runs half marathon in 2 hours at the Satara Hill Marathon each year. He swims 3-4 km every day and continues to practice his martial arts and yogasanas, all this in the preparation to realise his dream of climbing the Mount Everest.
Not wallowing in self-pity but rather living with dignity, Ashok’s life has lots of lessons of courage and inspiration to be taken from. Not only to fight our weaknesses, Ashok also teaches the world yet again that where there is a will, there is a way!
Mr Faiz Yakub Fazal: Born on September 7, 1985, in Nagpur, Faiz Fazal had always idolised Raul Dravid and was lucky to play alongside him in the IPL but since 2011 no team has shown interest in him. He has not more than 12 matches and 2 innings to showcase as his IPL record. But that did not deter him as in an interview Faiz accepted how he worked hard on his fitness and game to prove a point in the all-important domestic season. Riding on his 559 runs in 8 matches, Vidarbha reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Ranji Trophy. But more than the Ranji success, it was his masterclass for Rest of India in the Irani Trophy that caught the eye of the selectors. His 127 which required 280 balls and meant that he stayed there in the middle for 420 minutes was no mean feat. Needless to add that his effort was a major factor in his side surpassing a huge 480-run target.