NRI of the year award, 2018

September 10, 2018
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Amiteash Paul, Grade 11 student of The Indian High School, Dubai, has bagged the NRI of the Year Award, Season 5 (Academics Category) at a glittering ceremony held at Grand Hyatt, Mumbai, on July 11, 2018.

About the competition

Sponsored by Times Now, ICICI Bank and GIIS (Global Indian International School), the awards are the ultimate glory from India. “The awards are conceptualised as a platform to recognise and accolade Indians who have made their mark on foreign shores, and thus inspire millions back home to hone their skills and chase their dreams,” according to the award’s official website.

This year, the awards covered the top four regions across the globe – North America, UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific, where 23 winners were selected and awarded. The awards were given in six different categories – Entrepreneur, Professional, Academics, Arts & Culture, Philanthropy, and Start-up, along with other awards such as India’s Global Icon Award and Special Jury Award.

The entire process of the awards, right from nominations to choosing the winners out of more than 11,500 global nominees, was managed by Ernst & Young and an eminent jury, comprising of Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India; Ashish Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE; Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC India; Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator and Dalip Tahil, renowned film, television and theatre actor.

The ceremony

To celebrate NRI of the Year Awards 5th edition, a coffee table book was launched by Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network, Vijay Chandok, Executive Director ICICI Bank, Lt. Gen Sudhir Sharma, Advisory Board – India, GIIS and Farokh Balsara -Partner and National Director – Consumer Products and Health Services, Ernst & Young.

A new trophy designed by renowned jewellery designer Poonam Soni was also unveiled at the ceremony by Bollywood actress, Chitrangada Singh. Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India was the chief guest for the evening and the event was graced by notable personalities including Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri, actress Chitrangada Singh, singer Akriti Kakar many more from the TV and Bollywood industry. Anukreethy Vas, Miss India 2018, Meenakshi Chaudhary, First Runner Up, and Shreya Rao Kamavarapu, Second Runner Up made their first appearances on the red carpet after winning the Miss India tittles.

The gala event was hosted by Mandira Bedi and Sameer Kochhar. The evening also witnessed a mesmerizing dance performance by Terrence Lewis Dance Institute.

About the winner

Currently studying in Grade 11, Amiteash was born and raised in Dubai. The NRI of the Year Award recognised Amiteash’s efforts towards educating the community and specially the blue collar workers about recycling and segregation of waste and working towards building a zero waste sustainable society by 2030. He has educated and helped in establishing colour-coded waste segregation recycling bins in labour camps, factories and offices of the Bond Interiors LLC in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.

Amiteash is a volunteer with different organisations like the Community Development Authority, Dubai (Honour Labour Program Initiative), India Club, EEG, Be’aah and Protect Your Mom Asia. He is also passionate about integrating the people of determination into mainstream society and has been volunteering with the Manzil Foundation (part of the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services), the Ramakrishna Mission Blind Boys’ Academy, Narendrapur, West Bengal, as well as spending time with the hearing impaired students of Deaf School in India.

He has been recognised at home for his academic achievements, which include winning the Shaikh Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Performance and also the Sharjah Award for Educational Excellence. He has also won several honours in Spelling Bee, Olympiads and Aptitude Examinations (IBT and ASSET).

Amiteash is also involved in a lot of charitable activities in UAE such as Dubai Cares, The Box Appeal Project, Adopt-A-Camp Organisation, Water for Workers by The [Sameness] Project.

Amiteash is motivated by Dr. Vance Havner’s words – “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.”