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SKOCH Challenger Awards, instituted in 2003, salute people, projects and institutions that went the extra mile to make India a better nation. SKOCH Challenger Awards – the highest independently instituted civilian honours – have been conferred, the mighty and the ordinary have shared this platform for their extraordinary achievements in contributing to the society.

The SKOCH Challenger Awards cover the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion. They encompass the best of governance, look at excellence in academics, change management, inclusive growth, citizen services delivery, capacity building, empowerment and other such softer issues that get normally lost in the glamour and the glitz of industry-sponsored or advertising focused jamborees.

The SKOCH Challenger Awards are coveted for their independence, primary research and a distinguished jury based approach. The SKOCH Challenger Awards are distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees, which is not based on the nomination but on discovery. Additionally, the College of SKOCH Lifetime Achievers is regularly consulted for expert identification, inputs and qualification of a project, person or institution to be considered for the Award. Some of the SKOCH Lifetime Achievement Awardees include, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission; Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister; Dr Vijay Kelkar, Former Chairman, Thirteenth Finance Commission; Mr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations; Mr C B Bhave, Chairman, SEBI; and, Dr R H Patil, Chairman, Clearing Corporation of India Limited. Further, documentary videos are produced after detailed research, for all the Lifetime Achievement Awardees and most of the projects and institutions. These are then shared with the domain experts and larger audience groups of practitioners ahead of the Awards and are put in public domain for larger dissemination once the Award is conferred. This has resulted in unparalleled video documentation of contemporary Indian history of best practices and has contributed to forming one of the largest online Knowledge Repositories hosted by SKOCH.

No industry or government support or endorsement is either expected, accepted or solicited for the SKOCH Challenger Awards and they remain independently instituted and conferred as a third party perspective. The Roll of Honour of the SKOCH Challenger Awards over the years is a testimony to this. The SKOCH Challenger Awards not only acknowledge exceptional achievers but also spurs inspirational guidance and motivational leadership.

Testimonials

C. Rangarajan Former RBI Governor

The book is a comprehensive account of the reform measures introduced since they were launched in early 1990s. It offers a critical but constructive review of the various steps taken by different administrations and lays the foundation for future reforms. Truly an important guide book for policy makers. Congratulations to Sameer for a lively recapitulation of an exciting saga.

Arun Jaitley Former Finance Minister Let us not forget that what that kind of economic planning led us to right till about 40 years after independence was that we were growing by 2- 2½ %. India’s economy and its growth used to be referred to as Hindu rate of growth. So, anybody who was satisfied with that inadequate growth level used to be sarcastically referred to as growing at a Hindu rate. P Chidambaram Former Finance Minister

What the author claims is a monograph is actually a book on the story of economic reforms since 1991. It is perhaps the most detailed contemporary record of the last 25 years of reforms. It is a treasure of information, events and policies pertaining to that period and may verily become an important source of reference for scholars and students of economics.

Yashwant Sinha Former Finance Minister

There is a great dearth of literature on the years of reforms. I think this book fulfils the need to a great extent because the period has been covered very well, each period has been covered separately and all the important events with regard to economic reforms, which happened during this period have been faithfully recorded and it will be a great contribution to the literature on the subject. The book has an honest assessment of the impact of the reforms on our economy.

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Inclusive Growth: N C Saxena, Author of ‘What Ails the IAS and Why It Fails to Deliver?’ and Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation

Markets and Corporate Governance: M Damodaran, Chairman, Excellence Enablers and Former Chairman: Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Unit Trust of India (UTI) and Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI)
Financial Inclusion: Deepali Pant Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, SKOCH Development Foundation and Former Executive Director, RBI
Contributions to Economy: Rakesh Mohan, Former Deputy Governor, RBI
Contributions to Markets: U K Sinha, Former Chairman, SEBI and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport and Highways & Shipping
Contributions to Reforms: Mr Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation
Economics: Dr Ila Patnaik, Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
Economics: Dr Rathin Roy, Part-time Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India & Director, NIPFP and More

Parliamentary Person of the Year: Mr Baijayant Jay Panda, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Inclusion & Economics: Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
Social Inclusion: Saraswathi Sankaran
Economic Policy: Prof Ashima Goyal, IGIDR & Part-Time Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
Macro Economics: Dr Indira Rajaraman, Economist and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Urban Development Minister
Make in India: Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Deity
Infrastructure: Mr Vivek Aggarwal, Secretary – Urban Administration & Development Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Startup: Mr K T Ramarao, Hon’ble Minister of IT, Government of Telangana
Social Inclusion: Mr Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary – IT, E&C, Government of Telangana & Mr Pradeep Chandra

Lifetime Achievement: Mr Yashwant Sinha, Former Finance Minister Government of India
Women Empowerment: Ms Maya Singh, Hon’ble Minister – Women & Child Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Person of the Year – Excellence in Public Service: Mr Anthony de Sa, Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Insurance: Mr G Srinivasan, Chairman & Managing Director, The New India Assurance Company Ltd

Lifetime Achievement: Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd
Economics: Lord Meghnad Desai, Economist
Urban Development: Mr Ramesh Ramanathan & Ms Swati Ramanathan, Janaagraha
Education: Prof Dinesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi
Governance: TCS Ltd

Lifetime Achievement: Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI
Women Empowerment: Kirti Singh, Senior Counsel
Technology: Ashok Kumar Goel, Chairman, ITZ Cash Card
Urban Development: Sudhir Krishna, Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development
Infrastructure: Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, ICRIER
ICT: R Chandrashekhar, Secretary Telecom and Chairman (TC), Department of Telecommunications and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr P Chidambaram, Hon’ble Home Minister
Infrastructure: Mr Nitin Desai, Economist
Economics: Dr Surjit S Bhalla, Chairman, Oxus Research & Investments
Technology: Mr Ravi S Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt of Gujarat
Banking: Mr T M Bhasin, CMD, Indian Bank and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
Banking: Ms Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director, ICICI Bank
e-Governance: Mr Ravi S Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat
NRLM – Jeevika: Mr Anup Mukerji, Chief Secretary, Government of Bihar
Financial Inclusion: Mr M V Tanksale, Executive Director, Punjab National Bank and More

Lifetime Achievement: Vijay L Kelkar
Urban Development: M Ramachandran, Secretary, Urban Development
National Significance: Kiran Karnik
Inclusion: J M Garg, CMD, Corporation Bank
Infrastructure: Hari Sankaran, MD & CEO, IL&FS
Economics: Shankar Acharya, Member, Board of Governors & Honorary Professor, ICRIER and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr Sam Pitroda
Inclusion Champion of the Year: Mr K C Chakrabarty, CMD, Punjab National Bank
Change Management: Ms Bimalendu Chakrabarti, New India Assurance Co Ltd
Person of the Year: Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner
Financial Inclusion: Mr M Ramadoss, The Oriental Insurance Co Ltd and More

ICT in Education: Board of School Education- Haryana
Inclusion Leader of the Year: Dr K C Chakrabarty – Punjab National Bank
Digital Inclusion: e-Gram – Gujarat
e-Health: HMIS – TCS Implementation in Gujarat
Academic Excellence: IIT-Bombay and More

Lifetime Achievement: Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister
Person of the Year: Ms Neelam Dhawan, Microsoft
CIO of the Year: Mr Ashish Kumar Chauhan, Reliance Industries
Grassroots Woman of the Year: Ms Laya Tandi, Self Help Group/Kalahandi
Exemplary Use of Technology: CBEC
National Significance: NREGASOFT, MoRD/NIC and More

Lifetime Achievement: Mr. C. B. Bhave, CMD, NSDL
Change Management: Mr B M Mittal, Chief General Manager, Punjab National Bank
Citizen Services Delivery: Mr Krishan Kant, DC, Nawanshahar, Punjab
Public Private Partnership: State of Andhra Pradesh – Rural e-Seva
Exemplary Use of Technology: Mr O T Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha
Social Impact- Mr S K Mitra, ED, NABARD and More

Lifetime Achievement: Dr R H Patil, Chairman, CCIL
Education: State of Uttaranchal
Health: State of West Bengal
Citizen Services Delivery: State of Assam
Social Impact: State Bank of India
Exemplary Use of Technology: Punjab National Bank
SME Enabler: Citibank
ICT Man of the Year: Dr N Vijayaditya and More

Lifetime Achievement: Dr Deepak B Phatak, Professor, KReSIT
IT Man of the Year: Mr Ajai Chowdhry, Chairman, HCL Infosystem
Academic Excellence: Prof S Sadagopan, Director, IIIT-Bangalore
Impact in BFSI: Mr C B Bhave, Managing Director, NSDL
Affordable Computing: Mr Satish Naralkar, Managing Director, NSE IT
Social Impact: Mr Anjan Ghosh, Director-Public Affairs, Intel
Impact in e-Governance: KDMC
IT & Innovation: Mr Ravi Aggarwal, Director, IPG, HP India and More

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Skoch Challenger Awards, instituted in 2003, salute people, projects and institutions that went the extra mile to make India a better nation. Skoch Challenger Awards – the highest independently instituted civilian honours – have been conferred, the mighty and the ordinary have shared this platform for their extraordinary achievements in contributing to the society.

The Skoch Challenger Awards cover the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion. They encompass the best of governance, look at excellence in academics, change management, inclusive growth, citizen services delivery, capacity building, empowerment and other such softer issues that get normally lost in the glamour and the glitz of industry-sponsored or advertising focused jamborees.

The Skoch Challenger Awards are coveted for their independence, primary research and a distinguished jury based approach. The Skoch Challenger Awards are distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees, which is not based on nomination but on discovery.

No industry or government support or endorsement is either expected, accepted or solicited for the Skoch Challenger Awards and they remain independently instituted and conferred as a third party perspective. The Roll of Honour of the Skoch Challenger Awards over the years is a testimony to this. The Skoch Challenger Awards not only acknowledge exceptional achievers but also spurs inspirational guidance and motivational leadership.

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