Babul Supriyo gives away One Globe Awards 2016

New Delhi, Feb.6 (ANI): Minister of State for Urban Development, Babul Supriyo on Saturday gave away the One Globe Awards at the fifth edition of the two-day One Globe: Uniting Knowledge Communities Conference being held here.

The awards recognise and honour individuals as well as domestic and international companies for their contributions in building a 21st century knowledge economy through their initiatives in digital economy, R&D, smart cities, entrepreneurship and social impact.

The conference was inaugurated by Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with Member of Parliament and chairman of India's Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, Anurag Thakur; chairman of the Global Advisory Board for Smart Cities Expo World Congress, Jerry MacArthur Hultin; senior advisor, Forum of Federations, Canada, and chairman, One Globe Conference, Major Dalbir Singh; and, Harjiv Singh, Convener of the One Globe Conference and Founder and CEO of Salwan Media Ventures.

Commissioner Shikhar Agrawal received the award on behalf of Jaipur Development Authority for excellence in building smart cities for its efforts in making Jaipur smarter by enabling citizens' access to information technology and creating infrastructure that promotes innovation, efficiency and safety.

Madhya Pradesh won the Award for Excellence in Enabling a Smart State. Ujjain Municipal Corporation's Commissioner Avinash Lavania received the award on behalf of the state.

Amitabh Kant, the CEO of NITI Aayog was conferred the Award for Leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century for his spectacular leadership in government spanning a long career and leading the creation and execution of flagship programmes like 'Incredible India' and 'Make in India' that showcase the excellence of government officials.

The Award for Excellence in Research and Development was bagged by KPIT Technologies Ltd. for its innovative development of its smart electric bus technology, which will enable state transport utilities to function more efficiently and benefit the masses. KPIT's co-founder, chairman and group CEO Ravi Pandit received the award on behalf of the company.

Ashok Trivedi was conferred the Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship for building the IT services company IGATE Corporation from scratch, which he had originally co-founded as Mastech in 1986, with his personal savings. He sold IGATE for over $4 billion in 2015.

Lord Raj Loomba received the Award for Excellence in Creating Social Impact for helping provide global recognition to the cause of over 258 million widows and their 585 million children worldwide and for his efforts to get it included in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Prime Minister Modi recently supported The Loomba Foundation's project to provide dignified livelihood to 5000 widows of Varanasi through skills training and sewing machines.

Uber India President Amit Jain received the Award on behalf of his company for Excellence in Enabling a 21st Century Digital Economy. The award recognises Uber for developing technology that has revolutionized urban transport and helped create livelihoods for thousands of drivers worldwide. Uber Inc.'s Chief Advisor David Plouffe also addressed the speakers of One Globe conference on the role of technology in driving the U.S.-India relationship at an event co-hosted by Salwan Media Ventures and the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). (ANI)