Dr. B. R. Shetty, MD & CEO of NMC Group received the Padmashri Award from Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, at a glittering function at the Ashoka Hall, Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi, today March 31, 2009.
Shetty was awarded for his outstanding achievements in Trade and Business. The award was officially announced on 25th January, 2009. Padmashri Award, one of the highest civilian orders of the Government of India, is awarded to outstanding individuals in various fields for their significant contributions to the society and the country. On this occasion President coferred Padma Vibhushan to five people, 16 Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri to 45 people for their contributions in various field including art, culture, literature, trade and commerce, medicine and social work.
Dr. B. R. Shetty, Managing Director and CEO, NMC group of Companies, was chosen for his outstanding achievements in Trade and Business. The award came as a true recognition of his entrepreneurial skills and successful global business endeavors in healthcare, pharmaceutical trading, FMCG brands, scientific, laboratory, education & medical supplies, financial services, foodstuff, retail pharmacies, gold & diamond jewellery, advertising, hospitality, real estate, information technology, and engineering services.
Dr. B. R. Shetty, one of the top business icons in the Gulf, is a living chapter in the text-book of Corporate Social Responsibility. His success story has been paved by the humility and deep commitment to people around him and the society. His desire to provide quality healthcare facilities to all saw the birth and subsequent rise of New Medical Centre specialty hospital network with state-of-the-art technology and doctors with international repute.
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The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil presenting the Padma Shri Award to Dr. B. R. Shetty, at the Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2009. The Abu Dhabi government has recognized Dr. Shetty’s contributions for the benefit of communities in UAE by conferring on him the highest honour of the Government of Abu Dhabi, the Order of Abu Dhabi. The Indian Government had conferred on him, the highest award for Non- Resident Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2007.
Under his leadership, NMC Group has been an active partner of various governmental and non-governmental organizations in supporting social causes, the recent one being the contribution to the activities of Red Crescent by donating medicines worth 1.4 million Dirham to the hapless people in Gaza.