Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Government of India honours Sunny Varkey with Padmashri Award


Dubai, January 26, 2009: The Government of India has honoured Mr Sunny Varkey, Chairman of The Varkey Group, which includes GEMS Education and Emirates Healthcare Holdings Limited (operating Welcare and City Hospitals and clinics), with the Padmashri award. It is one of the country’s highest civilian awards, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and social service.

Mr Varkey joins a select list of non-resident Indians to be honoured with the Padmashri, a reiteration of his stature not only in the Middle East but also in India, and across the world.

Mr. Varkey owns and manages the largest network of private schools in the United Arab Emirates and has almost 100 international schools around the world under the aegis of GEMS Education – a company that has contributed significantly to the socio-economic progress of the region.

Mr. Varkey received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Eminent Educationist last year, and has also received the CEO Middle East Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, the Global Indian Business Award and the Most Outstanding Businessman of the Year by Asian Businessman Awards, Middle East – all for his achievements in education and healthcare.

“I am greatly honoured by this recognition from the Government of India. Education and social services are close to my heart. I thank the entire team of GEMS Education and elsewhere, who through consistent hard work and dedication have improved the lives of people around the world. I share this honour with each one of them. It is awards like this one that allow us to continue the work we do in the field of education in the private sector and to work on initiatives that help provide education to the underprivileged,” said Mr Varkey.

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