Thursday, April 2, 2009
Indian President presents Padma Shri Award to Sunny Varkey, Founder & Chairman of GEMS Education
Dubai, April 2, 2009: The Honourable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Patil, has awarded Mr. Sunny Varkey, Founder & Chairman of GEMS Education, with one of the country’s highest honours, the Padma Shri award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Education and Social service. The ceremony was held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
Mr. Varkey joins a select list of Global Indians to be honoured with the Padma Shri award for his exemplary services in the field of education across the world, particularly in the UAE where he operates 26 schools. Mr. Varkey manages one of the largest networks of private schools globally. GEMS Education has contributed significantly to the socio-economic progress of the various countries it operates in.
The international network of GEMS schools spans across nine countries providing high quality education to over 100,000 students from 124 different countries employing nearly 6,500 teachers; the largest employer if Indian and British teachers outside their home country.
He is widely recognized as an out-of-the box thinker and education entrepreneur and has been a pioneer in developing an enterprising blend of innovation, customer service and high education brand that has made global headway, GEMS.
“I am overwhelmed by this recognition from the Government of India. Education and social services are extremely close to my heart. I share this honour with the children and teachers of GEMS Schools across the world.
This award would not be possible if not for the wise leadership and vision of the leaders of the UAE Government.
Awards like this motivate us to continue the work we do in the field of education and to focus on initiatives that help provide education to the underprivileged, “Mr. Varkey said