Priyadarshini Academy celebrated its 33rd Anniversary Literary Awards and Educational Scholarships program at the Walchand Hirachand Hall 

Nihchal Israni, Juhi Chawla, Niranjan Hiranandani, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Nanik Rupani, Dr Mohanbhai Patel and Chander Manghnani

Nihchal Israni, Juhi Chawla, Niranjan Hiranandani, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, Nanik Rupani, Dr. Mohanbhai Patel and Chander Manghnani

The event, which was jam-packed, saw the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh serving as the Chief Guest while Bollywood Actor, Entrepreneur and noted philanthropist; Juhi Chawla Mehta was the Guest of Honor.

Real Estate Mogul, Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani who is the Chairman at the Priyadarshni Academy, gave the welcome address, which was followed by the Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Nanik Rupani’s speech.

The Academy presented 380 scholarships to deserving and financially needy students pursuing different fields of study were also presented.

Literary awards for work in the Hindi, Sindhi and Gujarati languages were presented to Mr. Akshay Jain, Prof. (Mrs.) Meena Gope Rupchandani and Mrs. Kaajal Oza Vaidya respectively for their outstanding contributions to the writings and teaching in these languages.  Each award carried a purse of Rs.25,000 and a handsome plaque.

Juhi Chawla at the the 33rd Anniversary Literary Awards and Educational Scholarships program

Juhi Chawla at the the 33rd Anniversary Literary Awards and Educational Scholarships program

Juhi Chawla Mehta who delivered an extremely motivational speech praising the philanthropic activities of the members on stage, congratulated the winners of the Scholarship and the Literary Awards. Quoting Nelson Mandela, she said “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. She was happy to be at this function also as this as the right platform to vreate awareness was also on the importance of taking care of the environment and the need to cut down on the usage of plastic, as these students are the future of the world.” 

The Academy also felicitated Mr. Nihchal Israni, Founder Director, Nihchal Israni Foundation; and Chairman, Blue Cross Laboratories Private Limited; for his significant contributions to Education and Healthcare.

Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, said, Its great to see the vision of our vice chancellor Dr Sanjay Deshmukh to expand the educational horizons. I believe to succeed in life you have to do better than the best.”