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    Nominations invited for the ‘Bharti Enterpreneur of the Year Award 2005’
    Nominations open until July 29, 2005

    July 6, 2005: Bharti Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives (BCEI), a Bharti Foundation and Ahmedabad based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India’s joint initiative, today announced that nominations for the ‘Bharti Entrepreneur Award 2005’ will be accepted until July 29, 2005. The Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments of first generation entrepreneurs who consistently display the qualities of extraordinary creativity, courage and competitiveness. First generation entrepreneurs across India can apply for the award that comprises of a cash award of Rs. 1 lakh, a trophy and a citation.

    Nominations can be made by sending the completed nomination form to Mr. S. B. Sareen, Bharti Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives, EDI, (via Ahmedabad Airport & Indira Bridge), at P.O. 382 428, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India or mailed at sareen@ediindia.org.

    Entries for this year’s award are invited from regular Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) trained first generation entrepreneurs, emerging from preferably a non-business family and having completed five successful years in business. An institution or an NGO conducting entrepreneurship development training can also nominate its trained entrepreneur(s).

    A jury consisting of eminent professionals and educationists will shortlist the eligible applications after which the shortlisted candidates will be invited to the EDI campus, Ahmedabad for personal interaction with the jury. The personal interaction will explore the entrepreneur’s vision, roadmap and strategies, for today and the future.

    The finalists from across India will be invited to an award function in Ahmedabad in September 2005.

    The Bharti Centre for Entrepreneurial Initiatives has a set objective of promoting entrepreneurship through a host of activities in education, research and training. This award was instituted in 2002 and was won by a Punjab based entrepreneur, Mr. R. S. Khadwalia, CMD, Indo Farm Equipment Ltd in 2003 and by N.C.V. Rangacharya, Promoter,, Cadsys (India) Ltd from Hyderabad in 2004.

    About Bharti Foundation

    Bharti Foundation was established in 2000, with the vision "To help underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential". The Foundation wishes to realise its vision by creating and supporting programs that bring about sustainable changes, predominantly in the field of education. Bharti Foundation has set for itself the goals of improving the accessibility and quality of primary education for disadvantaged children and to ensure education and training opportunities for youth to help them achieve their potential.

    Bharti Foundation undertakes projects in the area of non-formal education, computers in education and mid-day meal programmes for disadvantaged children. It provides scholarships to young people to help them complete their higher education, and has undertaken many other projects, including institutionalising awards to recognise talent and thereby motivating other young people to aim higher. "Bharti Entrepreneur of the Year" award and "CII – Bharti Women Exemplar" awards are two such initiatives of Bharti Foundation.

    About EDI

    Entrepreneurial Development Institute of India (EDI), an autonomous and non-profit institute, set up in 1983, is sponsored by apex financial institutions. EDI’s pioneering activities in entrepreneurship development training have established that people from all walks of life can become business owners. Through well conceived training interventions and capacity building activities, over last 20 years EDI has equipped thousands of people with entrepreneurial skills. To pursue its mission further EDI has helped set up twelve state level exclusive entrepreneurship development centers and institutes. These successes and commitments have culminated in the recognition of its achievements by the Government of India and the State Governments. In the international arena, the entrepreneurship development efforts by way of sharing resources and organizing training programmes have helped EDI earn accolades and support from many renowned international agencies.