ET Awards for Corporate Excellence 2009 kicks off  

NEW DELHI: The ET Awards for Corporate Excellence 2009 function kicked off in Mumbai on Sunday with top ministers and big shots of India Inc spelling out the future roadmap. 

The ET Awards 2009 winners were Keshub Mahindra Lifetime Acheivement of the year, GV Krishna Reddy Entrepreneur of the year, Anand Mahindra Business Leader of the year, Vinita Bali Businesswoman of the Year, Ram Charan Global Indian of the year, Nitish Kumar Business Reformer of the year, Hero Honda Company of the year, Idea Cellular Emerging Company of the year, Jean Dreze Policy Change Agent and TERI Corporate Citizen of the year.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee spelled out Vision 2020. He said, "Policies must reach out to all especially to poor, benefits must be seen by all people and right to education and food must be available to all".

With him were the top ministers Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma. Commerce minister Kamal Nath was optimistic that India will be able to ride over the economic gloom.

The world's most famous CEO coach, Ram Charan, captivated the top guns with thoughts on Building the Board Of The Future. He said, "The financial structure of the world remains fragile, US has begun preferring India over China".

Nitish Kumar, Business Reformer of the year, said the award is recognition of the works done in Bihar. Saying that it is not a recognition of his personal work, he added, "Bihar was never a case of bad governance, it was a case of absence of governance. I earnestly appeal to the corporate world to do something for a poor state like Bihar".

GVK Reddy, Entrepreneur of the year said, the credit for the award goes to his colleagues who have put in a lot of efforts.

On receiving the Businesswoman of the year award, Vinita Bali, said: "The award is a confirmation of the many opportunities we had to create value for the stakeholders".

Idea Cellular, Emerging Company of the year, expressed, "It is gratifying that we are a small spoke in a giant wheel that is changing the civilization".

RK Pachauri, head of TERI who bagged the Corporate Citizen of the year award believed that the 21st century is going to see the emergence of a knowledge society and India will be in the forefront.

Anand Mahindra thanked the Mahindra team for catapulting his dreams into reality. While Keshub Mahindra thanked the jury and ET for the award.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan wowed the audience with his own whacky brand of lateral thinking. Speaking on education, he said, "Inclusion should start from childhood and schools should admit children with disabilities".

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