Winners of Second Annual Shriram Sanlam Awards announced

29 Apr,2014

By A Correspondent


The second annual Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism were presented in four categories at a glittering function organised by the Shriram Group and South Africa’s Sanlam Group. Chief Guest Dr. Arvind Mayaram, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, graced the august occasion. Several prominent personalities from the world of banking and finance including regulators and corporate India also graced the occasion.


The second annual Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism in association with The Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) – Chennai, were presented as follows: Aarati Krishnan for her story “A very strange bull market” published in Hindu Business Line in the category of Financial Markets; V Keshavdev for his story “India Inc’s MahaKumbh” published in Outlook Business in the Banking category; Bibek Debroy for his story “Control and food inflation” published in The Economic Times in the Economic Policy category; and M Rajshekhar for his story “Great rural land rush: 3 to 100- fold rise in farm land prices may not bode well” published in The Economic Times for Sectoral Issues.


Each category winner received cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh along with a citation. Parameters for the awards included Insight, Analysis, Depth, Uniqueness, Originality, Comprehensive and Balanced Approach, Level of research, Follow up of story by others leading to wider discussion, Overall Impact of the story apart from the above.


Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Eminent Editor T. N. Ninan who received a prize amount of Rs. 2.5 lacs.


Commenting on the awards,  Arun Duggal, Chairman, Shriram Capital Ltd., said, “We are very happy to have received 228 nominations from business and financial journalists in the second edition of ‘Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism’. Shriram Capital and Sanlam Group recognize the multi-faceted role that financial journalists play in setting up the knowledge base in reporting key issues of the Indian economy, policy making, banking, financial markets and sectoral issues. One of the key attributes of the Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism is the integrity and independence of the judging panel. It consists of business leaders, corporate governance and sustainability practitioner, academia as well as editor. After all, such diversity is needed as a business journalist is an instrument of change and an influencer of influentials!”


Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai played an important and independent role in the selection process by scrutinizing the nominations and making them available for the Jury Members for their consideration.



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