TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada India Foundation (CIF), a
non-profit organization formed to foster support for stronger
bi-lateral relations between Canada and India, congratulated noted
Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and CIF Executive, Mr. Vasu
Chanchlani, on becoming the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Award from the Government of India. Mr. Chanchlani was one of the 13
members of the global Indian diaspora, who received the award from the
President of India at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2014 event, held in
New Delhi on January 9.
Speaking on behalf of the organization, CIF Chair, Dr. V.I. "Lucky"
Lakshmanan, said "The award is a testimonial not only to Mr.
Chanchlani's pursuit of entrepreneurial excellence, but also to his
passion for philanthropy expressed through his generous contributions
to numerous worthy causes". "At CIF, we are very proud of our
association with Mr. Chanchlani, which has resulted in initiatives such
as the CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award, the CIF Chanchlani
Foundation and the Chanchlani India Policy Centre at University of
Waterloo", he added.
The Consul General of India in Toronto, Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, said "For
the Indian community in Greater Toronto Area, Vasu Chanchlani's name is
synonymous with philanthropy. Through his consistent and generous
support for numerous charitable causes and cultural initiatives, Vasuji
has brought glory to himself, his family and the Indo-Canadian
community. I am privileged to know him".
Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament and Co-Chair, Canada India
Interparliamentary Friendship Group, also conveyed his congratulations.
"Vasu is one of the most respected humanitarians in both Canada and
India. It is not surprising that he would be honored with the Pravasi
Bharatiya Samman Award", he said.
Acknowledging the congratulations, Mr. Chanchlani said, "I am very happy
to have been chosen by the Government of India for the award. I see it
not just as a recognition of my humble contributions, but as a
recognition of the people of Indian origin in Canada, who have brought
credit to both their mother country, India, and their adopted country,
Canada." Beneficiaries of Mr. Chanchlani's philanthropic contributions
have included Universities of McMaster, Waterloo and Toronto and
Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
SOURCE: Canada India Foundation
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