20th IMC Ladies’ Wing to present Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar 2012 for Rural Business Entrepreneurship

An endeavor to honour the contribution & achievements of Women Entrepreneurs across rural India

Online PR News – 03-January-2013 – Pune – Mumbai, Dec 29, 2012: Indian Merchants’ Chamber’s Ladies’ Wing is all set to announce the 20th IMC Ladies’ Wing Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar 2012 on January 07, 2013 to recognise the women entrepreneurs for their extraordinary and outstanding entrepreneurial excellence in Rural India.

The award is focused on discovering and honoring the successive generations of women entrepreneurs who are dedicated to rural upliftment and business entrepreneurship. The award would provide the winner with a cash prize of Rs. 3,00,000, a citation and a certificate. This initiative would encourage more women to launch scalable and venture capital funded businesses.

Elaborating on this award, Ms. Darshana Doshi, President, IMC Ladies’ Wing said, “Through the Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar, we aim at creating benchmark and a platform for recognizing excellence of Women entrepreneurs across rural India. The award indeed is a reiteration of the close association IMC’s Ladies’ Wing has with the women entrepreneurs and its endeavour to recognize the individual brilliances on the national platform. Two decades of encouragement to women at the grass root level who despite many odds have risen and have displayed exemplary entrepreneurship, needs our recognition to encourage them to move forward to attain higher goals.”

Spanning across categories, the awards would be presented for recognition in business leadership & development, recognition in education and academics and overall recognition for rural upliftment.

The awards will be judged by an eminent jury panel including Justice C.S. Dharmadhikari (Retd.), Chairman, Mr. Mukul Upadhyaya, CEO, Touchstone Advertising & Marketing Service, Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women's University, Ms. Veena Mankar, Founder & Managing Director, Swadhaar FinServe Pvt. Ltd, Ms. Usha Thorat, Director, CAFRAL and Former Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank and Ms. Rajni Bakshi, journalist and author.

The Ladies’ Wing of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber reflects the ongoing commitment to discovering, recognizing and encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship in women by providing opportunities through various platforms, be it at exhibitions, seminars, developmental workshops or educational programmes.

About The Ladies' Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber

The Ladies' Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber was formed in the year 1966-67. Its objective is to encourage and develop entrepreneurship among Indian business and professional women. It also provides a forum for discussion of economic, business, social, cultural and professional subjects. The Ladies' Wing has a membership of around 2000, consisting of entrepreneurs, professionals and women from business families. It functions through an Executive Committee headed by a President, Vice- President and supported by sub-committees. The Committees assist in organising lectures, seminars, training programmes, exhibitions, industrial visits, exports promotions etc. Among its various activities, the Ladies' Wing confers awards in recognition of outstanding contribution by women in business and social spheres.

About the Puraskar

The IMC Ladies' Wing in the year 1992-93, under the Presidentship of Smt. Kiran Bajaj, dedicated its programmes to the theme, 'Discover the Entrepreneur in You'. In a spirit of innovation, the Ladies' Wing and its members sought a close alliance with rural India to promote, support and honour the substantial work being done there in the field of entrepreneurship.

The year 1993 happened to be the birth centenary of Jankidevi Bajaj who had involved herself in the movement of rural entrepreneurship in more ways than one. It was indeed a welcome gesture for the Ladies' Wing when Bajaj Electricals Ltd. willingly offered to sponsor the Award.