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T N Ninan gets Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in financial journalism

The Second Annual Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism presented in five categories

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | April 29, 2014

(L-R) Dr. Johan Van Zyl, Dr. Arvind Mayaram (Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance), TN Ninan and Arun Duggal (Chairman, Shriram Capital Ltd.) (L-R) Johan Van Zyl, Arvind Mayaram (Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance), TN Ninan and Arun Duggal

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. The awards in association with The Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) - Chennai, were presented as follows:

  • Financial Markets: Aarati Krishnan for her story “A very strange bull market” published in Hindu Business Line;
  • Banking: V Keshavdev for his story “India Inc’s MahaKumbh” published in Outlook Business.
  • Economic Policy: Bibek Debroy for his story “Control and food inflation” published in The Economic Times;
  • Sectoral Issues: 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

Each Category Winner received cash prize of Rs 1 lakh along with a citation. Parameters for the Awards were 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, 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!”

Dr. Johan van Zyl, Chief Executive, Sanlam Group, added, “Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism recognise that business journalists are an important source of knowledge on what is happening in the BFSI sector and have a great influence on the views of key players, decision makers, influencers as well as their readers. Economic and business stories now move at a digitally driven speed that does not allow as much time for comprehension, let alone reflection. Radical changes and dynamic developments emphasize the need to stand still, think and ponder. There is a pressing need to recognize those pearls of journalistic wisdom that stimulate the much-needed change in the thought process of the corporate world.”

The criteria used for judging includes analysis and understanding of the issue; use of research and data; relevance to the audience and the quality of writing and communication (including accuracy). This year too, an eminent panel of independent jury members constituted by the IFMR will scrutinize the nominations for the Awards. The distinguished panel of independent jury members comprises: Gopal Srinivasan, Chairman & Managing Director – TVS Capital; Srinivasan K Swamy, Chairman & Managing Director, R K Swamy BBDO; Ashu Suyash, CEO, L&T Mutual Fund; & Adit Jain, Chairman, IMA Asia and Swaminathan S Aiyar, Consulting Editor of Economic Times. (winner of the Life Time Achievement Award at Shriram Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism in 2012).

The Shriram Sanlam Awards Committee is being chaired by Arun Duggal, Chairman, Shriram Capital. Other committee members are G S Sundararajan, Group Director, Shriram Group; Akhila Srinivasan, Managing Director, Shriram Life Insurance; C V Krishnan, President, Institute for Financial Management and Research; and Dr. G R Chandrashekhar, Assistant Professor, Institute for Financial Management Research.

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