The IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as you know, is one of India’s premier Chamber of trade, commerce, and industry, with headquarters in Mumbai. It has over 3000 members and the distinction of having Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, as it’s Honorary Member, the only Chamber in the country to have this rare privilege.

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry
IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry institutes the IMC Digital Technology Awards for both IT Companies and the End User Community since the past four years. The fifth cycle of these Awards distribution ceremony was organised on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the St. Regis Mumbai, Lower Parel, Mumbai. The IMC Digital Technology Awards have grown in its stature and is respected in the industry and has raised its level to become the annual flagship event of IMC. The industry today looks forward to receiving these prestigious awards.

The Chief Guest for the event was none other than Padma Shri Dr. Deepak B Phatak, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, an Indian computer scientist, who did the honours of giving away the Awards along with Mr Raj Nair, President IMC, and Mr Ashish Vaid, President-Elect IMC.

Chief Guest Padma Shri Dr. Deepak B Phatak, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay at the IMC Digital Technology Awards
Chief Guest Padma Shri Dr. Deepak B Phatak, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay at the IMC Digital Technology Awards

Dr Phatak in his speech emphasized on the fact for the need of better training and education by the corporate community to develop the skill sets of the working community through continuous improvement in education. He reiterated that skill development and Education should not only remain as a Corporate Social Responsibility but should become an institutional process of the organization to bring about continuous improvement in the skillsets of Indian labour. He said that education should be a life-long ongoing process to improve the productivity and potential of every individual Indian which could be achieved only through active corporate selfless contribution.

Mr Raj Nair, President IMC said that IMC would like to be the flag-bearer of the industrial digital transformer to make India competitive in the global stage. He also called for the representatives present at the function, to use and learn from the technologies which were being awarded, to bring about transformational changes in their respective industry and improve the company’s global standing and productivity.

The most prominent of the awards bestowed in the IMC Digital Technology Awards have been the Lifetime Achievement Awards which has been earlier conferred upon great personalities in the IT industry like:

Padma Bhushan Shri. F.C. Kohli, Former Chairman of NASSCOM

Padma Vibhushan Shri. Narayana Murthy, Co-founder, and Chairman, Emeritus Infosys

Padma Bhushan Shri. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, National Skill Development Agency

Padma Vibhushan Shri. Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited

Shri. Harish Mehta, Executive Chairman, Onward Technologies Ltd and Founder Member of NASSCOM

This year the Panel of Jury unanimously voted four stalwarts of the industry to receive the coveted Awards of Lifetime and a special award for Beacon of the IT Industry. The awards were conferred as below:

IMC Digital Technology Awards - The Beacon of the IT Industry was bestowed on Padma Bhushan Mr. Nagarajan Vittal which was received by Mrs Gita Vittal as Mr Vittal was not in good health to travel
IMC Digital Technology Awards – Padma Bhushan Mr. Nagarajan Vittal which was received by Mrs Gita Vittal as Mr Vittal was not in good health to travel

The Beacon of the IT Industry was bestowed on Padma Bhushan Mr. Nagarajan Vittal which was received by Mrs. Gita Vittal as Mr Vittal was not in good health to travel.

Padma Shri Mr. Kiran Karnik, Director, CBD (RBI) and Chairman, was recognized for his great contribution to the IT industry with the IMC – Late Shri Hemant Sonawala Lifetime Achievement Award
Padma Shri Mr. Kiran Karnik, Director, CBD (RBI) and Chairman, was recognized for his great contribution to the IT industry with the IMC – Late Shri Hemant Sonawala Lifetime Achievement Award

Padma Shri Mr. Kiran Karnik, Director, CBD (RBI) and Chairman, BoD, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) and Former President –NASSCOM was recognised for his great contribution to the IT industry with the IMC – Late Shri Hemant Sonawala Lifetime Achievement Award. In his acknowledgment speech he said that he had great pleasure in noticing that the other 30 odd awards being received by individual companies were being bestowed by IMC, as it recognized the creativity, innovation and drive that the IT industry had in it which made the IT industry as it is today and what we see.

Mr. Som Mittal, Former President and Chairman NASSCOM was recognized for his great contribution to the IT industry and was conferred with the IMC - WNS Global Services Lifetime Achievement Award
Mr. Som Mittal, Former President and Chairman NASSCOM was recognised for his great contribution to the IT industry and was conferred with the IMC – WNS Global Services Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Som Mittal, Former President, and Chairman NASSCOM was recognized for his great contribution to the IT industry and was conferred with the IMC – WNS Global Services Lifetime Achievement Award. In a very heart-stirring acknowledgment speech, he emphasized the element of trust, integrity and family bonds of the Digital industry which has allowed it to grow in leaps and bounds.

Late Mr Vijay Mukhi was recognised the Posthumous Lifetime Contribution in the field of Block-Chain and Cyber Security Technology which was received by his wife Mrs. Sonal Mukhi.
Late Mr Vijay Mukhi was recognised the Posthumous Lifetime Contribution in the field of Block-Chain and Cyber Security Technology which was received by his wife Mrs. Sonal Mukhi.

Late Mr Vijay Mukhi has recognised the Posthumous Lifetime Contribution in the field of Block-Chain and Cyber Security Technology which was received by his wife, Mrs. Sonal Mukhi.

The esteemed jury members for the IMC Digital Technology Awards

The esteemed jury members for the IMC Digital Technology Awards constituted the following dignitaries, who can be identified for their great contributions in the IT industry:

The jury for this year’s cycle of IMC Digital Technology awards 2018 consisted of:

Mr. Atul Nishar, Founder and Executive Chairman, Hexaware Technologies & Former Chairman, NASSCOM

Mr. Harish Mehta, Founder, and Executive Chairman, Onward Technologies Ltd & Founder member and former Chairman of NASSCOM

Padma Shri Dr. Deepak Phatak, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, an Indian computer scientist

Mr. Keshav Murugesh, Group Chief Executive Officer, WNS Global Services and Chairman of NASSCOM

Ms. Sandhya Vasudevan, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank (Chairperson of the Panel of Jury)

Mr. Sanjay Mehta, Private Investor
Mr. Mukesh Kripalani, CEO, Parekhplast India Limited and Ex CIO Marico
Mr. Sumit Rajwade, Digital Innovation Specialist
Mr. Krishna Tewari, Director, Genessa Smart Solutions

Like every year, this year, there was an exciting and awareness creating Panel Discussion on COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES in Manufacturing and Services, which was moderated by Dr Pradeep Pendse, Dean Academics and CTO, L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research. The panelists included Mr. Adrian McKnight, Head, Transformation & Quality, WNS, Mr Mukesh Jain, CTO – Insights & Data Global Business Capgemini, and Ms Gopali Contractor, Lead-Artificial Intelligent Capability, Delivery Centers for Technology in India, Accenture.

Panel Discussion on COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES in Manufacturing & Services which was moderated by Dr Pradeep Pendse, Dean Academics and CTO, L.N. Welingkar Institute of Mangament Development & Research
Panel Discussion on COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES in Manufacturing & Services which was moderated by Dr Pradeep Pendse, Dean Academics and CTO, L.N. Welingkar Institute of Mangament Development & Research

The Awards were instituted in 5 Categories divided into Large and Small with the ballpark of 500 crores above and below respectively, except for the Most Promising Startup and Government Departments. The categories in which the Awards were distributed are as follows:

  1. IT Companies: Best Project in three areas of IT Product, IT Service or IT-BPM
  2. IT Companies: SmartTech Award for the best use of Emerging Technologies
  3. IT Companies: Most promising start-up IT company in Enabling Digital Transformation
  4. IT Companies: Best Project implemented within Captive Units of Overseas MNCs or by Indian arms of Overseas IT companies
  5. End User Companies: Best Project within the End User Company divided into BFSI Sector, Manufacturing and Engineering Sector, Utilities and Energy Sector, Education and Training Sector, Pharma and Chemical Process Sector and the new introduction in this category in the Government Departments

This year 35 awards were distributed including the Lifetime Achievement Award and a Certificate of Merit. The Panel of Jury Chair Ms. Sandhya Vasudevan, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, explained to all the attendees, why the jury had selected the winners and what were the products strong points that really caught the Jury’s attention and made the difference. The list of winners is as below:

WINNERS OF IMC DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AWARDS 2018

GROUP CATEGORY   LARGE SMALL
A 1 IT PRODUCT Tech Mahindra Limited (TechM) Mindgate Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    IT SERVICES 3i Infotech Ltd. Mirum India
        GoPhygital
    IT BPM Nelito Systems Ltd. TechnoPurple Tracking
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT   IT BPM   i-XL Technologies
         
  2 SMART TECH AWARD FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES Tech Mahindra Limited Ameex Technologies Corporation
      Datamatics Global Services Ltd.  
      CSS Corp  
  3 MOST PROMISING STARTUP Nestaway Technologies Pvt. Ltd
      HandyTraining Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  4 CAPTIVE UNITS OF OVERSEAS MNCS Northern Operating Services Pvt. Ltd. WITS Interactive Pvt. Ltd.
    OVERSEAS IT COMPANIES Cognizant Technology Solutions  
         
B 5 BFSI ICICI Bank  
      The South Indian Bank Ltd.  
    MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING SECTOR Tata Steel Limited Parekhplast India Limited
    UTILITIES AND ENERGY Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. Civic Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    EDUCATION AND TRAINING   Hansraj Public School
    PHARMA AND CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRY Grasim Industries Limited, Chemical Division  
    GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT FOR MAJOR DIGITAL Department of Information Technology and Communication,
Govt. of Rajasthan
 
      Department of Electronics Information Technology and Communications, Haryana  

The function was attended by an elite gathering both from the IT industry and the End-User community.

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