Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho Corporation and IIT Madras, has received the prestigious Padma Shri Award for his contributions in the field of trade and industry. Like every year, the Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are distributed to recognise individuals for their contributions in various fields such as social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, and so on.
After the awards were announced, Sridhar Vembu acknowledged the reception of the award while thanking everyone for their support. “On the Padma Shree award, it is a huge honor and I feel humbled. I dedicate this to our employees, my extended family, for keeping the faith. I want to thank friends and well-wishers for all your messages that have poured in. Your support keeps me going,” he said through his official Twitter handle.
IIT Madras, wherein Vwmbu completed his engineering, congratulated him on achieving this feat. “IITMadras congratulates Mr. Sridhar Vembu, IIT Madras Alumnus, BTech Electrical Engineering, 1989 and CEO of Zoho Corporation for being conferred the prestigious Padma Shri, 2021,” said IIT Madras.
Zoho Corp said that it was a moment of “great honor and pride” for them as the Government of India had bestowed the prestigious Padma Shri on their CEO. These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March or April every year. This year the President has approved the conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case.
The list of awardees this year comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan, and 102 Padma Shri Awards. Furthermore, 29 of the awardees this year are women. “We are proud of all those who have been conferred the Padma Awards. India cherishes their contribution to the nation and humanity at large. These exceptional individuals from different walks of life have brought qualitative changes in the lives of others,” said Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.