SKOCH Award – Benchmark of Excellence

SKOCH Award, instituted in 2003, is the highest civilian honour in the country conferred by an independent organisation. It recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.

SKOCH Award covers the best of efforts in the area of digital, financial and social inclusion. It encompasses the best of governance, inclusive growth, excellence in technology and applications, change management, corporate leadership, corporate governance, citizen service delivery, capacity building, empowerment and other such softer issues that get normally lost in the glamour and glitz of industry sponsored or advertising focussed jamborees.

SKOCH Award comes with a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees, which is based on nomination, jury evaluation, presentation of shortlisted nominees, focus group discussions, interactions and peer evaluation.

The SKOCH Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices in the industry.

SKOCH Award

These are competitive awards, based on extensive documentation based nomination. These then go through a whetting process based on desk and secondary research followed by an evaluation presentation to an eminent Jury. Top performers are identified based on the average score awarded by Jurors and Expert Vote and participation in National Exhibit (optional). Good performance at the Expert Vote adds a weightage to the Jury score. Expert Vote from across India becomes an important benchmark for Nominees’ evaluation and ranking for the SKOCH Award. Chief Ministers and political leadership are selected based on the cumulative ranking achieved by the state. Only the best performers nationally are conferred the SKOCH Award. Typically, 30 awards are conferred.

Some of the SKOCH awardees include:

  1. Ms Vadhundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan
  2. Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
  3. Mr Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana
  4. Ms Anandiben, Chief Minister, Gujarat
  5. Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister, Goa
  6. Mr Nandan Nilekani
  7. Mr S Ramadorai
  8. Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC
  9. Mr Hari Sankaran, Vice Chairman & MD, IL&FS
  10. Mr Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES Bank
  11. Mr Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE Ltd
  12. Mr Lalit Gupta, CEO, Essar Oil
  13. Mr Rajiv B Lall, MD & VC, IDFC
  14. Mr Vikram Limaye, MD & CEO, NSE
  15. Mr Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, MD & CEO, Bandhan Bank
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16. Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head, HSBC India
17. NPCI
18. State Bank of India
19. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
20. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
21. Power Finance Corporation Limited
22. ONGC
23. Power Finance Corporation Limited
24. Container Corporation of India Limited
25. Steel Authority of India Limited
26. Engineers India Limited
27. EPFO, Government of India
28. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
29. Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
30. Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India
31. Ministry of Shipping, Government of India

SKOCH Special Award

These are non-competitive and are based on primary research in addition to recommendations made by the Jury and the collegium of past SKOCH special awardees and Distinguished Fellows, SKOCH Development Foundation. This also includes observing the contributions being made over a period of time and personal interactions at the senior-most level. At times the Jury may recommend a nominee contesting for SKOCH Award to be elevated to the Special Award. Only 6/7 Special Awards are conferred.

Some of the past SKOCH Special Category awardees include:

  1. Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Rural Development
  2. Mr K T Rama Rao, Minister of IT, Telangana
  3. Ms Mercy Kutty Amma, Minister of Cashews, Kerala
  4. Mr V K Sharma, Chairman, LIC
  5. Mr G Srinivasan, CMD, NIA
  6. Mr R S Sharma, Chairman, TRAI
  7. Dr Aruna Sharma, Secretary IT, Ministry of Electronics & IT
  8. Mr A P Hota, MD & CEO, NPCI
  9. Mr Ashishkumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE Ltd
  10. Jan Dhan Yojana
  11. MUDRA Yojana
  12. PMGSY
  13. National Stock Exchange (NSE Ltd)

SKOCH Challenger Award

It is the highest independent civilian honour
given by SKOCH Group, since 2003. These are
non-competitive and conferred only for having
made a definitive impact on inclusive growth
of India. These are based on primary research
and recommendations by the Collegium of
past SKOCH Challenger Awardees and the
Distinguished Fellows of SKOCH Development
Foundation. Only 2/3 Challenger Awards are
conferred.

Some of the past SKOCH Challenger awardees, include:

  1. Mr Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development
  2. Dr Bibek Debroy, Chairman, EAC to the PM
  3. Mr Baijayant J Panda, Member of Parliament
  4. Mr Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI
  5. Mr P Chidambaram, Minister of Home Affairs
  6. Mr Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister
  7. Mr S Ramadorai, Vice Chairman, TCS
  8. Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC
  9. Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman, EAC to the PM
  10. Dr Vijay L Kelkar, Chairman, Thirteenth Finance Commission
  11. Mr N K Singh, Member of Parliament
  12. Prof Indira Rajaraman, Economist

SKOCH Award

These are competitive awards, based on extensive documentation based nomination. These then go through a whetting process based on desk and secondary research followed by an evaluation presentation to an eminent Jury.

Top performers are identified based on the average score awarded by Jurors and Expert Vote and participation in National Exhibit (optional). Good performance at the Expert Vote adds a weightage to the Jury score. Expert Vote from across India becomes an important benchmark for Nominees’ evaluation and ranking for the SKOCH Award. Chief Ministers and political leadership are selected based on the cumulative ranking achieved by the state. Only the best performers nationally are conferred the SKOCH Award. Typically, 30 awards are conferred.

Some of the SKOCH Awardees include:

1. Ms Vadhundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan
2. Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh
3. Mr Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister, Haryana
4. Ms Anandiben, Chief Minister, Gujarat
5. Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister, Goa
6. Dr Ajay Kumar, Addl Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & IT
7. Mr Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES Bank
8. Mr Anthony de Sa, Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh
9. Mr Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary – IT, Telangana
10. Department of Skill Development, Rajasthan
11. EPFO, Government of India
12. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
13. Jharkhand Skill Development Mission Society
14. C-DAC
15. NPCI
16. Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
17. Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
18. Department of IT, Andhra Pradesh
19. Department of Industries, Haryana
20. Department of Health, Karnataka
21. Home Department, Gujarat
22. Department of Health, Arunachal Pradesh
23. National Health Mission, Punjab
24. Department of Women & Child Development, Madhya Pradesh
25. State IT Mission, Kerala

SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award

These are competitive awards that recognise all meritorious Nominees from across the country in a particular category. Nominees submit their documentation in a prescribed Nomination format, which goes through a whetting process based on desk and secondary research followed by an Evaluation Presentation to the Jury of domain experts. Post the Evaluation Presentation, all the Nominees are invited to participate in a Popular Vote online with the objective of seeking satisfactory performance inputs from their beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This is an online process and involves use of Twitter. SKOCH Order-of-Merit is decided based on the average Jury score + Popular Vote weightage. This is not a mandatory option, however, without the Popular Vote weightage, Nominees compete only on their average Jury score. In the past, there have been instances of Nominees winning if their average Jury score itself is high enough. All top performers are conferred the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award. Typically, 150 Nominations are conferred the SKOCH Order-of-Merit.