New Delhi, July 06, 2018 - Keeping in line with the age old adage of "change begins with us" Brands Impact, one of the best branding agencies in India, launched yet another unique initiative, 'Pratigya - Stand for a cause!', an Oath Taking Ceremony and Social Impact Awards with an objective to encourage NGOs, corporate and individuals to commit themselves to making a positive and beneficial impact in their community, society and the country at large. The ceremony was conducted at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, and the oath was administered by Mrs. Kirron Kher (Member of Parliament).
The ceremony was graced by several eminent personalities including Mr. Manoj Tiwari (Delhi BJP Chief), Mr. Shyam Jaju (National Vice President, BJP), Ms. Namrata Goel (Philanthropist& Heiress of Jet Airways), Poonam Dhillon (Veteran Bollywood Actor) & Laxmi Agarwal (Acid Attack Survivor & Social Activist)
Among the winners of the Pratigya Social Impact Awards were Dr. Kiran Bedi's NGO- Navjyoti Foundation and India Vision Foundation, which were awarded For Excellent Contribution in areas of Crime Prevention and Women Empowerment. Bollywood actor, Dia Mirza was recognised with the "Responsible Celebrity Citizen of the Year" award. Laxmi Agarwal was awarded for "Outstanding contribution for Women Empowerment." Mrs. Poonam Dhillon’s NGO, Maddad- The Helping Hands was recognised for Significant Contribution to Farmers' Welfare.
A total of Rs. 5.5 lakhs (Rs. Five Lakhs Fifty Thousand) of donations were made during the event for the participating NGOs. The list of donatees included Mr. Amol Monga (Brands Impact), Ramagya Foundation, Mijwan (NGO run by Shabana Azmi and Namrata Goyal, Lakshmi Agarwal (acid attack survivor), Helpage India, Inner wheelers club of Ludhiana, Madad (NGO by Poonam Dhillon), Mridul Foundation (NGO run by Manoj Tiwari), Samadhan (NGO run by CA Mukesh Shukla) and Daksh Welfare Society
The ceremony was preceded by the panel discussion on Indian Education System. The panelists were Ms. Namrata Goyal, Mrs. Poonam Dhillon, Mr. Rajesh Singh, Dr. Tushar Vinod Deoras, Ms. Lakshmi Agarwal & Dr. Rajeev Gupta who discussed whether our education system was responsible for increasing social disparity. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Gulraj Singh Shahpuri.
The second edition was successfully executed on 30th June, 2019 at Radisson Blu, Pashim Vihar, New Delhi and the chief guest for the event was Ms. Dia Mirza (Bollywood Actress/ Social Activist). The event saw participation from some of the better known NGOs, social activists and eminent personalities, who came together to stand up for a cause, help uplift the weaker sections of the society and empower them with access to their basic fundamental rights.
Among the winners of the second edition of Pratigya Social Impact Awards were Laxmi Agarwal, who was awarded For Outstanding Support to Acid Attack Survivors. Dr. Sohini Sastri, was recognised with the "Most Celebrated Professional Supporting Social Causes in India" award. Sambhav Hai Foundation was awarded for "Excellent Contribution to the Society through Quality Education, Healthcare and Employment Opportunities for Women." HOPE Foundation was recognised for Significant Contribution in Social Work and towards women and children.
Donations were also made towards Laxmi Aggarwal’s Campaign against acid sales by Dr. Sohini Shastri and Geetaa Paul who was also one of the awardees.
The ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion on Indian Education System. The panelists were the Chief Guest, Dia Mirza, Dr. Shahnaz Ahmed (Principal), Yukti Belwal (Educationist and Entrepreneur) and Dr. Abhishek Yadav (Educationist) who discussed on the topic Indian Education System Versus the Western Education System. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Naresh Soni, a former news anchor and journalist.
Hosted by Poonam Dhillon and being broadcasted every Sunday on National Channel, INDIA NEWS starting from September, 2018. The talk show focuses on different topics like Indian Education System, Healthcare Infrastructure, Women Empowerment, Child Welfare, etc and various social issues surrounding them. Each episode has 4 experts, discussing and suggesting ways for improving the socio-economic structure through their initiatives and contributions to the society. The show aims to encourage corporate and individuals to commit themselves in making a positive and beneficial impact in their community, society and the country at large.