Six eminent persons were feted with Vocational Excellence Awards by RC Bombay Sea Face, D 3141, under the project Rotary Seva Abhiyaan. For the first time, the club extended its focus to start-up enterprises, said Manishi M Vora, Director in-Charge, Vocational Service.
Raj Neravati, founder of Hug Innovations, Hyderabad, which manufactures smart watches controlled by movements, and Balaji Viswanathan from Invento Robotics, Bengaluru, who had designed a humanoid robot that recognises human faces and can interact in many languages, shared the honours in the start-up category. Both the firms had made it to the list of 50 Hot Startups as featured in the Economic Times in December 2017.
Edelweiss Group founder Rashesh Shah and scientist Revathi Hariharakrishnan from Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), a wing of ISRO, were the other recipients.
Music composer Anandji Virji Shah, the younger sibling of the famous duo Kalyanji-Anandji, and Dr Bhim Sen Singhal, neurologist, who teaches at the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, received the Lifetime Achievement Awards.