COD Awards

Aligned with our purpose, COD has endowed awards recognising outstanding achievers and trailblazers in the field of organization development and leadership.

Dr V Krishnamurthy Award for Excellence

Dr V Krishnamurthy transformed several preeminent public enterprises, including BHEL, SAIL and Maruti Udyog (now Maruti Suzuki India Ltd) through his prescient and progressive leadership. He served as Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, and was a member of the Planning Commission. He continues to be associated with many highly regarded academic and professional institutions.

His distinguished career has been recognised with multiple national and international awards, including the Padma Shri (1973), Padma Bhushan (1986), the AIMA Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), Padma Vibhushan (2007), and the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (2009).

The Dr V Krishnamurthy Award for Excellence celebrates individuals who have attained the highest standards of excellence in their professions. It was established in 1999 in honour of Dr Krishnamurthy’s visionary leadership, extraordinary institution-building and innumerable contributions to India’s growth story.

Eligibility Criteria

Managers in public and private enterprises, government organizations and NGOs, scientists, professionals and academics are eligible for this award. Awardees are recognised for:

  • Achieving high standards of excellence in building organizations
  • A track record of achieving superior organizational performance
  • Making important contributions to the larger community
  • Being recognized as dynamic, visionary leaders
  • Demonstrating support for innovation, enterprise and future leadership development

Award Recipients

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Mr G V Prasad

Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

2019

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Mr R K Gupta

Chairman-cum-Managing Director, WAPCOS Limited, a Government of India Enterprise

2018

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Mr Ashwin Dani

Vice Chairman, Asian Paints Limited

2017

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Dr R A Mashelkar

FRS, National Research Professor

2016

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Mr Shekhar Gupta

Chairperson, Mediascape

2015

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Mr Nandan Nilekani

Founder Chairman, UIDAI

2014

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Mr Y C Deveshwar

Chairman, ITC Limited

2013

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Dr E Sreedharan

Principal Advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

2012

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Mr Ramadorai

Vice Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services

2011

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Mrs Aruna Roy

Founder, MazdoorKisan Shakti Sangathan

2010

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Dr S S Badrinath

Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Shankar Netralaya

2009

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Mr A M Naik

Group Chairman, Larsen & Toubro Ltd

2008

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Mr Udaya S Kotak

Executive Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd

2007

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Mr Baba N Kalyani

Founder & Chairman, Kalyani Group

2006

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Dr Y K Hamied

Chairman, Cipla

2005

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Mr Subir Raha

Managing Director, ONGC Ltd

2004

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Ms Ela Bhatt

Founder, SEWA

2003

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Dr K Kasturirangan

Chairman, ISRO

2002

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Mr N Vittal

Central Vigilance Commissioner

2001

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Mr T P G Nambiar

Founder, BPL Ltd

2000

Dr BL Maheshwari Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr BL Maheshwari, the founder of COD, championed excellence in organization development, leadership and positive change throughout his career. He was passionate about building strong, resilient, adaptable and successful institutions through research, training and sharing knowledge.

Dr Maheshwari believed that focused professional work would be more impactful in a small, specialised institution, and took the unorthodox step of setting up COD, a public non-profit without government support or corporate affiliation, to address leadership and management challenges by transforming organizations.

On his passing in 2009, COD established the Dr BL Maheshwari Memorial Lecture to commemorate his life and work. This became the Dr BL Maheshwari Lifetime Achievement Award starting in 2017.

Award Recipients

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Dr Prathap C Reddy

Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd

2019

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Dr B V R Mohan Reddy

Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient

2018

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Mr Pullela Gopichand

Chief National Coach, India badminton team

2017

Speakers

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Dr D Subbarao

Governor, Reserve Bank of India

2016

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Mr S K Sharma

Chairman & Managing Director, BEL

2015

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Dr B V R Mohan Reddy

Founder & Executive Chairman, Cyient

2014

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Mr R Gopalakrishnan

Executive Director, Tata Sons

2013

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Dr Narendra Jadav

MP, Rajya Sabha

2012

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Mr Arun Maira

Member Planning Commission

2011

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Dr Y V Reddy

Governor, Reserve Bank of India

2010

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Dr V Krishnamurthy

Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

2009

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