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Yusuf Hamied – Indian of the Year for Business

Yusuf Hamied, a chemistry alumnus and generous donor to the department and the university, has been made 2012 CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for business.

These awards recognise Indians who have made huge contributions to ‘Brand India’ across five categories – business, entertainment, politics, public service and sport. Ultimately voted for by the public from a list of nominees shortlisted by a jury, Yusuf won the award because of the success of his company, Cipla, in making some of the most essential drugs more affordable to people in developing countries.

‘I can truthfully say that chemistry runs in my blood,’ Yusuf says. ‘This prestigious award is a testament to the ideals I have fought for and fiercely defended in spite of all odds, always keeping in mind as to what is best for India.’

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