Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin –GOPIO Sydney hosted the 4th Youth Achievers Awards Night- GYAAN 2013 on 2nd March at Parravilla Function Lounge, Parramatta honouring the achievements of young Australians of Indian origin. Indians in Australia have always featured in the most successful migrant group and high achievers in HSC from Indian background is further indication of the dedication of Indian migrant families towards education and all around development.


If the success of past three award dinners are any indication, this years awards night was an extremely well attended function where Australians from all walks of life got together to celebrate the success of the young Australians of Indian origin and how they embarked on a road to contribute to a rich and diverse Australian society.


GOPIO Sydney, the trendsetters of these awards in N.S.W acknowledged, encouraged & most importantly promoted the positive achievements of the young achievers of Indian origin.  These awards provided a greater opportunity and gave important recognition to the leaders of tomorrow. The calibre of the young achievers was outstanding.


The GYAAN Awards are open to all HSC students of Indian origin, who attained ATAR 98 and above in HSC results. Besides academic awards, other awards were achievements in Indian languages, dance, drama, music, visual arts, aviation, photography, community services and sports. Before an august audience of distinguished guests, the 53 young achievers were honoured with GYAAN awards for their hard work, grit, determination and loads of talent. Trophies, certificates and lots of gifts and prizes were presented to high achievers of each category to recognise their success. The three All rounder award winners (winner, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up) got Samsung Tablets sponsored by Centrum Printing, Milan Bazaar and GOPIO Sydney. This year’s another attraction was the essay competition- “How you could be the change in 2013?” The three winners bagged cash prizes of $200.00, $100.00 and $50.00, sponsored by Hope International.



The award ceremony was attended by the deputy High commissioner of India in Australia, Hon. Surinder K Datta, who had flown in from Canberra for the evening, members of parliament from state and federal parliament, film & media personalities along with the families of the young HSC high achievers, who were honoured at the function.



President of GOPIO Sydney and Bollywood Star finalist Mrs. Lucky Singh addressing the youth said “Always aim for achievement and success will follow you. Although this is the end of one chapter of your life, it is a beginning of a new story, YOUR STORY. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined and be the change you wish to see in the world.”


Sukhwinder Rajput, Joint Secretary of GOPIO Sydney read the message of GOPIO International President Mr. Ashook Ramasaran from New York. Hon.Michelle Rowland, MP, Federal member of Greenway represented the Prime Minister of Australia read the message of Hon. Julia Gillard while Martin Zaiter, liberal candidate, represented the leader of the opposition read the message of Hon.Tony Abbott. The messages of Hon.John Robertson, leader of the opposition in N.S.W parliament was also read by Hon.Guy Zanghari, MP, shadow minister for citizenship and communities and Hon. Matt Kean MP from Hornsby, represented the Premier of N.S.W, Hon. Barry OFarrell. The other distinguished guests were Nathan Rees, former premier New South Wales and Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Shadow Minister for the Arts, Susai Benjamin, councillor Blacktown, Raj Datta ,councillor ,Strathfield, Gurdeep Singh, Councillor, Hornsby, Anupam Sharma, Producer/Director and advisor of Indian Cinema,  Mr. Umesh Chandra, coordinator of GOPIO International in Oceania/ Pacific region.


The evening was very well organised and was led by charming and enthusiastic ladies Lucky Singh, Aisha Khan, Manju Mittal, Shallu Kundra and dynamic Raj Bhandari and Bollywood star finalist Gautam GLuv Koul.


The award ceremony was followed by a short entertainment program which was a potpourri of traditional and Bollywood dances and songs by Road2Bollywood and NepIndo Dance group and DJ Desi Rockstar. Maya da Dhaba had laid out sumptuous dinner; auction and raffle draws were conducted fabulously by Rod, Balwinder Ruby and Raj Bhandari, where attractive prizes by Milan Bazaar, Centrum Printing, Best & Less Travels, Patel bros. Minto Cellars, Curry masters and lots of other sponsors were given away to the audience.


GOPIO Sydney always lead by example to the community and it was a historic day for GOPIO on the night as it’s members successfully supported and  raised funds of more than $10,000 for a girl child Twisha Makwana’s medical treatment in Boston, USA.


Rajat Midha, Treasurer GOPIO Sydney closed the evening with a thank note by acknowledging all the sponsors, the dignitaries, the young achievers and their families, members of the Indian community and everyone else present on the evening.


Congratulations to all the deserving winners, their families and a big pat on the shoulders of all the GOPIO Sydney team including Dr. Jawahar Thomas, Vice President, Bhupinder Chhibber, Secretary, Sukhwinder Rajput, Rajat Midha, Balbir Singh, Satpal Dhingra, K L Dhingra, Shiv Saini, Balwinder Ruby, Raj Bhandari, Poonam Chhibber, Kamini Raj singh, Manju Mittal, Maxine Salma, Shallu Kundra, Dr.Nadeem Khaja, Himmat Singh Hami, Suresh Sharma,  Rosina Sharma and volunteers who worked relentlessly for this event.


GOPIO Sydney encourages future students of Indian origin to apply for GYAAN awards after their HSC exam in December each year at their web site


GOPIO Sydney correspondent




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