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Dimexon's Chairman receives the 'Excelsa Sequar' Sesquicentennial Award
6th February, 2013


A hundred and fifty years in the service of the nation through education is a monumental achievement for the Stanes Higher Secondary School. The school in Coimbatore was founded by the successful businessman Sir Robert Stanes in 1863 and it is was a particularly special occasion as it was the alma mater for our Founder and Chairman of Dimexon, Mr. Pankaj K. Mehta.


As part of the school’s 150th year celebrations, the school honored distinguished Alumni and Associates with a sesquicentennial award which was distributed by Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. Dr Kalam delivered an inspiring speech to mark the occasion highlighting that the school and children should have a global outlook for the future. Indeed, the receivers of the award have achieved the highest standards in their professions at both the National and International level and were recognised for their contributions and exceptional service to the Stanes School.


There were 14 recipients of the ‘Excelsa Sequar’ award which means ‘Aim for the Highest’, including Mr. Pankaj K. Mehta who was commended for international excellence in the Diamond and Jewellery industry. Other honorary recipients included Padmashri Mr PR Krishna Kumar who was recognized for his contributions in the medical sector, including the promotion of Ayurveda education, research and clinical services. India’s first Formula One racing driver, Mr Narain Karthikeyan, who débuted with the Jordan team and became a test driver for Williams F1 and later joined the HRT team, also received the award. The renowned architect and Chairman and Trustee of Stanes School, Mr Philip R.J. Fowler was recognized for his architectural and interior design both abroad and in India. Mr Fowler, whose father Mr H.O. Fowler was the then Principal during the time Mr Pankaj Mehta attended the school, has worked on a number of prestigious projects such as The New Sri Lankan Parliamentary Complex, The Presidential Secretariat and The British Council Head Quarters.


Mr Mehta was especially praised for Dimexon’s women empowerment programme, the first of its kind, which provided the local rural community in Coimbatore with employment opportunities, uplifting the lives of many families within the region. The programme has been in place since 1987 and it has supported more than 20,000 local women, enabling many of them to rise to leadership positions within Dimexon from humble backgrounds. In addition to this programme, Dimexon also provides financial and social support for local schools in the Coimbatore community in order to encourage the importance of education. Donating equipment and support materials to rural schools is its small contribution in helping to improve educational competency and to motivate local children towards academic excellence. Such programmes support Dimexon’s ‘people as priority’ commitment as part of the organisation’s ‘Future Perfect’ initiative that emphasizes investment in people to ensure that the benefits are felt by its own employees, their families, as well as the wider community.



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