Got a question? Here’s a bucket list of questions & answers to begin with!
I AM FROM MIT AND HAVE EXCELLENT GRADES. CAN I APPLY?
Yes, you definitely can. We’re open to every exceptional academic talent. You are a strong contender if you are pursuing your studies, whether at school, college, university, doctoral or post-doctoral level. Also, we are not elitist but democratic – if yours is a lesser-known institute, but you have sparkling grades, you are encouraged to apply. However, if you have moved on to take up a career or set up your own enterprise, you can apply in the ‘Entrepreneur’ or ‘Professional’ category.
I APPLIED FOR THE AWARDS IN THE PAST, CAN I RE-APPLY?
Yes, if you have applied for the awards in previous editions, you are eligible to apply again. You can log on to the website with your existing username and password. The application form you had filled last will appear; you can update the required information and resubmit the form for this year’s edition.
Please note: The finalists for NRI of the Year awards of any of the earlier editions are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for this year’s edition
HOW DOES THE APPLICATION FORM NEED TO BE FILLED?
All fields marked mandatory in the application form need to be complete in all respects; else it may be disqualified
Entries will be accepted in English language only and permanent ink has to be used.
Up to 3 supporting material such as photos, videos, screenshots, photographs, references, project plan, demo and other material can be submitted to the jury.
The declaration form on the last page of the application form must be accepted by the participant confirming acceptance of the terms and conditions of the awards.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
All the application forms received will go through multiple filtration levels and an independent jury will evaluate the applications based on certain predefined parameters to determine the winners
he detailed terms and conditions are available on the website www.nrioftheyear.com
Merely submitting an application form does not entitle a participant of being an award winner in any manner.
The decision of the jury and management will be final and binding.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THESE AWARDS?
To recognize and salute the achievements of Indians residing in America, Asia-Pacific, United Kingdom & Europe and Middle-East who have demonstrated success, vision and courage which has brought glory to India and the Indian diaspora at large.
WHAT ARE THE AWARD CATEGORIES?
Academics, Art and Culture, Entrepreneurs, Professionals, Philanthropy, Start-Up.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE AWARDS?
Participants should be of Indian origin residing in the region from which he / she has applied – America, Asia-Pacific, United Kingdom & Europe and Middle-East.
Participant should be residing in the country applied for a period of minimum 2 years as on June 30, 2015 with maximum 30 days out of the country in the last 2 years’ period.
HOW CAN ONE APPLY FOR THE AWARDS?
By filling in the online application form available here www.nrioftheyear.com/application
CAN THE APPLICANT APPLY IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES?
No, the participant cannot apply for multiple awards. The first application shall be taken as final
WE PIONEERED A DANCE FORM THAT IS YET TO DEBUT ON HOLLYWOOD. ARE WE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
Yes, you definitely are. Like we said earlier, we’ll put you on the map – that’s our responsibility. As they say, the world salutes the rising sun – get talking to us, we’ll line up the world for you.
I RUN A SMALL HOTEL SUCCESSFULLY, BUT IT’S NOT MICHELIN STARRED. CAN I PARTICIPATE?
YES! As we said earlier, these are your tickets to fame. We need quality over quantity, innovation over business turnovers, fortitude in the face of adversity. Modern phoenixes, rags to riches, tell us your stories.
I MENTOR A TEAM OF HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS AT A WELLNESS CENTRE IN DUBAI. CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Of course you can! Like we said earlier, you should have been with the organization for at least 2 years and your team members should get nightmares whenever you raise the topic of your trans-continental bicycle tour.
I HAVE SET UP A SUPPORT GROUP FOR VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL WEDDING FRAUDS. CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Of course you can! Like we said earlier, if you’ve been the balm to frayed nerves and stitched tattered spirits together, tell us your stories.
WHEN AND WHY DOES A PARENTAL CONSENT FORM NEED TO BE SUBMITTED?
The parental consent form has to be submitted for if the participant is applying in the ‘Academic’ section and has not attained the age of 18 (eighteen) as on June 30, 2015.
Why do I need to submit a copy of my passport?
We understand that your passport is a confidential document which you don’t really wish to share over the net. But rest assured, this is just a formality intended to stop fake registrations. We’ll not share any of the information provided by you with anyone else.
Can you fill in the application for me?
While we understand you are time-crunched, you really need to sneak in a little time to complete registrations. It’ll just take a clear 45-minute window.
Can my friend/family fill in the application for me?
Yes, they can but we believe you can tell your story best, not anyone else. We strongly recommend that you do it yourself.
Can I nominate my friend for the award?
Yes you definitely can. But when you do, please ask prior permissions and send us information like e-mail addresses and phone numbers so that we can schedule calls just in case she’s not responding to the mail.
I am having trouble logging in/submitting the application/uploading my documents.
Please be patient. Most often, in our excitement to complete the registration form, we miss a few mandatory details that must be filled so as to complete your application and make you a strong contender for the award category you’ve chosen to participate in.
What is the deadline for the application?
We’re open up to the stroke of midnight on 28th February 2017. But we strongly recommend you complete the process at your earliest convenience.
Are there word limits to be adhered to while answering?
No, there aren’t any limits to be adhered to. Tell us your story in simple and crisp language, that’s all.
Can I edit the information/upload documents later?
Yes, you most certainly can. We’ll stop this from 12 am India time on 13th February 2017. Before that, you can edit any part of your form any time and any number of times you wish to.
I am reapplying. Should I just re-submit or start afresh?
We’d like it very much if you could please start afresh. It’s a new and simple 4-step form that merely takes about 45 minutes to finish.
I am having troubles logging in. Can you help me?
Yes, please let us know exactly what issues you are facing and we’ll take care of it.
I can’t go below 2015 on the date of arrival/enrolment. Please help.
This is just a minor hiccup. What you need to do is select ‘1975’ and then the drop down will appear. Once you click on the link. Please choose the last year and continue the process until you reach the year of your choice.
Why is there no reply to my query?
You’ll be pleased to know that at NRI of the Year Awards 2017, we do not have auto replies. This is so because to us our participants are so special that they can indeed make or break the awards. We personally hand-hold each and every participant which is a time-consuming process. So, please allow us up to three working calendar days to respond.