Government of India honours Sunny Varkey with Padmashri Award


1. One of the highest civilian honours in recognition of Sunny Varkey’s outstanding contribution to education and social service
2. Sunny Varkey joins a select list of non-resident Indians to be conferred the title

sunny-varkeyThe Government of India has honoured Mr Sunny Varkey, Chairman of The Varkey Group, which includes GEMS Education and Emirates Healthcare Holdings Limited (operating Welcare and City Hospitals and clinics), with the Padmashri award. It is one of the country’s highest civilian awards, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to education and social service.

Mr Varkey joins a select list of non-resident Indians to be honoured with the Padmashri, a reiteration of his stature not only in the Middle East but also in India, and across the world.

Mr. Varkey owns and manages the largest network of private schools in the United Arab Emirates and has almost 100 international schools around the world under the aegis of GEMS Education – a company that has contributed significantly to the socio-economic progress of the region.

Mr. Varkey received the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Eminent Educationist last year, and has also received the CEO Middle East Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, the Global Indian Business Award and the Most Outstanding Businessman of the Year by Asian Businessman Awards, Middle East – all for his achievements in education and healthcare.

“I am greatly honoured by this recognition from the Government of India. Education and social services are close to my heart. I thank the entire team of GEMS Education and elsewhere, who through consistent hard work and dedication have improved the lives of people around the world. I share this honour with each one of them. It is awards like this one that allow us to continue the work we do in the field of education in the private sector and to work on initiatives that help provide education to the underprivileged,” said Mr Varkey.

About GEMS Education:
GEMS manages a growing network of nearly 100 high quality international schools around the world. GEMS network of schools provide a unique brand of holistic education to 85,000 students from over 124 countries, employing over 6,200 education professionals, specialists and staff from over 50 nationalities. Supported by a network of eminent, international advisors in the field of education, GEMS global network of multi-skilled specialists and in-house experts provide invaluable support and guidance in all areas related to schools, delivering world class standards of education. ‘GEMS Education’ offers total school management solutions. From project inception and planning to ongoing operations of schools, GEMS offers a total solutions approach to the management of new school projects and existing schools. Information on the company and its portfolio can be found at

About Emirates Healthcare Holdings Limited:
Emirates Healthcare Holdings Limited is a world-class healthcare service provider with its flagship in Dubai. Managed by a team of internationally qualified and experienced professionals, the hospital offers a complete range of medical and surgical specialties to inpatients and outpatients. The Welcare Hospitals and clinics as well as the City Hospital are a part of Emirates Healthcare
Building on the success of Welcare Hospital, Welcare World was launched. Welcare World provides world-class healthcare management and consultancy services to healthcare facilities throughout the region, through strategic partnerships.
Recently, The City Hospital in the Dubai Healthcare City was launched. IT is one of the largest and most technologically advanced private hospitals in the region. Built at a cost of more than US$100 million, the hospital offers a range of specialties that is among the widest available under one roof, including Cardiology, Trauma and Mother & Child.
The City Hospital also provides high levels of comfort and privacy in order to foster a sense of wellbeing among patients. It has 210 beds spread over eight levels, and every bed is in its own private space.

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