Sir Dr.M.Ponnavaikko, Vice-Chancellor of SRM University has been awarded the prestigious Bharat Jyoti Award, Certificate of Excellence, of the India International Friendship Society for his Meritorious Services, Outstanding Performances and Remarkable Role by Shri Rajeev Shukla, Hon’ble Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the presence of Dr.Bhishma Narain singh, former Governor of TamilNadu & Assam, during the Global Friendship Day celebration held on 11th January 2012 at Winsor Palace, Janpath, New Delhi.
The India International Friendship Society is one of India's leading voluntary organization and advocates strongly in economic growth and national integration. It also stands as a champion in the vital area of forging friendships between individuals, corporate, regions, religions and nations for peace, progress and prosperity of the global community.
Some of the past recipients of Bharat Jyoti Awards include Mother Teresa, former Vice President B.D. Jatti, Governors like Justice M Fatima Beevi, Gen G.V. Krishna Rao; former Air-Chief-Marshal N.C. Suri, former director of CBI, Joginder Singh; former chief justice of the Apex Court like justice P.N. Bhagwati, Justice R.S. Sarkaria and Justice H.R. Khanna; Election Commissioner G.V.G. Krishnamurthy; renowned heart specialists Dr. Naresh Trehan and the like eminent personalities from different walks of life.