Dr. Zulekha Daud, Founder & Chairperson-Zulekha Healthcare Group, hailing from Nagpur, Maharashtra in India, a renowned physician-turned-entrepreneur based in UAE received India’s top most honors for overseas Indians – the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award. The award was conferred by the Hon’ble President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on January 23, 2019 at a ceremony held at Lalpur in Varanasi, India.
The ceremony was presided by high profile government delegates including Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs, Shri Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Gen. (Dr.) V.K Singh, Ministry of State of External Affairs. Managing Director Mr. Taher Shams and Co-Chairperson Zanubia Shams of Zulekha Healthcare Group also accompanied Dr. Daud on the occasion.
Expressing her gratitude to the Indian government and all delegates of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Dr. Daud said, “I am overwhelmed with this absolute honor and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Ram Nath Kovind, Hon’ble President of India and other respected members of the Indian Government for this recognition. I highly appreciate the support and encouragement of Indian Ambassador to UAE, Navdeep Singh Suri and Consul General of India Shri Vipul to the Indian fraternity in UAE.”
“I am thankful and dedicate this recognition to the residents of Nagpur and Central India who have given us an opportunity to serve all with our community initiatives. The award is also in many ways a reward to the growing community of Zulekha Healthcare Group professionals who have strived to combine healthcare experiences & expertise with a human touch to serve people with the highest quality of care. We are committed towards developing the healthcare industry in the UAE and India and in promoting Indo-UAE ties at every opportunity we have.” she added.
Dr. Daud has always believed in empowerment of women and under-privileged students through education. With this belief, she started in 2008 ZED Vocational Training & General Shikshan Sanstha (ZEDVTGSS), in Nagpur, India – a locality considered as backward with poor quality educational institutions. ZED is a Minority Commission recognized institution imparting courses in Education, Science, Commerce and Technology streams. She also set up the following colleges – Zulekha College of Commerce, Science & Technology, Zulekha College of Education and Zulekha Post Graduate College of Education. These colleges have over 5000 students for variety of professional curriculum such as Polytechnic, BBA, BCCA, B.Com, B.Ed and M.Ed.
NABH accredited Alexis Multispeciality Hospital in Nagpur is a state-of-the-art distinctive 210 bedded hospital established by Dr. Daudin 2016 and offers end-to-end multispecialty healthcare services. The hospital boasts of latest international quality standards in practices nad technologies in healthcare.
As part of the Group’s Community Health initiatives, they regularly conduct various free awareness & counseling programmes for the masses, as well as the less fortunate sections of the society. One of the many key initiatives is their association with Dar Al Ber Society to make advanced cardiac care affordable and accessible to all communities in UAE. The campaign, entitled ‘Nabd Al Khair’ (The Pulse of Goodness), aims to provide free treatment, healthcare and specialised operations to heart patients through a AED 10 million social funds.
Dr. Daud has been in the forefront of many Philanthropic and Social initiatives in India and abroad and believes in contributing to the society by empowering people with knowledge.