NRI businessman and philanthropist P. Mohammed Ali, familiar to Keralites as Galfar Mohammed Ali, has been chosen for this year's P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial and Socio-Cultural Award instituted in memory of the late P.V. Sami, founder of KTC group of companies.

This was announced here on Tuesday at a press conference by P.V. Gangadharan, trustee of P.V. Sami Memorial Trust.

Mr. Ali, who is Managing Director of Galfar Engineering in the Sultanate of Oman, was chosen for the honour by a jury headed by M.P. Veerendrakumar, chairman, Mathrubhumi group of publications, and consisting of physician C.K. Ramachandran and film director Sathyan Anthikkad.

Mr. Ali is the founder-director of Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and Infrastructure Kerala Limited (INKEL), both companies promoted by the State government, besides being the Chairman of the Social Advancement Foundation of India (SAFI), an institution conceived to render educational support to socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society.

He owns the Indian School, Caledonian College of Engineering and the Oman Medical College in Oman; Mfar Constructions in Bangalore; and the Le Meridian Hotel and International Convention Centre in Kochi.

Union Minister of State for HRD and External Affairs E. Ahamed would present the award to Mr. Ali at a function at Tagore Centenary Hall here on September 1, coinciding with the 21st death anniversary of P.V. Sami.

A seminar on “Is civil society above democracy and Constitution of India?” would be inaugurated by Finance Minister K.M. Mani as part of the programme.