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EFY Felicitates Dr. Ajay Kumar as the Electronics Leader of the Year

EFY Awards 2012 Were Presented Across 26 Product Categories to Brands Voted by the Readers of Electronics For You Magazine and Electronics Bazaar

Despite rough times, Indian electronics industry has been able to withstand and grow. All this is courtesy of the efforts of some people, companies and organisations, who have acted as catalysts in furthering the growth of the Indian electronics industry. Recognising their contribution towards the growth of the Indian electronics industry, Electronics For You has felicitated the pioneers of electronics fraternity with the EFY Readers’ Choice Awards 2012. The award ceremony was organised on March 15 at Le Méridien, Bengaluru, where the who’s who of the industry were present to honour the winners.

Dr. Ajay Kumar , joint secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India is one such important person, who has contributed to the growth of the Indian electronics industry in more than one way. Dr. Kumar has supported the growth of domestic electronics manufacturing on various platforms and has encouraged allied industries to create a base for the the Indian electronics industry to grow. He is credited to have encouraged the SEZ developers to explore the possibility of developing Electronic Manufacturing Clusters as ESDM is likely to attract significant investment in future, especially in the wake of the new policies announced by the Government.

Dr. Ajay Kumar has acted as a bridge between the government and the industry and has played a crucial role in conveying the measures that the government has been taking for the Indian electronics industry.

Accepting the award, Dr. Kumar said, “It is great that the work the government is doing in promoting the electronics industry has being recognised by the industry. The industry is seeing its second revival, if I may say so, and in the next 10 years or so, we can revive the glory day of the Indian Electronics industry.”

Apart from this, EFY Awards 2012 were presented across 26 product categories to brands voted by the readers of Electronics For You magazine and Electronics Bazaar. The awards also featured six special categories, selected by a jury of four members.

Ever since its inception in 2004, EFY Readers’ Choice Awards event, is eagerly awaited by the industry every year. The aim of EFY Awards has been to motivate, support and recognise outstanding brands, organisations and individuals who have furthered the growth story of the Indian electronics industry. The awards have evolved with time in response to the demands and suggestions received from the stakeholders of the Indian electronics ecosystem and our valuable readers.

“To keep up with the changes in the industry and the products churned out by it, the awards announced are reviewed every year and changed as per requirement. This year the EFY Awards Jury decided upon three new awards which are the Best Initiative by a Government Organisation, Certificate of Excellence 2012 for Emerging Organisation of the Year, and Certificate of Excellence 2012 for Government Organisation of the Year,” says Ramesh Chopra , founder and vice chairman, EFY Group.

Here’s a list of winners of EFY Awards 2012:
Capacitors: Vishay

Resistors: Vishay

Diodes & Transistors: Vishay


LED Drivers: Texas Instruments

Sensors, Transducers, Actuators and Related ICs: Honeywell

Switches & Relays:

Phoenix Contact

Microcontrollers: Atmel

EDA Tools: Cadence

Multimeters: Fluke

Oscilloscopes: Tektronix

Soldering & Desoldering Stations: Weller

Educational Kits & Trainers: Vegakits

Solar Cells:
Moser Baer

Solar Panels: Tata Power Solar Systems

SMF Batteries:


UPS Systems: Microtek

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs): Siemens

EPABX and Key Telephones: Panasonic

CCTV Cameras: Bosch

Training Institutes (Electronics): Jetking

Pick & Place Machines (SMT): Juki

Printed Circuit Boards: PCB Power

EMS Organisations: Flextronics

EFY Jury Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award: N Ramachandran, managing director, MEL Systems and Services Ltd.

Electronics Leader of the Year: Dr. Ajay Kumar , joint secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India

Electronics Organisation of the Year: Panasonic

Best Initiative by a Government Organisation: Department of Electronics and Information Technology

Certificate of Excellence 2012 for Emerging Organisation of the Year:
MyBox Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Certificate of Excellence 2012 For Government Organisation of the Year: Centre for Development of Telematics, Government of India

About EFY Awards:

EFY Readers’ Choice Awards were instituted in 2004 with 30 categories under which the Awards were presented of these 30 categories, 15 categories fell under core electronics, such as Oscilliscopes and Multimeters and 12 fell under consumer electronics, such as Televisions and Microwave Ovens. Under the remaining three categories, special Awards like ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Electronics Man Of the Year’ Award and ‘Electronics Organisation of the Year’ Award were presented. The function was held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and enjoyed tremendous media coverage.

Encouraged by an overwhelming response received from the industry, EFY Readers’ Choice Awards were made an annual event thereafter. Year 2005 witnessed the second serving of EFY Awards which became even more successful than the first one, with CNBC TV as the media partner. The venue for this year remained the same.

The procedure for nominations and finalising these awards is very simple. As the name suggests, these are based purely on the nominations invited from the readers of ‘Electronics For You’ magazine, recorded and till 2009 analysed by the leading market research agency in India, IMRB. The whole system is totally transparent and based on readers’ perception towards a particular brand.

EFY Awards have been conceptualised by the EFY Group, which is one of the oldest and most popular technology publication houses in India. EFY Group’s flagship publication ‘Electronics For You’ is the most popular electronics magazine in the whole of South Asia. This magazine started with its first issue dated January 1969 and is considered to be the most trusted publication in the field of electronics.

About EFY Group:

Over the last four decades, the EFY Group has become synonymous with information on cutting-edge technology. Today, this renowned media group is spread across eight cities of India, and caters to over two million techies spread across the globe.

Its print publications not only reach every nook and corner of India-our mailing list has over 6,000 zip-codes -but are also read by techies in South Asian countries, like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Afghanistan. The Group is also amongst the few Indian publishers to have its publications distributed in Singapore and Malaysia.

The online communities of the Group provide tech content to readers from all across the globe. The Group’s online portfolio includes some global leaders, such as:,,, and Plus, the Group manages three social media (Facebook) communities, which are global leaders in their respective domains. These include:, and

Recently, the Group launched digital editions of its publications to make them easily accessible to readers all across the globe. The Group’s digital publications are now available in all popular platforms including iOS (Apple), Android, Kindle and e-zine (web browser). The Group has also tied up with leading online distributors including Amazon, Scoop, PocketMags, Zinio, Magzter, etc.

The events division of the Group was strengthened with the launch of Electronics For You Expo in 2011. Now, the group boasts of a strong portfolio of events including EFY Readers’ Choice Awards, ELCINA-EFY Awards, Electronics Rocks, EFY Design Engineers’ Conference, and Open Source India.

The Group’s passion for technology and its expertise in knowledge-sharing is now being channeled into building a strong hands-on training programme through the EFY Tech Center. The Tech Center is working with the industry and academia to create industry-ready engineers.

The Group has set itself the target of empowering and helping 10 million techies, across the globe, by 2015, and it’s investing heavily on growing the online communities and increasing the number of readers of its digital publications to achieve the goal.

Primary Media Contact: Diksha P Gupta, [email protected], 91-9717854520

Secondary Media Contact: S Aadeetya, [email protected], 91-9873486869

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