Many a toast was raised to the spirit of success at the 'Teachers Achievement Awards 2003'
. At a glittering star-studded ceremony held in Mumbai, on 29 November 2003, Mr. Yash Chopra was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award.
These annual awards, instituted by Allied Domecq in 2001, aim to recognize and honour individual merit, with the twin objective of honouring excellence as well as exhorting others to scale new heights. The entire process of nomination, jury selection and identification of winners was validated by lead global audit firm KPMG.
On receiving the award, Mr. Yash Chopra said, "I am really privileged to be honoured by all of you, and even more overwhelmed because it is by a fraternity not directly associated with the film firmament. To be recognized by the stalwarts of Indian society is indeed a great pleasure. I have always said that all my achievements would not have been possible without the efforts of a great team of creative and technical giants that I had the honour of working with in these 5 decades. This award will spur me on to better my endeavours in the future."
The number of categories this year was increased to five. Naina Lal Kidwai won the achievement award for Business, Shiamak Davar won the award for Entertainment, Mahesh Bhupati won the award for Sports and Vikram Chandra won the award for Communication.
Mr Harish Moolchandani, Managing Director, Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine (I) Pvt Ltd speaking at the awards ceremony, said, "It has been a pleasure for us to partner with some great luminaries in their fields, who are present here today as our jury members, to select and recognise the achievers of today. This is just a humble attempt by us to felicitate those who fit right in with our brand promise of 'Genuine quality speaks for itself'. We hope to spur them and others to greater heights."