Awards and Achievements

Dr. Daphne Pillai, CO-Founder of Pillai Group of Institutions was the recipient of the ASSOCHAM WOMAN ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD at the ‘Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Summit’ held in New Delhi on 13th November, 2019. The award was in recognition of her tremendous contribution to women’s empowerment through social entrepreneurship initiatives. The award ceremony was held in association with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
The award was conferred on her by the Hon. Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani.

Reference Link: Winner of ASSOCHAM Women Achiever of the Year Award – 2019 | ET in Campus

Dr. Daphne Pillai was felicitated for her Research Work in Women Studies on 14th January, 2016 by Department of Commerce, University of Mumbai on the occasion of the 13th International Conference of Commerce and Management held at the Kalina Campus.

Dr. Daphne Pillai was the Principal of Pillai College of Arts Commerce and Science, Panvel ( from 2002 to 2017.

The college was awarded the “BEST COLLEGE” by The University of Mumbai at the Independence Day celebrations of the University at the Kalina Campus in August 2016.

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Dr. Daphne Pillai, was awarded the SAVVY HONOURS CELEBRATING SUCCESS AWARD at a star studded, glittering function at the Taj, Santacruz on 24th July, 2016 organised by “Savvy” magazine.

Dr. Pillai, a leading educationist for over 30 years, is the Chairperson of the Management Board, Mahatma Education Society and co-founder of the Pillai Group of Institutions which runs 48 educational institutions where 35000 students study annually. She was felicitated for her contribution to education and especially for her efforts to empower the underprivileged women in society through Adult Literacy Drives and Skill Development Programmes. She firmly believes that “women are naturally empowered as they are the child bearing gender and only need the right environment within which to blossom and it is much our duty and obligation to choose the right environment for ourselves”.

She received a trophy and a citation honouring her for her well deserved contribution to society. Dr. Daphne Pillai is also the founder of the Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur, a women’s international organization which works for the welfare of women and works towards “Educating, Empowering and Enabling” women to build better lives for themselves.


  1. Feature on Dr. Daphne Pillai, Co-Founder, Pillai Group of Institutions and Chairperson, Management Board, MES in “SAVVY” Magazine [view .pdf]
  2. SAVVY HONOURS – Enriching Careers, Impacting Lives [view .pdf]

Dr. Daphne Pillai is well travelled and has a deep understanding of the socio-economic issues affecting women and girls. She is the Founder President of Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur and has initiated and implemented several projects for the upliftment of women including a literacy drive for women in slums.

Dr. Daphne Pillai was felicitated by the University of Mumbai in an International Commerce and Management Conference on Management Strategic of Trade, Commerce and Industries in India, South Korea, China and U.S.A., Global Perspectives, on 30th January, 2009 by the Pro. Vice-Chancellor, Honourable A. D. Sawant, for her valuable contribution in the field of education, initiating collaborate programmes for linking global learning virtues to local design, nurturing and enriching education in an innovative manner with a humane touch and taking it to the next level. She spearheads the student exchange programme with St. Mary’s College Moraga, California, U.S.A.

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