Rajendra Kapoor, chairman of Kashi Jewelers, was recently awarded the MSME President of India National Award for outstanding entrepreneurship by honorable Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The MSME(Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) award is given for excellence in entrepreneurship, quality and Innovation. Kashi jewelers Has been selected as the only jeweler in India to receive this prestigious President of India National Award. Kapoor has been a true pioneer and innovator in the gems and jewelry industry. Kapoor did his B.Tech from lIT (Kanpur) and M.Tech from University of Toronto (Canada), after teaching in Canada for sometime, he joined the family business in 1978. Kapoor was one of the first to start exports in 1979 and subsequently exported to Middle East, United Kingdom (U.K.), United States of America (U.S.A.), Europe and South America.He was honored by the Gems and Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) at Surat, Gujrat by Honorable Shri Narendra Modi. Mr. Kapoor was one of the first ones to hire female staff when the industry was predominantly male dominated thus promoting gender equality.