Sanjeev Bikhchandani, founder and vice-chairman of, India's leading job site, was on Saturday conferred with Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards.

According to a home ministry statement, Bikhchandani has been given Padma Shri in the category of trade and industry.

His company also runs,, and In addition, it has made strategic investments in promising web start-ups such as Zomato, Policybazaar, Shopkirana and Ustraa.

He graduated from IIM Ahmedabad in 1989.

Starting off from a servant quarter above a garage and seed capital of two thousand rupees, the entrepreneur's company grew and attracted investments from leading global venture capitalists.

It was the first Internet company to list on Indian stock exchanges. Today, the company employs over 4,000 people and has a market capitalisation of over USD 4.5 billion.

Bikhchandani is also the founding trustee of Ashoka University. PTI ACB

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