Dr. J. Hareendran Nair (MD Pankajakasthuri Group) has been conferred Padmasree Award 2012, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. It is awarded to him to recognize his distinguished contribution towards the emergence of Ayurveda as a popular system of medicine in India. He is well known for his efforts to promote and preserve one of the oldest forms of medicine existing in the world.