Kochi: Bank of Baroda and Karur Vysya Bank have been selected as the best banks in the public and private sectors, respectively, at the national level for this year by a jury appointed by the State Forum of Bankers Clubs in Kerala.

The awards in the various categories would be presented at a function here on December 17, the State Forum of Bankers Club President L R R Warrier and General Secretary K U Balakrishnan told reporters here.

Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas will present the forum's 'Businessman of the Year' award to NRI businessman B Ravi Pillai, the Managing Director of the Dubai-headquartered RP Group of companies.

Kerala Finance Minister K M Mani will present the best bank award in the public sector category to Bank of Baroda Managing Director and CEO M D Mallaya, while State Excise Minister K Babu will present the best bank award in the private sector of K Venkitaraman, the CEO and Managing Director of Karur Vysya Bank.

Justice V R Krishna Iyer will present the best bank award in the rural development category to V K Saigal, the Chairman of North Malabar Gramin bank, and the best bank award in the new generation banks category to IndusInd Bank Ltd Managing Director and CEO Romesh Sobti.

Corporation Bank and Indian Overseas Bank were adjudged the second and third best banks in the public sector and Lakshmi Vilas and City Union Bank in the private sector, respectively.

 Among the new generation private banks, YES Bank and Axis Bank have been selected for the second and third slots.

About 27 parameters, including the banks' deposits, advances and NAP level were taken into consideration while selecting the best banks, Balakrishnan said.

(Agencies)