Viral Desai, CEO of the Surat-based dyeing and processing house, has won the India Today ‘Make in India Emerging Entrepreneur Award 2016’ in the textiles and garments category.

“It was a big honour to be the only textile industry from India being nominated and selected by the prestigious India Today Group and its knowledge partner Fourth Lion Technologies for the award,” a statement from Zenitex said.

As part of the award process, the India Today team first shortlisted more than 80 companies in the textile sector.

The objective of the awards is to identify and reward successful Indian manufacturing companies that exemplify the spirit of ‘Make in India’. The award was given in ten sectors—biotechnology & pharmaceuticals, food processing, automobiles, textile and garments, defence and aviation, electronics systems, construction, leather, renewable energy and innovation.