Speaking on the occasion, Times Group MD Vineet Jain, said, "I am happy that the Miss Universe pageant is back once again with the Times Group." The Miss India Universe pageant will be produced in isolation as a stand-alone contest end of June to choose a winner who will represent India at the Miss Universe pageant.
Marc Robinson, Director Operations, Miss India, added, "Miss Universe is back where it rightfully belongs, with The Times Group. It is the oldest and most credible organisation in India capable of conducting and producing pageants on an international level, while keeping in mind international pageant requirements and standards. Both Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta rose to fame after winning the Miss India, and subsequently the Miss Universe titles, in the years 1994 and 2000, respectively." (Source: The Times of India, 2/2/2013)
Sushmita Sen, former Miss Universe 1994, held the Miss Universe franchise for three years (2010, 2011, 2012). A month ago, she announced in her website her decision to terminate her contract with the Miss Universe Organization.