Professor Ishwar Parhar honoured with Hind Rattan Award
10 March 2017
Each year, the NRI Welfare Society of India recognises people of Indian origin and non-resident Indians (NRIs) for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Hind Rattan Award, also known as the Jewel of India, is one of the highest Indian diasporic award granted at the society’s annual congress on the eve of India’s Republic Day.
Born and bred in Malaysia, it was truly an honour for Director of Brain Research Institute, Professor and Head of Neuroscience, Dr Ishwar Parhar, from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to be awarded the Hind Rattan Award in New Delhi for his outstanding achievements and contributions in science and technology.
“I owe a lot to my parents and ancestors. I thank them for giving me all the wonderful opportunities in my life to achieve success. Dreams are easy to catch but the only limitation is ourselves,” Prof Ishwar said when asked about how he felt upon receiving the award. On a lighthearted note, Prof Ishwar shared that he had to do a little investigation of his own, to ascertain that the nomination he received was real and not a prank. He also added that being a recipient of the award enabled him to network with other NRIs and ministers from India.
The Ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister’s Office, Supreme Court of India, senior members of the government and international diplomats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “NRIs and people of Indian origin have been our brand ambassadors for decades. They showcase the image of India by culture, tradition, skills and style of life, while dwelling in foreign countries. It is our duty to keep them sentimentally and emotionally linked, to enable them to make substantial contributions towards the progress of India. NRIs have now become the strength of an economically and financially powerful India.”
On a separate note, Prof Ishwar shared that he has been selected to participate in a new program called Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education which engages with the institutes of Higher Education in India. GIAN aims to tap into the talent pool of scientists around the world to augment the country’s academic resources and to elevate its capacity to global excellence.