Two NRI Academics receive Indian Awards

Two Academics from the University of Salford, Professor Mohammed Arif and Dr Babani Shanker Nayak have been honoured with awards from the NRI Welfare Society of India. Mohammed Arif, Professor of Sustainability and Process Management was awarded the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award for his outstanding services, achievements and contributions to keep the Flag of India flying high. The Awards are one of the highest India diaspora awards granted annually to NRIs. Professor Arif the International Director of the College of Science and Technology has been conducting research in the areas of sustainability, low cost housing, and research initiatives with a range of Indian universities and the Indian Green Building Council. He has been carrying out research in India for 10 years, which has received particular praise from the UK India Education and Research initiative where his project on low cost housing was rated one of the top 10 projects conducted under this initiative. He continues to work on projects related to India. Dr Bhabani Shanker is a political economist and senior lecturer at Salford Business School. He was honoured by the president at a special ceremony at the House of Lords. He was also one of 30 NRIs globally this year to have received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award. He is a political economist and has 12 years of research and consultancy experience in varying areas of political economy of development and 8 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The regional focus of his research is on the impacts of neoliberalism on social cultural and economic transition of indigenous communities in South Asia, India and Odisha. Both honorees said it was an honour and a great privilege to be recognised. The Awards will be officially presented at the Society's annual congress held in conjunction with national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations on the eve of Indian republic day on January 25, in New Delhi.