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Indian American doctor to be honoured

Physician, activist and philanthropist Sudhir Parikh has been selected to receive the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for the year 2006.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 21:18 IST

Prominent Indian-American physician, activist and philanthropist Sudhir Parikh has been selected to receive the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for 2006, the highest civilian honour bestowed by India on non-resident Indians (NRIs).

President APJ Abdul Kalam will present the award to Parikh on the occasion of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Hyderabad.

In the last three years since its inception, India has so far given the award to 37 people of Indian origin, including UN Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor.

Parikh, who was bestowed the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour earlier this year for his lifetime of community service, currently heads the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA), the umbrella organisation of Indian organisations in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

"I'm honoured to be selected for this award that seeks to honour people of Indian origin who have made a difference to global well-being. I want to dedicate this award to the thousands of Indians living outside their homeland whose efforts have reiterated time and again that East or West, Indians are the Best," said Parikh.

A long-time votary of strong Indo-US relations, the doctor received international acclaim in the treatment of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.