Washington DC: Indian-Americans Dr Bharat Barai and Dr Sampat Shivangi have been selected for the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, the highest civilian award given to overseas Indians and people of Indian origin.
They are scheduled to receive the award from President Pranab Mukherjee in Bengaluru on January 9, the last day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conclave. People of Indian origin from across the world have gathered for the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Bengaluru.
The list of the prestigious award has not been officially announced yet, but its recipients were informed by the Indian Government last week.
Based in Chicago, Dr Barai was instrumental in the grand success of the historic Madison Square Garden event of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in September 2014. On the other hand, Dr Shivangi, who is based in Mississippi, has played a key role in improving India-US relationship through lawmakers.
The award was established in 2003 by Ministry of External Affairs to honour exceptional and meritorious contribution in their chosen field or profession.
So far 28 overseas Indians from the US have received the award. Prominent among them being Rajat Gupta, Kalpana Chawla (posthumously), Shashi Tharoor (when he worked at the UN in New York), Sam Pitroda, Prof Jagdish Bhagwati and Dr Rajiv Shah.