Taking note of the services individuals have been providing to the community and Gujarati Samaj at a global level, the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj conferred four NRGs with the distinguished NRI Award and honoraray membership on Saturday.
The award function, which was presided by Krishnakant Vakharia, president of the Samaj and Julie Desai, its vice president, was held at the Centre for Environment Education, Nehru Foundation for Development in Ahmedabad.
A seminar on the theme of opportunities and challenges before Gujarati community was also organised on the occasion. The three distinguished NRIs to be awarded include Dhirjalal Kotadia, Manoj Ladwa and Shabbir Patel. Apart from this, the samaj also felicitated Ronak Mehta by conferring honorary membership for his commendable services.
Dhirajlal Kotadia, Washington DC
Starting his humble journey from a remote hamlet in Saurashtra, Dhirajlal Kotadia has today reached great heights in the sphere of diamond and medical device industry. Having earned a diploma in electronic and sound engineering, he started his commercial activities in India.
A technocrat, Kotadia founded Sahajanand Laser Technology Pvt Ltd, bringing revolutionary changes into diamond processing systems. His social motivation for the poor urged him to establish ‘Sahajanand Medical Technologies’, which focused on innovative technology to save lives of millions of people by producing critical life saving medicines at affordable prices.
Manoj Ladwa, London, UK
A graduate of London School of Economics and qualified as a
solicitor in England, Manoj Ladwa’s special areas of interest are international joint ventures and dispute resolution. He has been an active member of UK Labour party and its community engagement forum as well as the first president of ‘National Hindu Students Forum’. He has authored over 100 articles and publications and is engaged on a documentary film project “African Raga”, tracing the 150-year history of Indians in Africa.
Shabbir Patel, Saudi Arabia
Shabbir Patel started his journey for a career from Junagadh to Mumbai, then Doha (Qatar) and ultimately to Saudi Arabia. Beginning from an agency for prestigious European brands of home appliances, finally started the international business consultancy services in electronic products, machinery textile and fabrics and in food stuff business.
On social fronts Patel has rendered exemplary community services to Indian community as the president of ‘Indian Pilgrim Welfare Forum’, as management committee member of ‘International Indian School Jeddah’, as an executive committee member of ‘India Forum’ and as the president of ‘Gujarat Welfare Society’.
Ronak Mehta, Philadelphia, US
Born in Ahmedabad and gaining a remarkable achievement in small scale industry, Ronak Mehta has been instrumental in supporting students from India and Gujarat setting their careers in the US. VGS facilitated him by conferring honorary membership for his services.