By ABRAHAM THARIATH
By Abraham Thariath
Seven residents of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tristate region were among those recognized this year by the Indian-American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, an Elmont, New York-based organization, for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.
In all, 10 people were honored at the Kerala Center, at its eighth annual awards banquet there on Nov. 11. T.P. Sreenivasan, deputy chief of the mission at the Indian Embassy, who was the guest of honor, presented the awards, according to E.M. Stephen, president of the organization.
In his address, Sreenivasan, who has been appointed Indian ambassador to Austria and Slovenia and permanent representative to the United Nations Offices in Vienna, lauded the center for serving the community. The keynote address was delivered by Sreedhar Menon, venture capitalist and vice chairman of RRE Venture LLC of New York, Stephen told India in New York. An entertainment program was presented by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Neuva York.
The honorees from the tristate area and their categories are: Philanthropy - Dr. Abraham George, resident of Boonton Township, New Jersey; Social sciences - Dr. Margaret Abraham of Malverne, Long Island, New York; Journalism - Prof. Sreenath Srinivasan of New York City; Education - Dr. Babu George of Trumbull, Connecticut; Corporate management - Jose Mundassery of Princeton, N.J.; Community service - Dr. John Abraham of Staten Island; Nursing - Aleyamma Eapen of Brooklyn.
The others recognized were: Engineering - Dr. Ram Mohan of Clarksville, Maryland; Medicine - Dr. K. Sreekumaran Nair of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Special recognition - Marykutty Kuriakose of Chicago, Illinois.
According to the center, Dr. Abraham George is engaged in several humanitarian projects in Tamil Nadu, and involved in environmentally friendly and other issues elsewhere through his social service organization, the George Foundation. He is chairman of eMedexOnline LLC, a start-up medical diagnostic company.
Dr. Margaret Abraham is an associate professor and chairperson of the department of sociology and anthropology at Hofstra University. A board member of various social organization, she has been involved in research and activism in the field of domestic violence in the South Asian immigrant community for a decade. She is also associated with Sakhi for South Asian Women.
Srinivasan teaches journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is also director of the school's part-time two-year program that helps working professionals earn a master's degree in journalism. He is co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of more than 700 South Asian journalists in the United States, the center said in a citation.
Dr. Babu George is professor and chairman of the Department of Chemistry at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mundassery has been associated with the firm Brown Boveri and ABB, for the last 38 years in the foundry equipment business. He is the vice president for international sales for ABB Metallurgy, which has induction furnace manufacturing facilities in North Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1996 he started a paper mill in Meenkara, Palghat district, Kerala. The facility, Kunnath Paper Mills, employs about 200 people.
Dr. John Abraham is the founder and president of Mission Village in India, a voluntary, people-to-people organization, rendering free medical service to poor villages.
A donor of a free primary medical center for the village of Basarakodu, Andhra Pradesh, serving 17 villages, he is also the medical director of Project Christ International, an organization rendering voluntary medical service at various disaster stricken areas and poor villages the world over. He is in private practice in dermatology and cosmic surgery on Staten Island, the Kerala Center said in a citation.
Eapen is the head nurse at Coney Island Hospital's Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory, Author of the book "Cardiovascular Nursing,"
she received a National Safety Net Award for Quality Improvement from
the National Association of Public Hospitals, and a Nursing Research
Award from the Health and Hospital Corporation of New York. She has
published several research papers.