UH President Khator Receives 'Pride of India Award'

The “Pride of India Award” honors leaders from a variety of business and cultural sectors for their outstanding contributions to their respective industries and communities.

Among the 2014 “Pride of India” honorees is University of Houston President and UH System Chancellor Renu Khator, who accepted the award during a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.UH President Renu Khator

Each year, the Indo-American Friends Group/Indo-American Business Chamber present this award to trailblazers from a variety of industries.  Nominations are submitted by members of the Indian, Indian diaspora and Indian-American communities. Khator’s fellow 2014 “Pride of India Award” recipients are U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and Deepak Obhrai, Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Pride of India Award complements other honors Khator earned in 2014 including the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (awarded by Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India) and the NAPSA President’s Award.

The “Pride of India Award” is another reason for the University of Houston community to celebrate. In addition to this and other honors earned this year, Khator led UH through a year of transformation including the largest fall enrollment in the history of institution, the opening of the 40,000-seat TDECU football stadium, campus expansions that include state-of-the-art residence halls and academic facilities and dynamic new programs aimed at helping students predict tuition costs and graduate on time.

“It is with great pride and joy that I learned that I had been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Pride of India Award,” Khator said. “I salute the work of the Indo-American Friends Group and the Indo-American Business Chamber as they promote and strengthen the commercial, cultural and educational bonds between the world’s two largest democracies, while serving as a means to celebrate the traditions, experiences and history that guide and inform the daily lives of Indians and Indian-Americans in the United States.”

The Indo-American Friends Group/Indo-American Business Chamber promotes ties between the Indian and U.S. communities. For more details, visit the organization’s website.

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,900 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country. For more information about UH, visit the university’s newsroom.