Jeddah: Japan-based Telangana NRI scientist Muralidhar Miryala is among the 30 NRIs, including three from Gulf, who were conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.
The award is the highest honour conferred by the President as part of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention on a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO) or organisation or institution established and run by NRIs or PIOs.
Besides, a well-known US-based Telugu doctor Sudhakar Jonnalagadda of Andhra Pradesh, Saudi-based entrepreneur Siddeek Ahmed, a community worker, ENT doctor in Qatar Mohan Thomas and Bahrain businessman KG Baburajan were among others awarded the highest honour for NRIs.
The theme of the 16th PBD Convention 2021 was ‘Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. President Ram Nath Kovind handed over the awards in a virtual ceremony in view of Covid pandemic.
Muralidhar, who graduated from Jadcherla Degree College in Mahabubnagar, is a native of Karvena village in Atmakur mandal of the district. He did M.Sc and Ph.D in Osmania University, Hyderabad, before moving to Japan. He is deputy president of Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan.
Muralidhar is considered as one of the best scientists in the world in high temperature superconductor cable wires that are used in high-speed rail transport system where Japan has a proven track record. India and several other developing nations have strategic partnership with Japan in high-speed rail technology.
Earlier, he was awarded ‘Best Researcher’ by Japanese government’s Railway Technical Research Institute. He was honoured by India for outstanding contribution in the field of science and technology and for promoting India abroad.
“I am extremely happy to attain this recognition which was previously given to prominent figures like Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO), President SR Nathan (Singapore’s former President), among others,” he said.
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