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Kerala Center honors six at awards banquet

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New York: The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center honored five Indian American Malayalees for their outstanding achievements in their field of specialization or for their service to the society and one diplomat for his service to the UN, at its annual banquet at Leonards of Great Neck in Long Island on November 3.

The chief guest for the evening was Vijay K. Nambiar, Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar. He was also honored for his service to the UN.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Geeta Menon, Dean, Undergraduate College and Abraham Krasnoff, Professor of Global Business, Stern School of Business, New York University. Dr. Menon was honored for her achievement in the field of education.

Other award recipients were: Joy Kuttiyani, president of Kerala Samajam of South Florida, whose initiative to erect the Mahatma Gandhi statue came to fruition recently for Community Service; Viju Menon, vice president of Supply Chain Management at Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the United States for Applied Sciences; Dr. Narayanan Neithalath, associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, for Engineering; and Roy Thomas, deputy director at New York State Mental Health Department for Social Work.