Rev. Dr. HEMLATA S .PARMAR received the PRAVASI ACHIEVER GOLD MEDAL by Honorable Mr. K. C. Pant, (former Defense Minister); and Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and present Chairman of the Press Council of India on January 25, 2012 at New Delhi, India.
DR HEMLATA PARMAR was awarded for her outstanding services, achievements and contributions, raising the Indian flag high outside India.
The ceremony was also attended by many members of Parliament, Central Ministers of Government of India and other dignitaries namely Shri Kapil Sibal (Union Minister for Human Resource Development & Information Technology), Shri Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Chairman, Legal & Human Rights Dept.), Mr. K. C. Pant, (former Defense Minister); Dr Nitish Sengupta, Chairman, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises; Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and present Chairman of the Press Council of India, and Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh (Former Governor).
THE PRAVASI ACHEVER GOLD MEDAL is given annually by the “International Congress of Non Resident Indians”(held since 1982) on and around the Indian Republic Day in New Delhi, to no more than 2 members of the worldwide Indian diaspora by the NRI Welfare Society of India. This award is considered very prestigious, as is shown by the association of prominent personalities — including present and past members of the Indian Government — not only with the award ceremony, but also with the advisory board of the Society itself; among those associated with the board or present or past award ceremonies are the former Prime Ministers H.D. Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujral, ministers such as K. C. Pant (Former Defense Minister), and Oscar Fernandes, Vasant Sathe (Former Union Minister), Sushil Kumar Shinde (Union Minister for Power), K.H. Muniyappa (Minister of State Railways), and several members of Parliament. Former Election Commissioner G.V.G. Krishna murthy. Ambassadors of countries with a high number of Indians in the diaspora are also regular attendees addressing the participants of the Congress at which the awards are presented.
DR HEMLATA S. PARMAR IS ALSO RECEPIENT OF AWARDS BY NRI WELFARE SOCETY OF CONGRESS AS FOLLOW:
2001 HIND RATTAN AWARD PRESENTED BY MR I.K. GUJARAL, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA
2005 NAV RATTAN AWARD PRESENTED BY MR DEVGAVDA, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA
2007 SWORD OF HONOR (PRESETED WITH THE KEY OF INDIA
2009 WOMEN LEADERSHIP AWARD
2010 Women ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Rev. Dr. Hemlata S. Parmar is the driving force and role model in the Indian Christian Community here in the United States
A native of Nadiad, Gujurat, she completed her B.Sc in Nursing from Bombay University, then moving on to her Masters in Nursing at New York University and culminating in her doctorate (Ph.D )from Cumberland University. In this vast period of time she has been a Clinical Instructor at the College of Nursing – Ahmedabad, Gujurat where it was the first teaching college in nursing. When she arrived in the US in 1973 she married Sharadchandra I. Parmar and settled to raise a family in metropolitan New York City.
She is a very active member in the cogregation of Christ United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, NY where she is worship leader, PCR Chair among many other responsibilities within the community. Rev. Dr. Parmar is also Vice-President of the National Association of Asian Indian Christians where she has held that position for the last ten (10) years and founder and President of the Indian Christian Women’s Association in the USA. Along with Rev. Godfrey Uche she has also participated in the Rise & Shine TV Ministry which is shown throughout the US on cable television. Rev. Dr. Parmar’s book, HOW TO SURVIVE IN THIS UNCERTAIN WORLD is about to enter its 2nd printing along with being translated into other languages. Rev. Dr. Parmar when not busy within the community is found advising professionals on their finances from her Parmar Financial Group Inc.
We congratulate her for all her achievements and may God use her mightly!