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Four Indian Americans honoured on the eve of US Independence Day

Jul 5, 2014 17:55 IST

Four India-born Americans were honoured on the eve of US Independence Day on 4 July 2014. They were honoured for their contributions to the US during annual Great Immigrants tribute held in New York, US.

The Indian-Americans honoured were Microsoft Corp chief executive Satya Nadella, Comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Carnegie Mellon University president Subra Suresh and former president of the University of West Georgia, Beheruz Sethna. They were honoured along with 36 others.

Satya Nadella born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh became the shining stars among the Indian-Americans when he was chosen to head technology giant Microsoft Corp in February 2014. He migrated to the US in the 1980s.

Aasif Mandvi was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra and migrated to the US when he was 16. He is known for his satire on issues such as Islam, the Middle East and South Asia during his stint as correspondent on The Daily Show.

Subra Suresh was born in Chennai, Tamil nadu and migrated to the US to work on a postgraduate science degree. He graduated in 1979. He is the ninth president of the Carnegie Mellon University. He was appointed as director of the National Science Foundation in 2010 by US President Barack Obama. He served as the director of federal science agency till 2013.

Beheruz Sethna was born in India in 1948 and served as the sixth president of the University of West Georgia - the first Indian-American to lead a university in the US.

The annual Great Immigrants event  is sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, a foundation started by a Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie who spearheaded the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and was himself one of the most well-known philanthropists of his time.

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