Mala Mehta and Dr Shailja Chaturvedi to be honoured for their continued service to community and growth of Hindi
The Vedic Pratinidhi Sabha and Arya Samaj of Australia Inc have decided to honour Mala Mehta and Dr Shailja Chaturvedi for their service to the Indian community and growth of the Hindi language at an event to be held on 12 June at the Pennant Hills Community Centre Hall.
Ms Mehta’s years of voluntary service to the migrant community and towards the proliferation of the Hindi language for the last 30 years (she established IABBV Hindi School) have been recognized by the Australian Government, which has honoured her with ‘Order of Australia’ (OAM). She has also been awarded the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award’ by the President of India. In 2009, Ms Mehta, a member in the Police Multicultural Advisory Council and the sub-committee for domestic violence, was nominated as Hornsby Shire’s International Woman of the year.
Dr Chaturvedi is well known for her service to the community and for the Hindi language for over three decades. She established the ‘Hindi Samaj’, and arranged many Kavi Sammelans and Kavya Goshtis for the promotion of Hindi. As a writer in Hindi and English, she has published her own collection of poems and stories, as well as spearheaded Chetna, the annual publication of the Hindi Samaj.
In the field of medicine, Dr Chaturvedi and her husband have conducted regular eye camps in Rishikesh, India, and subsequently in Fiji. She was part of the mental health reform policy formulation in Fiji for nearly five years on invitation from the Fiji government. As past president of Australian Indian Medical Graduate Association and currently in the EC committee of Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, she is actively involved in improving working conditions of expatriate Indian doctors. Her current projects include organising exchange programs between Sydney Medical School and King George Medical University in Lucknow in addition to helping Sitapur Eye Hospital develop state of the art services for the underprivileged population of Eastern UP. She is also involved in forming a Pravasi Bharteey group for the Swacch Bharat program.
The Vedic Pratinidhi Sabha and Arya Samaj of Australia Inc extend their invitation to those who would like to attend the ceremony.