The Birthday Honours were appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of those countries. The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen’s Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June. The Australian Honours were announced yesterday. Below is a list of Indians invested with the honours.
OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Professor Nalini Joshi
Professor Nalini Joshi was born and spent her childhood in Burma. She currently lives in Sydney
Professor Nalini Joshi received The Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to mathematical science and tertiary education as an academic, author and researcher, to professional societies, and as a role model and mentor of young mathematicians.
Nalini Joshi is an Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, she is the first woman in the School to hold either position. and is a past-president of the Australian Mathematical Society.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Mr Maithri Hemachandra Panagoda – St Ives, NSW.
For significant service to the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales, and to the law, particularly in litigation and dispute resolution.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
Mr Darshak Hasmukh Mehta – Mosman, NSW.
For service to the community through charitable organisations.
He served as Chairman of The LBW (Learning for a Better World) Trust which he co-founded in 2006 with journalists Peter Roebuck and Mike Coward and solicitor Peter Strain. He is currently its President.
He is also a Patron of the education charity, Pratham Australia. Pratham (in India) is the largest children’s education charity, helping millions of Indian children realise their potential.
Mrs Mallika Prasad-Chowta – Myrtle Bank, SA.
For service to the multicultural community in South Australia.
She hails from Mangalore and migrated to Australia in 1975 with her husband Dr Raj Prasad and settled in Adelaide.
Mallika’s first job was working with the Aboriginal community as low cost nutritional cookery demonstrator. She visited families for 16 years across the metropolitan area, as well as in fringe locations, on a weekly basis to cook meals with families. Mallika considers this as her proudest achievement.
Mallika also worked with children with disabilities. She is also a qualified Special Education Teacher. Later she became a tutor at the SA Head Injury Services to assist secondary and tertiary students with head injuries.
Professor Prasad Kanaka Yarlagadda – Brookfield, QLD.
For service to the Indian community in Queensland, and to engineering.
Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda worked as an academic and Researcher in industry and universities for over twenty-two years in a number of organisations in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Australia. He is working as Professor in Smart Systems in the School of Engineering Systems at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Currently he is also Director, Smart Systems Research Theme in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering.
He is Fellow of Institution of Engineers, Australia, Fellow of Institution of Engineers, India, Senior member of Society Manufacturing Engineers, USA, Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, USA, and number of other professional organisations around the world. Over last two decades he published over 200 research publications in various international journals and conference proceedings, edited number of conference proceedings and special issues of international journals and attracted significant amount research funding from government and industry agencies.