An Indian-American philanthropist, Mr. Ramesh Shah was recently felicitated by the Indian Consulate in Houston, USA for his contribution towards the community and starting a mission that provides education to millions in tribal India. He was acknowledged for his over 40 years of contribution in spreading awareness about the welfare of the most neglected Indian community.
He was also awarded the ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman’ (PBS) in the recently concluded Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas, held in Bangalore. Shah shared his honour with the Indian-American community and said they have supported him in all his endeavours.
Mr. Ramesh has travelled extensively across India, Europe and the US creating awareness about the remote parts of India, including the tribal belts. With an aim to provide education in tribal areas in India, the NRI philanthropist also founded the ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’ chain, dedicated to those who have petite access to education. He is presently the global coordinator of the school chain and travels worldwide to advocate the ‘Ekal mission’.
A native of Gabat village in Gujarat, Mr. Ramesh moved to the US in 1970 and established the Gujarati Samaj of Houston in 1978. Interestingly, Shah was also a part of the team that organised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grand Madison Square Garden reception in September 2014. He worked to bring the community together, raised money and recruited volunteers for the event. Shah strongly believes and says, “What we have seen of India’s situation in the last 40 years, and what Modi has been able to do for Gujarat in the last 12 years is phenomenal”.