Three people of Indian-origin (PIOs) have been conferred with Australia’s highest civilian honor, the “Order of Australia” for their remarkable contribution in the field of engineering, medicine and physics. Dr. Purushottam Sawrikar, prominent medical practitioner based in Sydney, Prof. Khangure, a radiologist based in Perth, and Prof. Vijay Kumar, a nuclear medicine specialist, received the Order of Australia medal for the year 2017 announced on the Australia Day – 26th January.
Dr. Purushottam Sawrikar was presented with the award for his contribution towards the medical fraternity as well as the Indian community. Dr. Sawrikar was a former President of Australian Indian Medical Graduates Association and also founded a community radio called Akashwani Sydney.
Makhan Singh Khangure from Perth was given the award for his for significant service to medicine in the field of neuroradiology, to education, and to a range of professional medical associations. He’s famous for developing interventional neuro-radiology, a way of treating brain hemorrhage without surgery.
Prof. Vijay Kumar, a nuclear medicine specialist and a researcher, was given the award for his significant service to medical research in the disciplines of nuclear medicine and biology, to professional organisations, and to the community. He is also the founding member of the Sydney Tamil Sangam Association. He was also awarded Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Award in 2007 and 2014.
A Darwain-based Tejinder Pal Singh was also among the list of finalists in the Australian of the Year Local Hero category awards, for his efforts in improving the community.
The Indian-origin awardees are among a list of over 950 Australians nominated in several categories