HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Indian-American philanthropist Ramesh Shah has been recognized by the Indian Consulate for his contributions in starting a mission that provides education to millions in tribal areas of his home country.

Shah, a native of Gujarat, was awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in Bangalore last month for dedicating more than four decades of his life spreading awareness about the country around the world and working for the welfare of the Indian community since he moved to the U.S. in 1970. He established the Gujarati Samaj of Houston in 1978.

Additionally, Shah was part of the group that organized Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 2014 visit to Madison Square Garden in New York City. He worked to bring the community together, raised money and recruited volunteers for the event.

Shah has traveled the world and across India promoting education. He founded the ‘Ekal Vidyalaya’ chain for those who have little access to education. He is now the global coordinator of the school chain and travels worldwide to advocate the ‘Ekal mission.’

Consul General Anupam Ray said Shah has “personified the Indian ideal of service.”

Shah shared his honor with the Indian-American community and said they have supported him in all his endeavors. He’s been greatly inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s writings and asked for the people’s blessings to continue working till his last breath.