Harish Parvathaneni and his wife, Nandita
Harish Parvathaneni and his wife, Nandita

HOUSTON (Diya TV) — More than 20 major Indian-American business organizations have praised the work of outgoing Indian Consul General Harish Parvathaneni, who has been assigned to report as the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam in April. He has been serving as the consul general in Houston since 2012, and has been celebrated for his immense contributions towards improving consular and trade services.

As a thank you, 22 Indo-American organizations organized a community-wide farewell dinner in honor of Parvathaneni. Jagdip Ahluwalia, executive director of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston was on hand to inaugurate the ceremonies. He was particularly thankful for the consul general’s efforts to improve trade relations between Houston and India — Parvathaneni has encouraged Houstonians to practice Suryanamaskars to promoting Indian art and culture in Houston.

“It is a testament to the popularity of the Consul General and a reflection of the outstanding consular services he and his consulate are providing for our community. Harish has set a high benchmark,” Ahluwalia said.

Though Parvathaneni was thankful and appreciative for the sentiments and support, he told the group he was simply doing his job. “[It is] our duty, our dharma to do what we have been sent to do.”

According to the consul general’s website, Parvathaneni previously served in India Mission in Cairo and Riyadh and headed the post as India Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He was on Secondment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as the Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza.

He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University College of Engineering.