DALLAS (Diya TV) — The U.S. India Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual awards banquet at Dallas’ Western Galleria, where chairman-elect Suhas Naik delivered a public address, and chamber president Neel Gonuguntla discussed about the strategic importance of U.S.- India relations, which served as the theme of the evening.

Dr. Anupam Ray, consul general of India in Houston, credited the U.S. for helping the Indian community succeed in the country, strengthening ties between the two nations.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal received an award for outstanding leadership in public service; Dr. Diane McNulty, dean of external affairs at the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, for outstanding leadership in education;  and brothers Dilip and Narendra Pranav for outstanding industry leadership for their work in the hospitality industry.

Biswal oversees U.S. foreign policy and relations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, according to the State Department’s website.

The website reads:

Biswal’s career in the executive and legislative branches and in non-governmental organizations has focused on the link between human security and national security. Specifically, she prioritizes ensuring that our diplomatic and development efforts in the region are sustainable through a focus on people, and not just governments. Previously, Ms. Biswal served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 nations. In the House of Representatives, Biswal served as the majority clerk for the House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee (HACFO) and as professional staff in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), where she was responsible for South Asia. In addition to her government service, Ms. Biswal led public policy at InterAction and worked at the American Red Cross as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

Prabhu Patil was honored with the Entrepreneur of the Year award for his efforts in advancing Prolim Global Corporation, a technology company, with offices in India and the U.S.