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Indian American professor selected as 'Piper Professor'

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Indian American has been chosen as a Piper by a Texas-based non-profit organisation for superior teaching at the college level.

Khumawala, Robert Grinaker of Accounting at the at the (UH), is the 12th faculty member of the varsity to get the honour.

The honour is given only in to those who provide superior teaching at the college level the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, which was founded in 1950.

In its 60th year, the Texas-based non-profit organisation supports charitable, scientific and educational undertakings. Every year it selects 10 people from the state and honour them.

"This is a tremendous recognition that illustrates the amount of teaching and various opportunities that I have been afforded throughout my career. I could not have done this without the support I have received from my family, particularly my husband, my colleagues and my students. I am truly indebted to each and every one of them," Khumawala said in a statement.

While she grew up in during the 1950s, Khumawala interest in came from the lack of her parents received.

"Their lack of was the main reason that I and my siblings' education was paramount in our family. For nearly five decades, teaching has been my calling," she said.

"Through all this, my proudest accomplishments are my students - those who overcame odds and were the first in their family to graduate from college, those who sat on a plane for the first time to go to India, and those who have now gone on to found businesses or become leaders of Big 4 accounting firms," she added.

Khumawala is also the of the Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship (SURE) Programme. She leads the Study Abroad Programme, which is a 17-day trip to various cities in that includes visits with officials and government, corporate and educational institutions.

"The work done by Professor Khumawala is truly awe-inspiring. Her achievements embody the ideal faculty member at the - an individual dedicated to research, teaching and service," UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, said.

"It is through the achievements and efforts of individuals like Dr Khumawala that UH continues to move the needle as a Tier One institution.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 14:00 IST