ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Ashok K. Malhotra of the Philosophy Department at the SUNY College at Oneonta has been named the recipient of a 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawaii Alumni Association.
The award recognizes outstanding University of Hawaii alumni who have used their education to excel professionally, provide inspirational leadership to others, and provide service for the benefit of the community. Highlighted among Dr. Malhotra’s accomplishments were his efforts in establishing and sustaining five Indo-International Schools that educate more than 1,050 impoverished children in the remote villages of India.
In 1979, Dr. Malhotra established the SUNY Oneonta study-abroad program in India. Since then, he has led 17 groups with more than 200 students, faculty, and community members on humanitarian missions to India that included feeding the poor, working with Mother Teresa, assisting in medical clinics, and building the Indo-International Schools.
Much of the funding for the five schools comes from Dr. Malhotra’s Ninash Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1996 in honor of his late wife, Nina, to promote literacy among children and adults throughout the world.
The recipient of multiple awards recognizing his service, Ashok Malhotra has been a member of the SUNY Oneonta faculty since 1967. He was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 and promoted to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2001.
Dr. Malhotra is the author of 12 books and many other publications. He has endowed four annual “Seva” awards for compassionate service to recognize the efforts of students and faculty at SUNY Oneonta and the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Malhotra, who earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1969, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award on May 11.