Siddhartha Mukherjee and Raj Chetty honoured as ‘2020 Great Immigrants’

2011 Pulitzer Prize winner Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee and Harvard University Economics Professor Raj Chetty were listed among the 38 immigrants to be honoured as the ‘2020 Great Immigrants’ by the Carnegie Corporation.

Every year since 2006, ahead of the Independence Day of the United States on 4th July, Carnegie Corporations of New York honors the legacy of its founder Andrew Carnegie- who being an immigrant from Scotland to the United States rose from poverty to become a leading industrialist and further went on to established a philanthropic fund to support education programs across the United States. The awards are also to remind how immigrants have contributed to the greatness of the United States.

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Recipient of Padma Shri award in 2014, Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee has served at New York-Presbyterian Hospital as a physician and as the Associate Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University.

The noted biologist, oncologist and the author was awarded Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his book: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

He was chosen as the recipient of the award for being a science communicator at the time of the pandemic by making people educate about the virus, the importance of social distancing, and wearing masks through his essays, social media accounts, media interviews etc.

Raj Chetty

He was chosen as the recipient for the award for his efforts in launching a real-time economic impact monitor of COVID-19.

Indra Mani Pandey appointed India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva

To the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, the 1990 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Indra Mani Pandey was appointed as the next Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India. In the Ministry of External Affairs, Indra Mani Pandey is currently serving as the Additional Secretary.

Indra Mani Pandey will succeed 1983 batch Indian Foreign Services Officer Rajiv Kumar Chander. Rajiv Kumar Chander was appointed as to the post on 30th May 2017.

In a nearly three-decade career, Indra Mani Pandey has also served as the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affair’s Disarmament and International Security Affairs division and has been a part of Indian missions in Kabul (Afghanistan), Cairo (Egypt), Damascus (Syria), Muscat (Oman) and Islamabad (Pakistan).

Ambassador and Permanent Representative at New York

Indra Mani Pandey is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations at Geneva, while at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, India’s  Ambassador and Permanent Representative at New York is T.S. Tirumurti.

T.S. Tirumurti was appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India at the United Nations in New York on 29th April 2020. T.S. Tirumurti replaced Syed Akbaruddin.