CTR Director Chandra Bhat Receives the 2015 Hind Rattan Award
CTR Director Chandra Bhat was selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Hind Rattan, an award given by Government of India in conjunction with a non-profit welfare society for PIOs (People of Indian Origin) residing outside India. The Hind Rattan (a Hindi phrase, which translates to English as “Jewel of India”) is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to individuals of Indian origin. About 25–30 recipients worldwide are selected for the honor each year from the over 25 million individuals of Indian descent residing outside India. Bhat received the award in New Delhi on the eve of the 66th Republic Day of India on January 26, 2015, amidst high-level members of the Indian government and the Indian Supreme Court, international ambassadors, and scientists and scholars from India. The award recognizes Bhat’s “outstanding services and scholarly achievements in the transportation and econometrics fields.”
The Hind Rattan award is the latest in a lengthy series of distinctions Bhat has received, including the 2013 Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the travel modeling, complex multi-dimensional dependency modeling, and econometric analysis fields.