Seven members of the India American Cultural Association Inc. (IACA) were presented with recognition awards Jan. 23 for their achievements as entrepreneurs, researchers and community leaders during the non-profit organization’s 16th annual banquet.  The event was held at the Spirit of Atlanta Hotel downtown and drew more than 270 people.

Deepak Raghavan, co-founder and chief technical officer of Manhattan Associates Inc., received the “entrepreneurial leadership” award. Manhattan Associates is a leading provider of supply chain executive systems. Last week the company announced revenues of $62.1 million for 1998.

Tummala Rao, Pettit Chair Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the NSF Packaging Center, which develops low cost electronic packaging systems, was named “educator of the year.”  Dr. Rao recently received the “Distinguished Faculty Award,” the highest faculty award given at Georgia Tech.

Narsi Narasimhan, vice president of simulation and optimization at IndUSA, a management consulting firm, received the “service to the community” award.

Dr. Narasimhan is a member of the board of directors of Atlanta-based BOSS (Business Oriented Software Solutions Inc.) and ISBDI (International Software Business Development),  and the Chennai, India-based ACL Chemical Ltd.  He also is on the board of advisors of Vyapin (India) Pvt. Ltd., an Indian software developer.

Josephine Tan, coordinator, corporate relations, Georgia Power Co., received the “community service” award and Georgia Power was recognized for its efforts to promote Indo-American friendship and cooperation

Anil Joshi, president of IACA in 1998, Raj Razdan, chairperson of IACA’s board of directors, and Vir Nanda, who has held numerous positions at IACA including secretary, president and chairman of the board, received “service to IACA” awards.

The awards were presented by Kiran Beli, the former inspector of prisons in New Delhi, who said during her formal comments that she thought Atlanta should have a radio program devoted to news from India.

The IACA is located on Cooper Lake Road in Smyrna.  To find out more about the association, call (770) 436-3719.