Indian American professor, Dr Saleha Khumawala, has been chosen as a “Piper Professor” by a Texas-based non-profit organization, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. The special honour of ‘Piper Professor’ is given for superior teaching at the college-level in Texas.

On May 10, the University of Houston announced that Dr Khumawala has been chosen for the honour. She is the 12th faculty member of the university to get the honour.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation supports charitable, scientific and educational undertakings. Every year, the organization selects 10 people from the state and honours them.

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“This is a tremendous recognition that illustrates the amount of teaching and various opportunities that I have been afforded throughout my career,” Khumawala said in a statement

In her statement, she dedicated the award to her family and students. She stated that it was their support which made it possible for her. The professor said, “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.”

Dr Khumawala grew up in India during the 1950s. Her father was a tradesman and her mother worked as a tailor. Her parents had to suffer a lot because of lack of education and that is when her interest in education ignited.

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In her university report, she mentioned, “Their lack of education was the main reason that I and my siblings’ education was paramount in our family. For nearly five decades, teaching has been my calling.”

Dr Khumawala is the founding director of the Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship Program. She also leads the Study Abroad India Programme organized by the university. It is a 17-day trip to different cities in India.

Picture Credit: University of Houston

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