Academic Receives Honour from India

Academic Receives Honour from India


A leading academic from the School of the Built Environment has been honoured with a prestigious award from India.


Mohammed Arif, Professor of Sustainability and Process Management, was awarded the Hind Rattan Award, for his ‘outstanding services, achievements and contributions for keeping the Flag of India high’. The Hind Rattan, translated from Hindi as Jewel of India, is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to non-Resident Indians (NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India, an organisation under the umbrella of the Government of India. The award is granted at the Society's annual congress in New Dehli, held in conjunction with national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations on the eve of Indian Republic Day on 25 January.

Professor Arif, who is also the International Director of the College of Science and Technology, has been conducting research  in the areas of sustainability, low cost housing, and research initiatives with a range of Indian universities and the Indian Green Building Council. His current areas of research are green construction and offsite construction. He has been carrying out research work in India for the past ten years, which has received particular praise from the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), where his project on low cost housing was rated as one of the top 10 projects conducted under this initiative. In addition, Prof Arif has initiated links and exchange programmes with both academia and industry from India. He continues to work on projects related to India.

Professor Arif said: “It’s a great privilege to receive this award and an honour to be recognised by my motherland for the work I have done. India does and will stay close to my heart in whatever I do. This award will energize me to further enhance my efforts and contribute to the prosperity of India. It will also motivate me to work on initiatives that contribute towards bringing India and UK closer together, leading to benefits for both the countries”