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University of Houston renames engineering building after Indian-American couple

HOUSTON: A building on the University of Houston has been renamed after an Indian-American couple in popularity of their contribution to help analysis tasks, faculty and students on the varsity.

The college, a public analysis college founded in 1927, renamed its Engineering Research Building after Durga D Agrawal and Sushila, long-time Houstonians, on April 26, college officials mentioned.

Indian-American chancellor and president of the college Renu Khator, Consul General of India Anupam Ray, contributors of the Indian neighborhood, scholars and faculty have been provide on the building dedication rite.

The $51-million building, which opened in 2017, had previous named a floor after the couple.

The Durga D and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building has been named to recognise a transformational present that the Agrawals have made, a college unlock mentioned.

Agrawal, 74, who is from a nondescript village in Madhya Pradesh's Lakhanpur, expressed his admiration and appreciate for his professors on the college, who "put their heart and soul" into instructing scholars including some like him who had hassle understanding the language and the American accent.

Having immigrated to Houston in 1968, after his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Agrawal earned two complex levels in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston's (UH) Cullen College of Engineering.

He is a member of the UH machine board of regents and serves as chair on the UH's endowment control committee.

He additionally served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for 4 years.

Durga started his piping technology and products company in 1975. Today, the corporate is a leading participant in its class and employs over a 1,000 folks.

"My life's philosophy is to always be optimistic. One can achieve any goal with hard work, persistence and determination," he mentioned.

Family bonds are important to the Agrawals.

"My parents played a major role in teaching me the values of giving and being kind. The UH has a very special place in my heart. We must keep the torch of knowledge, excellence and innovation growing and glowing," he mentioned.

At the dedication rite, president of the college Khatos mentioned,"We named the new engineering building after Durga D and Sushila Agrawal, our alum and regent, to celebrate their generosity and their gift will inspire our students and alumni for many generations."

The building on campus bears no resemblance to the one Durga studied in but has been rebuilt on the identical piece of land.

Agrawal used to be the primary primary donor and founding president of India House, a neighborhood centre that provides unfastened products and services and neighborhood programs.

Being the founder and first president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Agarwal has been a part of many delegations to promote industry and trade of instructional and scientific resources between Houston and India.

He used to be as soon as introduced via former President George Bush as "my good friend from Texas" at a state dinner for India's then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Capitol Hill.

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