Aarp purpose

Philanthropist Ashok Malhotra. (screen grab of YouTube/TEDx Talks)

The Indian American founder and president of the Oneonta, N.Y.-based Ninash Foundation, Ashok Malhotra, was recently chosen as a 2017 "Purpose Prize" Fellow by the American Association of Retired Persons.

A total of 10 individuals were chosen as Fellows from across the country.

Malhotra, according to his bio listed in the Fellow award page, believes that illiteracy among female and minority children is at the root of issues such as overpopulation, poverty, poor health and racial and religious conflicts in India.

Malhotra is Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

The Ninash Foundation, founded in memory of Ashok’s wife Nina, whose life was tragically cut short by cancer, promotes literacy not only in India but also around the world. For the past 21 years, with the assistance of more than 300 U.S. college students and two dozen faculty members, along with members of the community, they have built seven schools for 1,700 underprivileged children in remote villages in India.

The AARP Purpose Prize award recognizes the work of individuals who are using their life experience to make a better future for all.

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