A Griffith University researcher will receive the prestigious Hind Rattan Award in his native India on Saturday.

The NRI Welfare Society of India has selected Dr Rakesh Gupta to be among the 30 recipients of the Jewel of India Award for 2014, acknowledging his outstanding services and achievements in keeping the Indian flag high since he moved to Australia in 2000.

Dr Gupta will be presented with the Hind Rattan Award in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day on January 25.

Dr Gupta is a senior lecturer at Griffith Business School where he teaches in finance and financial planning, and a leading researcher at the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

“I am very thankful to Griffith University for the support and the excellent resources available here,” he said.

“This has allowed me to continue my research as a scholar and gain recognition not only in Australia but in India as well. This recognition in India is significant for me, being from Indian heritage, and helps in maintaining my emotional and cultural ties with India.”

The Hind Rattan is presented annually to people of Indian origin who have been successful since emigrating overseas.

Dr Gupta completed a Master of Commerce in accounting and finance and subsequently a doctorate in emerging markets investments since moving to Australia 13 years ago. He had previously completed an MBA in finance and a degree in science.

He has extensive experience working in the finance and financial planning industry in different roles in India and Australia.

His research is regularly cited in academic journals and professional publications including class action litigation against Satyam Computer Services Ltd during 2008. One of his recent papers in the area of managed funds research has been awarded highly commended paper for the year 2012.

His research in the area of emerging markets is also well regarded. He has presented his findings at world-renowned conferences and been invited for presenting seminars frequently.

The NRI Welfare Society of India is a non-profit association that aims to strengthen emotionalbonds between non-resident Indians and their homeland.

The Hind Rattan Award encourages non-resident recipients to stay engaged with India and contribute to its progress and development, helping to build a strong and competitive economy.

The NRI Welfare Society of India provides a platform for NRIs all over the world to stay actively connected. The Society is registered with the Government of India, which set up a new ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.