Dr. Kamal D. Verma, professor emeritus of English, scholar in residence, and advisor to the president on India outreach, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, was the recipient of the 2012 South Asian Literary Association Distinguished Achievement Award. He honored at the 2012 Annual Conference held January 4 and 5 in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Verma serves as editor of the South Asian Review, which is published annually by the South Asian Literary Association an allied organization of the Modern Language Association of America that has been housed at Pitt-Johnstown since 2000.
The South Asian Literary Association Executive Committee recognized Dr. Verma’s contribution to South Asian literary and cultural studies in India and the United States stating, “We are inspired and impressed by the intellectual energy you use to add to your already substantial body of publications that span over four decades. You have, through your critical achievement, rendered South Asian studies a fertile field of inquiry, even as you have added a furrow to the global field of postcolonial studies.” Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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