Many of our members have achieved significant recognition by Governments. They are listed here. Also listed are awardees of NRISA in recognition of their voluntary services to our organisation.



All of us who have attended NRISA functions or picnics would be knowing Guruswamiji. He has been capturing all our memorable moments in NRISA with his camera. This year, he has been awarded the Human Rights In Action Award for advancing and defending human rights in Australia by the Centre of Melbourne Multifaith And Other Network (COMMON). This is one of the numerous awards that Guruswamji has received over the years.Guruswamiji started his foray into photography with a Kodak Brownie camera in 1954 and has not looked back since then. He joined the Indian Army Postal Service and took photographs at all their official functions. After retiring from service in 1972, he became a member of Delhi Journalist Association. He worked for the state Governments of Tamilnadu and Kerala. This gave him the opportunity to photograph Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers and various celebrities. Dignitaries he has photographed include Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates and late President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalan. He also worked at Consulate General of India in Melbourne. Guruswamiji is also a philatelist and his stamp collection has also won him awards at exhibitions. He has a collection of over 50,000 stamps. To him each stamp narrates a story of the nation’s culture and history. Congratulations to Mr. Guruswamy Perumal for his achievements. NRISA community is proud to have him as our committee member. His contribution at every NRISA event in creating memories through his photography is invaluable.



Santosh Kumarji has received ‘Amity Academic Excellence Award’ at the International Conference on Contemporary Engineering, Technology and Business Management 2023 at Monash University. Congratulations Santoshji.



On 26 October 2023, our member Parminder Jabbal won 2 awards from the Monash Council. One for VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR and the other for POSITIVE AGEING LEADERSHIP. Congratulations Parminderji!


NRISA Awards

Shri Kawal Lal Bhagat of NRISA was given an award by the Northern Federation of Ethnic Seniors Citizens Clubs Inc. for outstanding contributions to Seniors by teaching them Yoga for over a decade.
The award was presented by:
​Mr Gerard Mansour (Commissioner for Seniors) 
Mr Bernie Nott (CEO Spectrum)
on 24 March 2022.

FIAV gives Community Service Award On 24 August 2019
​Dr. Santosh Kumar, founding member and Past President of NRISA 

Victoria’s-Multicultural-Awards-for-Excellence-2018 was given to Dr. Nalin Sharda
For his leadership and continued involvement in numerous community groups and creative initiatives, which have helped to preserve and share Indian culture and culturally and linguistically diverse literature, as well as helping seniors overcome isolation. 

Presented by Ms Helen Kapalos, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission 
In the presence of:
The Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and
The Hon Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs

NRISA member Dr. G. Venkatesan has published the following book:
Integrated Statistical and Automatic Process Control
Author(s): G. Venkatesan
ISBN:    978-81-8487-349-8 
Publication Year:   2014 
This text book on INTEGRATED STATISTICAL AND AUTOMATIC PROCESS CONTROL covers mathematical process and stochastic modeling, algorithm development, simulation principles, analysis of simulation results to develop process regulation schemes for cost effective and efficient process control and statistical control procedures for producing quality products. 

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NRISA member Dr. Subhash Sharma‘s son Dr. Vyom Sharma is not only a GP doctor, but also a magician extraordinaire. His show with two fellow magicians was covered by Ch9’s Today program on 2 April 2014.     This is what the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2014 says about it: 
Gentlemen of Deceit
After rave reviews at last year’s Festival, three of Melbourne’s top magicians are back with their most unbelievable show yet.With no fancy boxes or glitter explosions, Vyom, Alex and Luke have nothing to hide behind except their extraordinary skills in sleight-of-hand and deception. Using their signature blend of classy magic and disarming humour, these gentlemen of deceit will have you giggling while they mess with your mind.This intriguing and quirky show is guaranteed to bring a touch of astonishment to your Comedy Festival experience.“Magical mastery. ★★★★” INDAILY. “A fresh approach to magic. ★★★★” Herald Sun.“You’ll laugh and gasp at the same time. ★★★★½” Adelaide Theatre Guide.“Mind-blowingly awesome.”  AussieTheatre.“Hilarious and awe-inspiring!” Buzzcuts.”How did they do that? ★★★★”. Herald Sun