The inaugural gala will be addressed among others by Hardeep Singh Puri, Secretary General of the Independent Commission on Multiculturalism, Bob Oliver, President and Chief Operating Officer, Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals and Dnyneshwar Mulay, Consul General of India in New York. "It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin working not only in India, but also, in most of the countries around the world," Ms Jain said. "Their contributions to the world of healthcare is enormous. It's in this context, AAPI's new initiative becomes very timely and unique," she said. The SARF awards are for individuals who distinguish themselves and are at the cutting edge of their field, rising up above thousands of others, Ms Jain said. In his inaugural address, Mr Mulay metaphorically described the Indian American community as a "fertile ground," where AAPI has grown to be a "Banyan tree," and SARF is a "beautiful flower."