About the FSPAA

The Friends of Sardar Patel Award Association (FSPAA) was organized in 1999,  in conjunction with the creation of the Sardar Patel Award at UCLA. The endowment was established by a core group of individuals who, along with the UCLA history department, created and funded the endowment. The endowment was funded with the initial amount of $250,000, with the understanding that it would be able to generate an annual income to confer an award of $10,000.

On October 31st, 1999, the 124th birthday of Sardar Patel, an event was held to celebrate the inception of the Sardar Patel Award. It was celebrated with the showing of the movie "Sardar" followed by a banquet. The first fundraising event at Gaylord Restaurant was held on May 2nd, with Mr. Uka Solanki as the guest of Honor. During that event there were moving speeches given by many members of the FSPAA. As a result of Mr. Solanki's generous contribution, the attendees enthusiasm was triggered and over $100,000 was pledged. Thanks to the several fund raising events arranged by various committee members and individual efforts of many, the target of $250,000 was almost reached.

As a result of an Idea and determination from committee members, the FSPAA has created an endowment which will continue for generations to come.


Dr. Akhil Gupta, Chair, IDP South Asian Studies; Director, Center for India and South Asia; Professor, Anthropology, UCLA


Harkisan Vasa


Dr. Vandana SarDesai: VP, Secretary
Shyamal Leonard: VP , Public Relations
Manish Mehta: VP, Strategic Planning

Senior advisor Strategic Planning:

Dr. Vikram Kamdar

CFO and Treasurer:

Arvind Patel

Board Members:

Mr.Navin Doshi, , Bhupen Randeria, Dr.Damodar SarDesai, , Dr.Vikram Kamdar, Mr.Sumant Patel, Mr.Uka Solanki, Mr.Jitendra Mehta, , Mr.Dinker Shah, Mr.Harkishan Vasa

Charter Members:

Navin and Pratima Doshi Lalchand and Nalini Gaglani
Vikram and Anjana Kamdar Anil and Geeta Mehta
Jitendra and Meena Mehta Uday and Shobhana Patankar
Gordhan and Saroj Patel Kumar and Shela Patel
Naresh and Rama Patel Sumant and Chandrika Patel
Bhupen and Surbala Randeria Damodar and Bhanu Sardesai
Dinker and Aruna Shah Virendra and Urvashi Shah
Uka and Nalini Solanki Harkishan and Kusum Vasa


Navin Doshi
Lalchand Gaglani
Dr. Kumar Patel
Naresh Patel
Sumant Patel
Dr. D.R. SarDesai
Dinker Shah
Uka Solanki

FSPAA Contact:

Harkisan Vasa
714-771-7860, hvasa@yahoo.com