London: Benni Joseph Mavelil, a UK-based philanthropist has been chosen for the V K Krishna Menon award in recognition of his outstanding professional and altruistic achievements, contributions and services to the community and wider multicultural society.

Mavelil, President of the UK Knanaya Catholic Community, will receive the award at a function here hosted by the V K Krishna Menon Institute later this year, Dr Cyriac Maprayil, Executive Director of the institute said in a statement. "What impressed us most was Benni Joseph's practical approach to problems thrown up by the social imbalances of the society we live in and the most favourable reactions of the people he has served and continues to serve with such selfless devotion," Maprayil said.

"It was in keeping with his conviction that actions must always be louder than words that he decided to initiate the setting up of a community centre in Birmingham - Knanaya Bhavan - donating a substantial sum of money towards it," Maprayil said.

"The institute feels that what Mavelil did was a magnificent and noble act," he added.

Mavelil is originally from Kerala and has been living and working in the UK for over a decade.

The V K Krishna Menon award is given to outstanding Indian patriots who have served in the Diaspora and also distinguished themselves in various fields including science, literature, business, politics, diplomacy and philanthropy.