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July 15, 2018

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Issue: XVI-6 July 15, 2018
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GOPIO APPOINTS ITS COUNCIL CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS FOR THE TERM 2018-2019
KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP) FOR PIO YOUTH WHO HAVE VISITED INDIA BEFORE
YOGA DAY CELEBRATED BY GOPIO CHAPGTERS AROUND THE WORL
GOPIO NEWS SPONSOR
GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS
NRIs/PIOs ACHIEVE
NRIs AND PIOs NEWS FEATURES
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs and PIOs
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
EDITORIAL BOARD
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GOPIO APPOINTS ITS COUNCIL CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS FOR THE TERM 2018-2019
 
GOPIO APPOINTS ITS COUNCIL CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS
 
GOPIO, Global Organization of People of Indian Origin is a community supported non-profit organization that takes up issues of the Indian Diaspora and attempts to unify the community in its common causes by mobilizing the community under its Councils. GOPIO Executive Vice President Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu, who is in charge of the Councils, has announced GOPIO Council Chairs and Co-Chairs for the term ending December 2019 after they were appointed.
 
 
GOPIO COUNCIL CHAIRS AND CO-CHAIRS 2018-2019
 
COUNCIL
NAME
COUNTRY
 
ACADEMIC COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
DR NEERJA GUPTA
INDIA
 
CULTURAL COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
RAJINDRE TEWARI
HOLLAND
 
Co- Chairperson
DR VINOD DANIEL
AUSTRALIA
 
HEALTH & WELLNESS COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
DR TUSHAR PATEL
USA
 
Co- Chairperson
DR SAI GIRDHAR
BAHRAIN
 
Co- Chairperson
DR. PRADIP KUMAR SEWOKE
FRANCE
 
Co- Chairperson
APARNA HANDE
USA
 
Co- Chairperson
RANI KUUSTO
USA
 
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
UMESH CHANDRA
AUSTRALIA
 
Co- Chairperson
MICHELLE MICHAEL
SOUTH AFRICA
 
MEDIA COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
NAMI KAUR
USA
 
Co - Chairperson
MARLAN PADAYACHEE
SOUTH AFRICA
 
Co - Chairperson
MINI GULERIA
USA
 
Co- Chairperson
JEAN REGIS RAMASAMY
REUNION ISLAND
 
Co- Chairperson
BALVINDER RUBY
AUSTRALIA
 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
DR. PRASAD YARLAGGADA
AUSTRALIA
 
Co - Chairperson
SURESH REDDY
USA
 
SENIOR'S COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
SUDHA ACHARYA
USA
 
Chairperson
DR. INDRANI RAMPERSAD
TRINIDAD AND TOBSGO
 
Chairperson
SUMAN KAPOOR
NEW ZEALAND
 
WOMEN'S COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
MOLLY BANERJEI
CANADA
 
Co - Chairperson
KRITILATA RAM
MAURITUIS
 
YOUTH COUNCIL
 
 
 
Chairperson
NISHA DHINGRA
PARIS
 
Co - Chairperson
SHWETHA SUREDIN
SOUTH AFRICA
 
Co - Chairperson
HEMEL DHAVALIKAR
USA
 
Co - Chairperson
LEENA DOOLLEE
FRANCE
 


GOPIO Council officers for the tern 2018-2019
Photo above: GOPIO Council officers; First Row, from l. to r.: Mr Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu (GOPIO Executive Vice President), Prof. Neerja Arun Gupta; Rajindre Tewari, Rani Dr. Vinod Daniel, Dr. Tushar Patel, Dr. Sai Girdhar, Dr. Pradip Kumar Sewoke; Second Row, from l. to r.: Aparna Hande, Rani Kuusto, Umesh Chandra, Michelle Michael, Nami Kaur, Marlan Padayachee, Mini Guleria; Third Row, from l. to r.: Jean Ramsamy, Balvinder Ruby, Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda, Suresh Reddy, Sudha Acharya, Dr. Indrani Rampersad, Suman Kapoor; Fourth Row, from l. to r.: Molly Banerjei, Kritilata Ram, Nisha Dhingra, Shwetha Suredin, Heme; Dhavalikar and Leena Doollee
 
GOPIO plans to add more co-chairs for the various councils in each country. If interested, contact the Council Chair or GOPIO President Sunny Kulathakal at kulathakal44@gmail.com.
 
To reach out a Council Chairperson or Co-Chairperson or to volunteer in a Council, please send request to Mr. Ishwar Ramlutchman, Exec. Vice President, GOPIO International, ramlutchmanishwar@gmail.com.
KNOW INDIA PROGRAMME (KIP) FOR PIO YOUTH WHO HAVE VISITED INDIA BEFORE
 
Ministry External Affairs, Govt. of India has announced the Know India Programmes (KIPs) on Self Financing Basis as follows:
 
1. Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India has been organizing Know India Programmes (KIPs) for the Indian Diaspora youth who have never visited India before. The purpose of conducting KIP is to engage and make the students and young professionals of Indian Diaspora feel a sense of connect with their ancestral roots, to be motivated and inspired by the transformational changes taking place in India and to give them an exposure to various facets of contemporary India's forms of art, heritage and culture.
 
2. Since the current KIP allows participation of young Diaspora representing 3rd generation onwards who have never visited India before and in view of the growing popularity of KIPs, Ministry has been receiving requests from various Indian Associations for organisation of KIPs with no such conditions attached to enable more PIO Diaspora youth to be part of KIP.
 
3. In order to meet the aspirations of the Diaspora community, it has been decided to arrange a Know India Programme on Self Financing Basis on the following terms: i) The KIP will be available to PIO/OCI card holders in the age group 18-35 years irrespective of their generation and previous visits to India. ii) The Programme will be organised by the same Event Management Company (EMC) that is approved for the regular KIPs and at the same rates and conditions. The participants will have to bear the total cost of international and domestic travel, boarding and lodging, management fee of the EMC, international medical insurance, etc. iii) Air-tickets to/ from India and international medical insurance will be purchased directly by the participants. The logistic arrangements in India will be made by the EMC on payment basis and the money will be payable directly by the participants to the EMC. iv) Ministry will identify one or two state(s) to be visited by the participants, draw a structured programme schedule in coordination with the EMC and coordinate with the organisations concerned for waiver of entrance fee to various historic sites. v) Other conditions like provision of gratis visa by the Mission, orientation programme at FSI, deployment of a liaison officer with the KIP group, etc. will remain the same as for a regular KIP.
 
4. The portal www.kip.gov.in enables Indian-origin youth to apply online for KIP programmes. In the Application Form, the applicant should indicate his preference for each KIP, in the order or priority. Ministry will attempt to allot the first preference of each applicant to the extent possible.
 
5. For more details please visit www.kip.gov.in

More information are also available from the Indian missions or contact pol.newyork@mea.gov.in.

More information are also available from the Indian missions or contact pol.newyork@mea.gov.in.
yoga day celebrated by gopio chapters around the world
 
Yoga is essentially a discipline which also brings harmony in all walks of life, and thus is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders. Yoga is a 5,000-year old physical, mental and spiritual practice speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus / teachers from India later introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century.
 
Yoga Day was celebrated by several GOPIO chapter around the word. Here are reports from some of the chapters.

 
GOPIO-REUNION ORGANIZES YOGA DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH PHYSICAL AND METAL DISSABILITIES
 
On Thursday, June 21st, GOPIO-Reunion organized a day of Initiation to Yoga in a hospital for adults and children with physical and mental disabilities in the East of Reunion Island. During the three hours, the teacher presented the audience with some ideas. This is the second year that GOPIO Reunion island offers yoga day in the island.

Yoga Day 2018 by GOPIO-Reunion Island  
Photo left: Gopio members and yoga teacher at the Yoga Day. From l. to r. Ketty Carpaille, Yoga Teacher Yogesh Bonne, Christian Kichenapanaidou, and GOPIO-Reunion President Jean-Régis Ramsamy; photo right: Yoga teacher having dialogue attendees with disabilities
 
Contact : Jean-Régis, President, GOPIO- , jean.regis.ramsamy@wanadoo.fr
 
 
GOPIO-DURBAN JOINS HANDS WITH INDIAN CONSULATE AND SIVANANDA PEACE MISSION TO CELEBRATE YOGA DAY
 
International Yoga Day celebrated in Durban in Association with Consulate General of India Durban and Sivananda Peace Foundation. On June 17th morning from 8.30 to 10.30 a.m., at the Durban Amphitheatre (opp. Elangeni Hotel, North Beach). Durban, South Africa.

Participants at the Yoga Day 2018 in Durban  
Photo: Participants at the 
 
The objective of celebrating the International Day of Yoga is to create awareness about yoga and how it benefits everyone in better understanding the significance of traditional and authentic yoga techniques.
                                               
With the announcement of June 21 as Yoga Day by the UN, it is being celebrated in every country. Yoga is not just about working out, it's about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone. It is estimated that close to 200 million people around the world practice yoga (of some form or the other), a majority of them in lndia and over 20 million of them in the United States alone. With this resolution for an lnternational Yoga Day, more people are aware of the tenets of yoga and are encouraged to follow a yogic life style, a life that is healthy, humble and devout.
 
Dignitaries at Yoga Day 2018 in Durban  
Photo above: South Africa Parliament M.P. Omie Singh, Provincial Parliament M.P. Shaheen Rajabansi, Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal, Indian Consul General Dr. Shashank Vikram, GOPIO Executive VP Ishwar Ramlutchman and Indian Consul for Visa and OCI Anil Kumar Pathak.

"Let this be a great opening for the world community to realize the worth of oneness and then, there is no feud, no disagreement and no disparity; people of every creed and color will live as one - the world will become one," said Ishwar Ramlutchman, GOPIO Executive Vice President
 
Intl Yoga Day 2018 in Durban.Organizers and Dignitaries  
Photos above from left: Photo 1: Intl Yoga Day 2018 in Durban, from l. to r.: Omie Singh M.P., Veteran political and Zulu tribal leader who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party Mangosuthu Buthelezi and other GOPIO members; Photo 2: GOPIO-Durban Chapter Officers and Members at the Yoga Day, from l. to r.: GOPIO Intl. Exec. VP Ishwar Ramlutchman, GOPIO-Durban VP Keith Naidoo, Rivaaz Manisunkar, GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Africa Rita Abraham and Nishi Manisunkar; Photo 3: GOPIO Exec. VP Ishwar Ramlutchman, Princes Grapes, Consul General Dr. Shashank Vikram, and Princes Zethu Gumbi
 
Indian Consulate in Durban also organized Yoga Day at other South African cities as follows:
 
Pietermaritzburg  in association with Msunduzi Municipality & Midland Hindu Society on 17th June 2018 at 0700 hrs at Truro Hall Khan Road
 
Tongat  in association with Viswa Shakti & Verulam and Districts United Hindu Forum on 17th June 2018 at 0830-1000 hrs at Tongat Westbrook Beach
 
Durban  in association with Gujarati Hindu Sanskruti Kendra on 21st June 2018 at 1830-2000 hrs at Kendra.
 
Phoenix  in association with Phoenix Settlement Trust and Art of Living on 23rd June 2018 at 1030 - 1130 hrs at Phoenix Settlement, Inanda
 
Contact: Sivananda Peace Foundation, sivanandaworldpeace@gmail.com, +27 833578747, 031 335 0333 or email icc2@cgidbn.com, Ishwar Ramlutchman, Exec. Vice President, GOPIO International, ramlutchmanishwar@gmail.com.
 
GOPIO-WAIKATO NEW ZEALAND ORGANIZES YOGA DAY
 
GOPIO Waikato partnered with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Kirikirirao Multicultural Council to lead celebrations International Yoga Day in Hamilton, New Zealand. Over 50 people attended the Yoga Day at the Western Community Center to align with effort of the High Commission of India.
 
Yoga Day 2018 in Session  
Photo: Yoga Day 2018 Session in progress
 
"It was a great celebration of the fourth International Yoga Day in Hamilton," said, GOPIO-Waikato Founder President Suman Kapoor.
 
Yoga teachers included Sanjay Joshi, Gayatri Romila Verma and Katie. Following Yoga session, fresh fruits and yoga-bookletrs were distributed to all those who attended.
 
National M.P. Timmacindoe and Labor M.P. Jemie Strange also graced the occasion participate in yoga session.
 
oga Day in Hamilton by GOPIO-Waikato chapter  
Photo: Yoga Day in Hamilton, GOPIO-Waikato chapter officials with some participants
 
Kopoor welcomed the guests and the session ended with vote of thanks by GOPIO-Waikato President Pradeep Kapoor.
 
 
Contact: Pradeep Kapoor, President, GOPIO Waikato, kapoorinnz@yahoo.com.
GOPIO QUEENSLAND (AUSTRALIA) CHAPTER CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
   
GOPIO Queensland chapter was formed with much pomp and ceremony in 2008 and since that time it has steadily grown in stature and popularity to become a household name in Brisbane.
 
GOPIO's 10th Anniversary celebrations held on 28 April 2010 was a sold-out event, was held at Michael's Oriental in Sunnybank, Brisbane and was attended by over 210 people. The attendees included The Honourable Stirling Hinchclife, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Queensland Senator Claire Moore MP, State Members of Parliament Mr Peter Russo MP, Ms Corrin McMillan MP, Mr Duncan Pegg MP, The Right Honourable Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Mayoress, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Assistant Acting Commissioner Brian Wilkins, our patron Mr Maha Sinnathambi and his wife, Local Government Councillors, Presidents of Community Organisations, all our past presidents and members of the community.

Cake cutting the 10th Anniversary
Photo above left: Dignitaries and GOPIO-Queensland officials cutting the 10th Anniversary cake; Photo above right: Audience at the 10th Anniversary Celebration
 
In addition to the event being our 10th anniversary celebrations it was also a fundraiser for our hosting the iconic India Day Fair which is held in August each year at the Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane. Roma Street Parklands is famous worldwide for being the world's largest subtropical garden in a city centre. From the funds raised on the day contributions were made towards the much-needed assistance for the flood victims of Fiji following the tropical cyclone Keni devastations earlier this year.
 
Daces at the GOPIO Queensland Tenth Anniversary The chapter has three very active councils, the Women's Council, Business Council and Youth Council. Under these umbrellas we hold several seminars and activities throughout the year to target different interest groups. The business council has already held two hugely successful seminar in February 2018 and June 2018 and the Women's Council held one to coincide with the International women's Day and another on the International Yoga Day.
 
Organising all this is only made possible by our very committed and dedicated team who are:
Patrons: - Mrs. & Mr. Maha Sinnathambi
Team Members: - Usha Chandra - Immediate Past President (Founder member)
Vinita Khushal   - President (Founder member)
Vikas Sinha     - Vice President         
Pravinita Singh Pillay - Secretary
Ananya Kaushik - Joint secretary
Garry Dhaliwal - Treasurer
Gagandeep Singh - Assistant Treasurer
Veena Merz - Chair of Women's Council
Umesh Chandra - Chair of Business Council / Past president (Founder member)
Mayuresh Lande - Chair of Youth Council
Kavita Khullar - Public Relations Officer
 
Contact: Vinita Khushal, President, GOPIO-Queensland, Australia, info@bridgesfamilylaw.com.au

GOPIO INTERNATIONAL AND CHAPTER NEWS

GOPIO PRESIDENT KULATHAKAL VISITS MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE
 
GOPIO International travelled to Malaysia and Singapore in June 2018 to meet GOPIO officials in Malaysia and Singapore. He also called on the High Commissioner of India in Malaysia Shri Mridul Kumar and discussed upcoming GOPIO activities. Kulathakal also had a meeting with Mr. Selvarajoo Sundaram, GOPIO Chairman in Malaysia.
 
President Sunny Kulathakal visits Malaysia and Singapore  
Photos left to right: Photo 1 - Sunny and Elizabeth Kulathakal with Indian High Commissioner Mridul Kunar; Photo 2 - with GOPIO Selvarajoo Sundaram and Photo 3 - with GOPIO-Singapore officials


GOPIO-CT AND UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT ORGANIZE TALK ON INDIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY BY COLUMBIA'S PROF. ARVIND PANAGARIYA
 
GOPIO-CT and University of Connecticut School of Business organized a talk by former NITI Ayog Vice Chairman Dr. Arvind Panagariya who is Jagdish Bhagwati Chair of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. The talk was held at the UConn Stamford Campus on May 18th, 2018. Prof. Panagariya spoke on Indian Political Economy and provided an account of the historic aspects of the political economy and the current status after Shri Narendra Modi was elected as India's Prime Minister. The program was attended by GOPIO members, UConn faculty and students as well as members of World Affairs Forum.
 
UConn and GOPIO welcome  Prof. Panagariya  
Photo above - GOPIO-CT officers with Dr. Arvind Panagariya, from l. to r.: Santosh Gannu, Meera Banta, Sanjay Santhanam, Joseph Simon, Prof. Panagariya, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Viresh Sharma, Srinivas Akarappu, Sangeeta Ahuja and Prasad Chintalapudi
 
The seminar was organized by Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chair of GOPIO-CT Seminar Series along with Mr. Biru Sharma who serves as the Co-Chair in cooperation with Laurissa Berk, Associate Director, UConn MSFRM Program and Lynsi Jennings, Program Administrator UConn MSBAPM Program. A networking reception preceded the talk.


Photo above left - UConn's program coordinators Laurissa Berk and Lynsi Jennings welcoming guests for the evening seminar; Photo above right - GOPIO-CT officials with Dr. Arvind Panagariya, from l. to r.: Santosh Gannu, Meera Banta, Sanjay Santhanam, Joseph Simon, Prof. Panagariya, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Viresh Sharma, Srinivas Akarappu, Sangeeta Ahuja and Prasad Chintalapudi
 
The seminar was organized by Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chair of GOPIO-CT Seminar Series along with Mr. Biru Sharma who serves as the Co-Chair in cooperation with Laurissa Berk, Associate Director, UConn MSFRM Program and Lynsi Jennings, Program Administrator UConn MSBAPM Program. A networking reception preceded the talk.

GOPIO and University of CT organizers with Prof. Arvind Panagariya
Photo top: GOPIO and University of CT organizers with Prof. Arvind Panagariya. Front Row: Tara Sharma, Anshukl Manglani, Meera Banta, Chiraj Ghelani, Rishi Shingala, Srinivas Akarappu and Sangeeta Ahuja; Back Row: Vaidya Nathan, Santosh Gannu, Laurissa Berk . Sanjay Santhanam, Prof. Panagariya, Viresh Sharma. Dr. Thomas Abraham and Prasad Chintalapudi; Photo Bottom: Networking reception preceding the talk
 
Contact: Anita Bhat, President, GOPIO-CT, 203-524-2935, abnewyork71@gmail.com

GOPIO PIETERMARITZBURG LAUNCHED
 
With the pulsating strains of song and dance sequences, GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg was born as South Africa's newest chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO International) in Northdale, South Africa.
 
City dress designer and businesswoman in the cut, make and trim sector Yasmin Saanglae led the ''Pietermaritzburg Rocks! '' celebration at the inaugural event that saw the new chapter under her leadership as first president to mark the event at the PAFDA Hall in Deccan Road, Newholmes.
 
The chapter was launched after weeks of tireless work by Saanglae and her committee. More than 100 joined a large international and provincial delegation of GOPIO International leaders who attended the milestone event.

GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg Chapter launch
Photo: Women participants with GOPIO Intl. and chapter officials
 
After the chapter was officially unveiled as the country's fourth fellowship behind GOPIO-Durban, GOPIO-Johannesburg and GOPIO-Pretoria, several awards and certificates were handed out to local recipients involved in serving the community via the political and educational institution and humanitarian NGOs.
 
The visiting SA-based international delegation comprising of Ishwar Ramlutchman (GOPIO Executive Vice President), Rita Abraham (Intl. Coordinator for Africa coordinator) and Marlan Padayachee (Co-chairman, GOPIO Media Council), and Durban business couple and GOPIO Life Members Pratibha and Jay Naidoo, were presented with framed certificates as a recognition of their voluntary contribution to the global Diaspora movement of Indians in more than 50 countries.
 
The new president of GOPIO Durban, attorney and businesswoman, Rajesperee Naidoo, and some of her executive members, were also honoured for their work.
 
Awards were presented to local community members, ANC ward councillors Rachael Soobiah and Najma Ahmed (Municipal), also a volunteer presenter on Al-Ansaar Radio, youth activist Ra'eesaRazak, Radhi Aheer and Kanthi Naidoo (Education), Dr Jane Premjeeth (Health Care).

Recognition at the GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg Chapter launch
Photo: Recognition to community and political leaders
 
Members of the newly elected local executive council are: Yasmin Saanglae, Soraya Jasat, Bhunny Bhoola, Loshnie Naidoo, Ra'eesa Razak and Advocate Moorgan.
 
GOPIO International spokesman Marlan Padayachee said the colorful launch of the local chapter, especially in the presence of senior community members, augured well for the organization to spread its wings to the northern towns of Newcastle, Ladysmith, Escourt and Dundee, all heritage sites with a strong history of the involvement of early Indian migrants in developing farming, agriculture, mining and business since the 1860s.
 
He said a branch would be launched in Cape Town later this year and flags would hopefully fly in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique where there is a growing Indian presence.
 
''We are extremely proud of the work that went into starting a chapter in the capital city. Ahead of 160 years celebration of Indians in the country in 2020, it is vital to mobilise and galvanise the community to be unified to observe this milestone and also kick start the dialogue of contributing to a better, safer, secure and economically stronger society based on the Gandhi-Mandela principles of peace, non-racialism, non-sexism with social cohesion becoming the new rallying point of all race groups,'' Padayachee said.
 
GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg launch  
Photo: GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg launch : The international officials of GOPIO are photographed with the newly-elected executive council of the GOPIO-Pietermaritzburg chapter that was launched at the PAFTA Hall in Newholmes, Northdale. In the picture, from left, are Ishwar Ramlutchman (GOPIO Intl. Executive VP), Rajesperee Naidoo (newly-elected President of GOPIO-Durban), Soraya Jasat (Vice-president), TasmiaSaanglae (Secretary), Yasmin Saanglae (President), Ra'eesaRazak (youth leader), Tasmia Saanglae (secretary) Loshnie Naidoo (Treasurer), Suvira Hariram, Bhunny Bhoola (Second vice-president), Marlan Padayachee (GOPIO-Media Council Co-Chair and GPPIO Durban Treasurer), Rita Abraham (GOPIO Intl Coordinator for Africa) - Photo credit: MapMediaGreenGold Communications
 
GOPIO-CLEVELAND IN THE OFFING
 
GOPIO International Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham visited Cleveland to meet with Indian community leaders on May 1st to explore the possibility of opening a GOPIO chapter in Cleveland. The meeting held at Saffron Patch was organized by India International Publisher Prakash Sinha and Businessman Abraham Pannikottu..
 
In an effort to network with Indian Diaspora all over the world, GOPIO is launching chapters in all major cities of the world. Among those attending the meeting were Discover Oneness Foundation Founder and CEO Ratanjit Sondhe, American Engineering Group Founder Abraham Pannikottu, Journalist Prakash Sinha, community leader Satish Parikh and business professional Jacob John Abraham The assembled group liked the GOPIO mission of "Think Globally, Act Locally," especially to provide services to the local community and society at large, but at the same network the Indian Diaspora around the world.
 
Dr. Abraham told about many successful GOPIO chapters which have brought the Diaspora youth in their activities by organizing youth forums and meetings as well as participating in local service activities such as hosting soup kitchens and participating in walkathons to raise funds for local charities. Dr. Abraham also mentioned about the launch of GOPIO International Chamber of Commerce (GICC) as a network for all India Diaspora business people and to connect to small and medium level businesses in India. During the discussion a suggestion was mooted to open a Diaspora Business and Investment Service Center so as to help those interested to start a new business.
 
The chapter will be officially launched soon.

Planning Meeting for GOPIO-Cleveland Chapter. Launch
Photo above: Participants at the planning meeting to launch GOPIO-Cleveland Chapter. From: l. to r.: Jacob John, Abraham Pannikottu, Ratanjit S. Sondhe, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Prakash Sinha and Satish Parikh
 
Those interested to get involved in GOPIO-Cleveland and participate in the launch may contact Prakash Sinha, Tel: +1 216-246-9225, prakashsinha@yahoo.com or Abraham Pannikottu 330-858-4653, abraham@engineering-group.com.
 
GOPIO-DURBAN ELECTS NEW TEAM HEADED BY ATTORNEY RAJESPREE NAIDOO
 
GOPIO DURBAN, South Africa's pioneering first chapter, now has a new leadership following its annual general meeting at the Durban Hilton Hotel on April 24, 2018.
 
Rajespree Naidoo, city attorney and women's rights activist, was elected president, community stalwart and attorney Keith Naidoo returned to the executive committee as the newly-elected vice-president.
 
Seasoned journalist and life member Marlan Padayachee was elected treasurer. Nishie Manisunker and Ashlynne Pillay were elected as joint secretaries.
 
The AGM acknowledged the international appointments of Rita Abraham as Africa coordinator, Michelle Michael on the human rights council and Marlan Padayachee as co-chairman of the media council, and saluted Ishwar Ramlutchman's unifying role of chapters in the country.
 
Long standing patron AV Mohamed presided over the elections together with two independent Legal attorneys of Pather&Pather, Mr. Tashlin Naidoo and Mr. Nico Archary
 
The election attended by more than 40 members

Newly elected GOPIO-Durban officials
Photo above: Newly elected GOPIO-Durban officers with Election Commissioner A.V. Mohammed (standing second from left) and GOPIO Intl officers Ishwar Ramlutchman (standing left) and Rita Abraham (standing right)
 
GOPIO-FRANCE PARIS HOSTS SEMINAR ON SANSKRIT AND INDIAN PHILOSOPHY
 
Sanskrit is the oldest language known to us and has its root in India. It is referred as the mother of all languages. It is in this language that most of the religious ceremonies and rituals are practiced. The Vedas are among the world's oldest texts and they are written in Sanskrit. It is a language which is similar to the Latin or Greek of the western world, where a lot of vocabularies have enriched many new languages.
 
GOPIO France Paris Cultural Council joined hands with Geetalaya France and Maharashtra Mandal France to host Dr.Ambarish Khare of Pune (India) during his visit to Paris to make a presentation on "Sanskrit and Indian Philosophy" on Saturday 23rd June held at Jodhpur Palace Restaurant. Many thanks to Taniga Samarassame and Shashi Dharmadhikari for all the efforts and contribution made to make this seminar a great success.
 
In its objective of promoting the Indian Culture, GOPIO France will conduct more and more similar presentations.  
 
Dr. Ambarish Khare has completed his formal education in the field of Ayurveda. He holds the post graduate and doctoral degrees in Sanskrit. Subjects of his special interest include Vedic Studies, Indian Epigraphy, Religion and Southeast Asian Cultures. He is presently working as an Assistant Professor of Sanskrit at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (c/f University), Pune, India.

 GOPIO-Paris France officials with Prof. Amrish Khare
Photos - Top photo: Taniga Samarassame, Vikas Talwar (President GOPIO France Paris), Shashi Dharmadhikarii, Dr Amarish Khare and Mehen Poinoosawmy (GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Europe), Bottom photo: Attendees listening to the presentation of Dr Amarish Khare

Mr. Vikas Talwar, President of GOPIO France Paris concluded the meeting and gave the vote of thanks.
 
Follow this link for the photos of this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pRSrp50ZNY
 
Contact: Vikas Talwar, President, GOPIO France Paris, vikas@hotmail.fr.
 
GOPIO-AUCKLAND CENTRAL CHAPTER CONTRIBUTES TO BORE WELL HAND PUMPS
 
In March 2018, GOPIO-Auckland chapter members contributed towards Bore well Hand pumps Project for villages in India through the Taraltec™ Reactors in the Palghar and Aurangabad district in Maharashtra in India.
 
This pump physically kills microbes to eliminate water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea-cholera-typhoid. Once fitted the device requires no maintenance. A local filter can be installed in less than an hour with no special tools or training. The key person for this project is Mr. Anjan Mukherjee. [Email add: anjan@tarltec.com]
 
The project was executed by Taraltec Solutions Private Limited
 
Contact: Shefali Mehta, President, GOPIO-Auckland, New Zeakabnd, shefalim@pdl123.co.nz
 
GOPIO-LOS ANGELES ORGANIZES BEACH CLEANING
 
Huntington Beach, CA: GOPIO-LA Chapter in association with Park and Recreation Services of California organized a Beach Cleaning on May 20th, 2018 at Bolsa Chica Beach in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Asmath Noor, secretary of GOPIO-LA made arrangements with Beach Authorities for the cause.


Many GOPIO-LA officers and members volunteered at the beach cleaning. A California Parks and Recreation officer got all the volunteers together around 11:00 am and gave instructions what to look for to collect. She also explained the dangers that items strewn at the beach by the visitor pose to the environment. Many volunteering in this effort were surprised to hear that a plastic bottle may take more than 450 years to decompose. Plastic, she told us, is the major cause of death and suffocation of marine mammals. Cigarette butts are the other major items the beach goers throw and become major cause of pollution despite "No Smoking" on beaches.

Photo left: GOPIO-LA team getting instructions from Huntington Beach official
 
All volunteered enthusiastically, took on the responsibility, and got to work after the instructions. We were surprised to see how people knowingly or unknowingly throw things around and not care to pick them up. We found so many plastic bottles, bottle covers, cigarette butts as well as plastic wrappers. Volunteers spent about two hours picking up the trash. As a reward the beach administration provided free parking to all volunteers. Following GOPIO-LA officers and members took part; Anju Garg (President), Dr. Asmath Noor (Secretary), Kewal Kanda (Trustee), Aparna Hande (Committee Chair), Ashok Madan (Trustee), Sunil Garg, Aarti Garg, Henna Noor, Rohan Dhunna, Sagar Dhunna, Jay Dhunna, Paras Dhunna, Manju Madan, Asha Kanda, Vino Kanda, Sonali Kanda, Kaylani Kanda, Nila Parekh, and a few non-member volunteers.

GOPIO-LA Members cleaning California's Huntington Beach
GOPIO-LA Members cleaning California's Huntington Beach
 
GOPIO-LA used this occasion of beach cleaning volunteerism as fun for all by organizing a picnic on the beach after we all were done picking up the beach trash. It was a pot-luck type picnic. A plenty of sumptuous dishes were brought by members. Some members showed off their cooking skills by bringing their specialty dishes. It was a day filled with fun while doing a noble service to save marine life.
 
Contact: Anju Garg, President, GOPIO-LA, 562-818-2363, anjug@hotmail.com
NRIs AND PIOs ACHIEVE


TEN INDIAN-AMERICANS ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING
 
Out of the 83 new members and the 16 foreign members that the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected, 10 are Indian American and two are from India, according to a press release.
 
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, according to a press release.
 
The Academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
 
The new Indian American members are: Lallit Anand, Amit Goyal, Sanjay Jha, Ajay P. Malshe, Jayadev Misra, Raj Nair, Chandrakant D. Patel, Mukul M. Sharma, Chanan Singh and Bipin V. Vora.
 
The two members from India are Ashok Jhunjhunwala and Sushil K. Soonee.
 
Anand is a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
Goyal is the director of research and education in energy, environment and water institute, and 'Empire Innovation' professor at the University of Buffalo.
 
Jha is the chief executive of Globalfoundries Inc. in California.
 
Malshe is the founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer at NanoMech Inc.
 
Misra is the Schlumberger Centennial chair emeritus in computer science and a professor emeritus at the University of Texas in Austin.
 
Nair is the executive vice president and president of North America at Ford Motor Co
 
Patel is the chief engineer and senior fellow of HP Inc. based in Palo Alto, California.
 
Sharma is the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr. Centennial chair in petroleum, geosystems and chemical engineering as well as a professor at the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.
 
Singh is a regents professor and Irma Runyon chair professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University.
 
Vora is the founder and principal consultant of Vora International Process Corp. in Naperville, Illinois.
 
Jhunjhunwala is a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras.
 
Soonee is an adviser, retired chief executive officer and founder of Power System Operation Corp.
 
According to a press release, the newly elected class will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, 2018.
 
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN BUSINESSMAN RATTAN KHOSA DONATES $5 MILLION TO UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO BUSINESS SCHOOL TO HELP ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS
 
An Indian American businessman has donated a whopping USD 5 million to the University of Chicago to help aspiring entrepreneurs in their pursuit of innovation.

Rattan L Khosa, 79, gifted the amount to the varsity to launch a student entrepreneurs programme after his name at the Polsky Center.

Mr. Khosa, a Kashmiri who came to the US in 70's and secured a research fellowship from the University of Maryland, had just USD 3.75 in his pocket when he joined the varsity.

He started his company AMSYSCO in 1981 from the basement of his home. After nearly four decades, Mr. Khosa has grown it into a highly profitable venture that provides post-tensioning systems on commercial structures and occupies a 55,000 square foot facility.

"Starting a business from a scratch is like jumping off a cliff in the middle of the night while blindfolded, hoping that there is a safety net down below," Mr. Khosa said.

"I know from personal experience that everyone needs help at some point in their lives. No one has succeeded on their own," he said.

When more than 80 per cent of companies fail within the first year even those with ample funding it's clear that there is much more to a startup's success than just money, Mr. Khosa said.

"I don't simply want to provide the money for this new programme, I plan to serve as a thought leader, mentor and guide for these aspiring entrepreneurs, so that my years of experience, my struggles and my successes may serve as an additional resource to help them succeed," he said.

"Rattan's leadership, generosity, and success will serve as an inspirational example to our most promising entrepreneurial students," said Madhav Rajan, Chicago Booth Dean and George Pratt Shultz Professor of Accounting.
 
He said the "transformational commitment" will greatly support the school's mission to influence and educate current and future leaders.

"His new gift will enhance Booth's reputation as the destination for aspiring Entrepreneurs," said Starr Marcello, executive director of the Polsky Center and adjunct assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Chicago Booth.
 
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS NAMED CHURCHILL SCHOLARS IN SCIENCE, MATH AND ENGINEERING
 
At least six Indian American and South Asian American students were named Feb. 13 among the 2018-2019 Churchill Scholars by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.
 
The latest group of scholars is the foundation's largest since it announced the first three awards in 1963.
 
Among the 15 scholars were Aswini Krishnan of U.C. San Diego, Aishwarya Nene of the California Institute of Technology, Vikram Sundar of Harvard University, Anna Thomas of Stanford University, Joseph Kannarkat of the University of Pittsburgh, and Yousuf Khan of the University of Maryland.
 
Vikram Sundar of Harvard University, by way of Saratoga, Calif., was among the Indian American students named 2018-19 Churchill Scholars. He will study chemistry at the University of Cambridge as part of the scholarship program.
 
Aswini Krishnan of U.C. San Diego was among the recently-named Churchill Scholars by the Winston Churchill Foundation. She will study biological sciences.
 
Aishwarya Nene of CalTech was among the six South American students named scholars, which accounted for nearly half of the 15 students named Churchill Scholars. She will study translational biomedical research.
 
Joseph Kannarkat, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, was named a Churchill Scholar, earning the lone Kanders Scholarship award. He will study public policy.
 
Anna Thomas of Stanford University will study information engineering at the University of Cambridge, as she was chosen a Churchill Scholar for 2018-2019.
 
The scholarships were established at the request of the British statesman and Prime Minister Winston Churchill to fulfill his vision of scientific exchange between the United States and the United Kingdom. The goal of the scholarships is to advance science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure prosperity and security.
 
 
INDO-AUSTRALIAN ACTRESS GERALDINE VASWANATHAN IN THE COMEDY SHOW "BLOCKERS"
 
Indo-Australian actress Geraldine Viswanathan will be seen opposite WWE superstar John Cena in "Blockers," a new R-rated comedy about teen sexuality, parental anxieties and consent. The film opened April 6. "Blockers" had its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March.
 
The Los Angeles Times wrote: "Viswanathan shines as Kayla, the all-American star athlete whose confidence leads a trio of teenagers (including Kathryn Newton and Gideon Adlon) into every overprotective parent's worst nightmare: a sex pact to lose their virginity on prom night."
 
The LA Times wrote that Viswanathan and Cena together create an outrageous comedy with "a relatable parent-child dynamic. Cena is the perennial dad-coach training his daughter to be strong and confident in sports terms, the only language he knows, and Viswanathan is a self-possessed young woman developing a curiosity for life experiences beyond the goal posts."
 
Their onscreen chemistry is a result of "the warm mutual admiration the two share from the nearly three-month Atlanta shoot last year: Viswanathan's ebullience softens Cena's more serious-leaning stoicism," the LA Times said. Kay cannon, a writer on "30 Rock" and the "Pitch Perfect" franchise cast the two in their roles.
 
"While raunchy comedies have historically treated women as one-dimensional objects, 'Blockers' is about destigmatizing sex and enabling young women to assert ownership of their own bodies and choices," wrote the LA Times.
 
"[Kayla] just wants to let loose and have a night to remember, and I think she gets a little ahead of herself," said Viswanathan. "There are so many movies that are in this vein but they're from the male perspective."
 
Viswanathan, 22, grew up in Newcastle, Australia, where she competed in equestrian events. She has just finished the TBS comedy series "Miracle Workers." After a post-"Blockers" stint in Los Angeles, Viswanathan told LA Times she is giving New York a try. "I have two suitcases right now," she said. "That's my life, so I'll see where I end up."
 
 
OVER TWO DOZEN INDIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE 2018 US PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS
 
Twenty six Indian-American and South Asian-American students have been selected for the prestigious 2018 Presidential Scholars Program. This program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished high school seniors.
 
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually, based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
 
These students are:
Aditya Sivakumar, Anika Mittal, Advait Patil, Siddharth M. Mane, Isani Singh,
Sidhika Balachandar, Neeharika Kothapalli, Sreya Vangara, Neha Seshadri,VeenaThamilselvan, Vinjai S. Vale, Deven Singh, Nithya S. Adusumilli,
Ronak Bhagia, Nidhi T. Mahale, Shreyah Mohanselvan, Aryaman Khandelwal,
Pranshu Suri, Sonesh Patel, Syamantak Payra, Kanishka Ragula, Kavya Kopparapu,
Mihir Patel, Marissa Sumathipala, Vinitha Joseph,Mansi Totwani,
 
The award ceremony was held on June 24, when each honoree received a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
 
 
TWO INDIAN-AMERICANS WIN PAUL & DAISY SOROS FELLOWSHIP FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS
 
Two Indian-Americans, Aseem Mehta and Suchita Patil Nety are among the 30 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows for 2018. These Fellowships are granted to outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.
 
Mehta, who is studying law at Yale University, is focusing on legal strategies to support social movements. He works at the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.
 
He has worked as a Fellow with Immigrant Justice Corps, where he advocated against deportation of immigrants in New York and South Texas. He also worked with the Urban Justice Center to advocate for fairer treatment of welfare recipients and helped to facilitate a campaign to bring leaders to the forefront of the fight for "net neutrality" with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.
 
Nety's award will go towards getting her medical degree in biological engineering at MIT and Harvard University at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
 
After earning a BS in chemistry from Caltech, she has worked with protein-based reporters for ultrasound imaging and has won several awards, including Caltech's highest honor for undergraduate academics and research.
 
Nety plans to complete MD and PhD degrees, after which she hopes to serve patients as a medical oncologist while developing molecular tools to engineer robust and safe cell-based therapies.
 
 
TEN INDIAN-AMERICANS NAMED 2018 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWS
 
Ten outstanding and accomplished Indian Americans have been named 2018 Guggenheim Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's board of trustees, which awarded a total of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists.
 
The Indian-American recipients of this fellowship are given below.
 
Astronomy-Astrophysics
Shrinivas R. Kulkarni is a George E. Hale Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science at California Institute of Technology. He has an MS in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. Kulkarni's research involves identifying emerging areas of astronomy or using new methodologies that can be applied to existing areas of research.
 
Neuroscience
Aniruddh Patel is a cognitive neuroscientist at Tufts University, where he conducts research on the effect of music on the brain at the Department of Psychology. Patel has a graduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University.
 
South-Asian Studies
Archana Venkatesan is an associate professor of comparative literature and religious studies at the University of California, Davis. She received her A.A. from De Anza Community College, and her B.A, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Choreography
Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy are artistic directors, choreographers, and principal dancers of Ragamala Dance Company. As choreographers, their creative vision merges the rich traditions and deep philosophical roots of their Indian heritage with their hybrid perspective as first-generation Indian-Americans.
 
Film Video
Parvez Sharma has made award-winning films about faith, identity, religious extremism, and social justice. With a filmography encompassing three continents, two of his best-known films are ' A Jihad for Love '  and ' A Sinner in Mecca '
 
Nandini Sikand is a filmmaker, dancer-choreographer, author and cultural anthropologist. She is an associate professor at an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA.
 
Photography
Pradip Malde teaches at the  University of the South , Sewanee, TN. He is currently  working in rural communities  in Haiti, Tanzania and Tennessee, designing models for community development through photography.
 
Poetry
Srikanth Reddy is the author of 'Voyager', which was named one of the best books of poetry by The New Yorker. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the doctoral program in English at Harvard University, he is currently an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago.
 
Fine Arts
Mequitta Ahuja's works have been widely exhibited at such venues as the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Saatchi Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges, Baltimore Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
 
While naming these talented awardees, Edward Hirsch, president of the foundation, stated, "It's exceptionally satisfying to name 175 new Guggenheim Fellows. These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best."
 
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN PROF. ARUN VARSHNEYA NAMED HONORARY FELLOW OF BRITISH SOCIETY OF GLASS TECHNOLOGY
 
Dr. Arun Varshneya, a retired New York-based Alfred University professor of glass science, was named as an honorary Fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology.
 
Varshneya is currently president of Saxon Glass Technologies in the Ceramic Corridor Innovation Center in Alfred. It specializes in strengthening glass for various industries.
 
He is a distinguished life member of the American Ceramics Society and a winner of the President's Award from the International Commission on Glass. He has doctorate degrees in materials science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
 

INDIAN AMERICAN SCHOLARS AND INNOVATORS ELECTED TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
 
Gita Gopinath and Gurindar Sohi, both Indian-Americans along with Nepalese-American, Parag A Pathak were elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
 
This academy strives to generate ideas and offer recommendations to advance the public awareness in arts, citizenship, education, energy, government, the humanities, international relations and science.
 
Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics. Before joining Harvard, Gopinath was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.
 
She has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delhi, master's degrees in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and the University of Washington, and a doctorate in economics from Princeton University.
 
Sohi is currently the John P. Morgridge professor and the E. David Cronon professor of computer sciences at the Department of Computer Sciences and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Madison.
 
His research has been in the design of high-performance computer systems. He has co-authored several papers and patents that have influenced both researchers and commercial microprocessors. Sohi has a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois.
 
Pathak is a professor of economics and microeconomics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics. He has an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University. He serves as a faculty research associate and co-director and founder of the working group on market design at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
 
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN AND SOUTH-ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS NAMED 2018 GOLDWATER SCHOLARS
 
Over a dozen Indian-American and South-Asian-American students in the US were among the 211 students honored as 2018 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
 
The scholarship program, honoring Sen. Barry Goldwater, was designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
 
Mika Jain, of Stanford University, is studying physics and astronomy. He plans to get a doctorate in biophysics or applied physics and later teach at the university level.
 
Nitya Mani studies mathematics and computer science at Stanford University. She plans to obtain a doctorate in mathematics and have a research-focused career in academia.
 
Engineering student at the University of Southern California, Nina Singh plans a medical degree/doctorate in biomedical engineering and to work as a professor at an academic hospital.
 
Life Sciences is Trisha Dalapati's interest. Currently she is studying at the University of Georgia and her career goals include achieving a medical/doctorate degree in infectious diseases.
 
Ojas Pradhan, University of Iowa is an engineering student. He aims to earn a doctorate degree in chemical engineering and later conduct research
 
As a CISE student at Harvard College, Meena Jagadeesan hopes to earn a doctorate in theoretical computer science and later conduct research on algorithms.
 
Physics and astronomy are Vaibhav Mohanty's subjects at Harvard. He plans to earn a doctorate in theoretical physics and to conduct research in condensed matter physics and soft matter/biophysics.
 
Meenakshi Chakraborty is a Life Sciences student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chakraborty's goal is to pursue a doctorate degree, followed by a research career.
 
Another Life Sciences student is Edridge D'Souza of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He plans to be a research scientist in the field of genomics after earning a doctorate.
 
Bioengineering is Minhal Ahmed's area of interest. A student of Northeastern University, he intends to pursue a medical degree/doctorate degree in bioengineering with a focus on neuroscience.
 
Kritika Singh, also of Northeastern University, intends to pursue a medical/doctorate degree in chemical biology. She plans to conduct research at the nexus of chemical biology and engineering.
 
Aditya Mohan of Johns Hopkins University plans to get a doctorate in tumor immunology and oncolytic virology. Mohan hopes to conduct research and leverage synthetic biology principles to create and innovate new cancer immunotherapies.
 
Mathematical Sciences student at the University of Maryland, Tanay Wakhare aims to get a doctorate degree in combinatorial number theory and explore problems at the interface of combinatorics and number theory.
 
Pranav Warman, a Life Sciences student at Duke University, would like to get a doctorate in computational neuroscience and pursue a research and teaching career.
 
Engineering student at Duke University, Shomik Verma wants to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering, focusing on energy. He hopes to conduct research in energy and teach at the university level.
 
Zoheb Hirani, a chemistry student at Trinity University, hopes to get a doctorate in chemistry. Later, Hirani wants to conduct research in enzyme design for the production of fuels and work in industrial chemistry in energy.

GOPIOs, NRIs and PIOs NEWS FEATURES
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN PHYSICIAN GROUP DONATES $100,000 TO LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY OF AMERICA
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The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has donated $100,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, during their governing body meeting which was held from March 9 to 11 at the Freemont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont, California.
 
Dr. Gautam Samadder, the president of AAPI, presented the check to Rosalind Achkar, the Senior Corporate Manager of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America.
 
In her address, Achkar thanked AAPI for the donation and appreciated the efforts of Samir A. Shah and Saar D. Shah, the twin 15-year old grandchildren of Dr. Vinod Shah who contributed $50,000, for leading the campaign through their initiative, Team Fly4aCure Maryland.
 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a non-profit charitable organization which was founded in 1949 and is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.
 
INDIAN-AMERICAN DHRUV GAUR IS JEOPARDY COLLEGE CHAMPION
 
Dhruv Gaur, a freshman at Brown University in Providence, R.I., won the JEOPARDY! College Championship, claiming the $100,000 grand prize and earning a position in the next edition of the JEOPARDY! Tournament of Champions.
 
Gaur is seen here with host of the show Alex Trebek. (Photo: courtesy Jeopardy!, Sony.com).
 
An ecstatic Gaur was however, modest about his chances of winning "Nobody can really walk into a competition like this with 14 other incredibly talented and brilliant students and immediately expect to win it all, I know I certainly didn't," Gaur stated after his victory.
NEWS OF INTEREST TO NRIs AND PIOs AROUND THE WORLD

MORE THAN 200,000 INDIAN STUDENTS IN US UNIVERSITIES
 
According to an official report, there are around 211,703 Indian students currently studying in various American universities. India ranks second in the number of foreign students studying in the US. China tops the list with 377,070 students.
 
It is this level of participation from China and India that makes Asia the most popular continent of origin. In fact, 77 per cent of all international students in the US are from Asia according to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) report of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.
 
 
CANADIAN PERMANENT VISA FOR US H1B HOLDERS WAITING FOR US PERMANET VISA
 
It has been brought to our attention though various that group that those H1B holder waiting for US permanent resident visa may apply for Canadian Permanent via which is easier to get. Visit Canadian Immigration website to know how one could qualify.

 
NOTE TO NRIs - REGISTER TO VOTE IN INDIA
 
Please register as overseas voters following this link http://eci.nic.in/OverseasVoters/home.html so that you will be eligible to vote in the next parliament election in 2019. Please share this with all the overseas groups where you are a member.
 
Inform your friends and relatives abroad to register *This is only for those Indians out of India holding Indian passports*
GOPIO LIFE MEMBERSHIP AND CHAPTER FORMATION
 
GOPIO is a non-partisan, non-sectarian global organization with chapters in several countries, actively promoting the interests of people of Indian origin worldwide by monitoring and addressing current critical issues of concern, and by enhancing cooperation and communication between groups of Indians living in various countries.
 
GOPIO Individual Life membership is open to all who believe in the mission of GOPIO. The one- time fee is $5,000 for Platinum Life Membership, $2,500 for Gold Life Membership and $1,500 Silver Life Membership and 2/3rdthe amount for each category for those from developing countries and India.
 
GOPIO is looking forward to opening chapters in all major cities of the world, so as to network with people of Indian origin all over the world. If you do not have a chapter in your city, please visit the GOPIO website (www.gopio.net) and get details of chapter initiation (visit http://www.gopio.net/chapter_initiative.htm). This process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more. For more information, contact:
 
GOPIO Chairman - Dr. Thomas Abraham, Stamford, Connecticut, USA, Tel: +1-203-329-8010, E-mail: gopio@optonline.net
 
GOPIO President - Sunny Kulathakal, Bahrain, +973-39441956, India +91-9845756692, E-mail: kulathakal44@gmail.com
 
GOPIO Executive Vice President - Ishwar Ramlutchman, Durban, South Africa, Tel: +27-83-3578747, E-mail: ramlutchmanishwar@gmail.com
 
GOPIO Vice President - Ram Gadhavi, Wayne, New Jersey, USA, Tel: +1-973-699-8582, E-mail: ram@gadhavi.net
 
GOPIO's Global Ambassador - Issac John, Dubai, UAE, +971-50 625 9941, E-mail: isacjohn@gmail.com
 
GOPIO Secretary - Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, Tel: +1-732-986-2584, rajimehta@hotmail.com
Executive Trustee of GOPIO Foundation - Inder Singh, Tarzana, California, USA, Tel: +1-818-708-3885, E-mail: indersinghusa@gmail.com
 
GICC Chairman - Niraj Baxi, San Jose, California, USA, Tel: 408-307-9845 , E-mail: nbaxi@insuranceplanning.com
 
To become a Life member of GOPIO, visit http://www.gopio.net/gopio_membership.html , print and fill up the form and send it with a check to:. GOPIO International, PO Box 1413, Stamford, CT 06904, USA

EDITORIAL BOARD

Chief Editor:  Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO International (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: J. Nami Kaur, Media Council Chair, GOPIO International (New York, USA)
Associate Editors: Layla Matthew (Bangalore, India), Harry Walia (Australia), Marlan Padayachee (South Africa)
Webmasters:  Abu Thomas (Ardsley, New York, USA)

Contributors of this issue:  Ishwar Ramlutchman, Exec. Vice President, GOPIO International (Durban, South Africa); Jean-Régis, President, GOPIO-Reunion Island; Anita Bhat, President, GOPIO-CT (Stamford, CT, USA); Pradeep Kapoor, President, GOPIO Waikato (New Zealand); Vinita Khushal, President, GOPIO-Queensland (Brisbane, Australia); Abraham Pannikottu (Cleveland, Ohio); Mehen Poinoosawmy (GOPIO Intl. Coordinator for Europe (Paris, France); Shefali Mehta, President, GOPIO-Auckland Central Chapter (Auckland, New Zealand); Kewal Kanda, Treasurer, GOPIO Intl. (Norwalk, CT)

GOPIO NEWS welcomes NRI/PIO related stories from all over the world. Be a volunteer correspondent or reporter. 
 
Contact Dr. Thomas Abraham, Tel: 203-329-8010, E-mail: gopio@optonline.net.

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