Nov 2018
Nov 2018

Asia Society Texas Center honors Goradias with Huffington Award

The Asia Society Texas Center has honored Dr Marie and Vijay Goradia with the Huffington Award at The Houstonian in Houston, TX. 
A discussion with the Goradias followed at the event about their life stories and their commitment to advancing educational and healthcare issues around the world. Both were raised in humble circumstances in India and came to the US in the 1970s.

Soon after emigrating, Vijay founded Vinmar International, a global petrochemical trading and marketing company which recently tallied over $4 billion in annual revenue. While back in India on a business trip in 1999, he was inspired by the educational interventions he saw being implemented by a charity called Pratham, and he founded Pratham USA, which supports the work being done in India for underprivileged children.

Marie, who earned advanced degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology from Bombay University, journeyed to the US to do scientific research. Her current portfolio is wide-ranging, including becoming a distinguished toastmaster, ballroom dancer, and an active community volunteer.

The Huffington Award recognizes leaders who have been a major force on the international stage. Named for the Houston oilman and former ambassador who played a leading role in cre-ating Asia Society Texas Center, the Roy M. Huffington Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Center. 

Oct 2018

Pratham USA galas host Sen. Kamala Harris and Sundar Pichai

Above, US Senator Kamala Harris, at Pratham’s New York gala.

The NY Tristate and the Bay-Area, CA chapters of Pratham USA hosted their annual fundraisers on Sept 28 and Sept 29 respectively.
At the New York gala at the Cipriani Wall Street, the keynote speaker was US Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) while Google CEO Sundar Pichai was the guest of honor at the Bay Area fundraiser, hosted at the Palo Alto Hills Golf Country Club. The New York and Bay Area galas raised $3.6 million and $1.2 million respectively, according to news reports.
At the New York event, Pratham CEO Rukmini Banerji spoke of Pratham’s Pra-Digi initiative, which allows groups of children to teach themselves and each other via an electronic tablet. More than 20,000 tablets have been distributed thus far, at a cost of $100 per device.
Pratham USA is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of education in India. Established in the slums of Mumbai in 1995, Pratham is now one of India’s largest non-governmental education organizations, having impacted the lives of more than 58 million underprivileged children in the past two decades.

Watch highlights on Community Roundup

Below, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, at the Bay Area, CA, fundraiser. 

‘Vibrant Gujarat’ delegation visits US ahead of summit

From right, Padma Shri H R Shah, TV Asia chairman and CEO; H P Rama, chairman of the board, Auro Hotels; Arvind Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Govt. of Gujarat and Minesh Patel, president, Gujarati Samaj of New York, at the meet and greet wi...

SKN Foundation gala in NJ highlights diabetes epidemic

From left, Charlie Kimball, IndyCar series driver; actress Mandira Bedi and celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, at the SKN gala. Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote total wellness of the person and communit...

Jaipur Literary Festival in Houston brings intellectual vigour

The two-day Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) in Houston was held in association with Asia Society Texas Center, an educational organization; Inprint, a literary arts nonprofit organization, and the Consulate General of India in Houston, TX, Sept. 14-15. Shas...

John Chambers is keynote at ‘New India Lecture’ series in NY

John Chambers, founder, and CEO of JC2 Ventures and Chairman Emeritus of Cisco, delivered a talk on “Connecting the dots: Lessons for a leader,” while addressing guests at the Consulate General of India in New York on Sept. 26. Chambers is also the chairma...

Health Minister J P Nadda hosted at a community reception at TV Asia in NJ

From left, H R Shah, TV Asia chairman and CEO; Krishna Reddy Anugula, OFBJP president; J P Nadda, India’s Health and Welfare Minister; Jayesh Patel, past-president of OFBJP and Dr Sanjay Gupta, president of American Pain Association, displaying a commemora...

‘Progressive Art Group’ exhibit opens at Asia Society in NY

The media preview of a landmark exhibition of the paintings of India’s most influential “Progressive Artists’ Group,” was organized by the Asia Society in New York on Sept. 13. The event was followed by remarks of Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul Gen...

‘Ganesh Utsav’ draws thousands to Woodbridge, NJ

H R Shah, TV Asia chairman and CEO, center right, with Shymal Modi and Piraan Erachshaw of 1947 Productions, second and third from far left, with other guests and sponsors at the Ganesh Utsav in Woodbridge, NJ. Ganesh Utsav was celebrated over 5 days, sta...

US Researchers Led by Shankar Subramaniam Receive $12M Grant to Study Human Metabolism

Prof.  Shankar Subramaniam (Courtesy: UC, San Diego) A research team led by professor Shankar Subramaniam of the University of California at San Diego has a received a $12 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study human metabolism...

NJ interfaith organizations, local businesses come together to feed hungry children

On August 4, 2018, the ONE Project, a faith and community coalition that addresses social needs through education and volunteerism, hosted the 2018 NJ Hunger Project at Robbinsville High School in New Jersey. The ONE Project, led by Aanya Gupta and Ashley ...

Trump nominates Prof. Aditya Bamzai to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

The White House has announced that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Aditya Bamzai to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. If confirmed to the position, the Indian American Virginia attorney would serve for the remainder of a six-year ...