Highlighting Three Upcoming Programs in the US
May 31, 2018
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|GOPIO-CENTRAL JERSEY TO HONOR US LAW MAKER FRANK PALLONE JR AS FRIEND OF INDIA ALONG WITH INDIAN AMERICAN ACHIEVERS AT ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA|
GOPIO Central New Jersey is hosting its 10th Anniversary Gala Community Recognition & Awards Banquetat 4.30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at EMBER Banquets, 3793 US Highway 1 South, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.
India's Consul General in New York Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty will be the Chief Guest at this 10th Anniversary Gala & Awards Banquet. Other dignitaries include New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and West Windsor Mayor Hemant Marathe.
Photos above: , from l. to r. Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Mayor Ravi Bhalla, and Mayor Hemant Marathe
THE 2018 GOPIO-CENTRAL JERSEY AWARDEES
From top left clockwise: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr, Mr. Ashok Luhadia, Mr H.R. Shah, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Mr. Amit Jani, MSKN Foundation, Sparsh Shah, Ms. Rina Shah and Mr. Pinakin Pathak
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. who represents New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District that covers Middlesex County, Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County. He has served Co-Chair of Indian Caucus in US Congress will be inducted as Friend of India.
The Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation, which is a community based 501C3 non-profit organization with a mission to improve total well-being by addressing the physical, mental, and cultural aspects through innovative forms of education and support. The SKN Foundation will be recognized for its continued community service.
Mr. Ashok Luhadia, who is the founder of US Pharma Labs, and the recipient of awards from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will be recognized as an outstanding entrepreneur.
Ms. Rina Shah, who is the director and founder of AUM Dance Creations. She wants to pass on her knowledge of Bharat Natyam, Bollywood, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop to the future generations. She is being honored for her contributions to the performing arts.
A special award is being presented to Sparsh Shah (aka Purhythm), a 12-year-old multi-talented singing prodigy who was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This condition makes his bones extremely fragile and brittle.
Mr. Amit Jani, who is the President & Co-Founder, NJ Leadership Program, and serves in Governor Phil Murphy's Administration. He was Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach for the Murphy-Oliver Gubernatorial Campaign. Mr. Jani is being recognized for his contribution to our community's political involvement.
Mr. Pinakin Pathak, a successful entrepreneur and community activist. He is a member of the Hindu-Jewish coalition, BAPS, and March of Dimes, and is being recognized for his contributions to Public Service.
Two awards are presented for achievement in media: Mr. H.R. Shah, the Chairman & CEO of TV Asia, who is a pillar of the community supporting various social works, cultural, educational and related activities, and Dr. Sudhir Parikh, who is a philanthropist and Chairman and Publisher of Parikh Worldwide Media Inc., the largest Indian-American publishing group in the United States.
Commenting on the award selection, GOPIO-CJ Past President Dinesh Mittal who is the Chair of GOPIO International's Chapter Validation Committee said, "With a fast-growing Indian American population, we have had a large number of nominations and we picked the best in the various categories."
GOPIO-CJ Founder President Dr. Rajeev Mehta who now serves as the Secretary-General of GOPIO International, said, "These awardees are role models and recognition of their achievements will motivate our new generations to contribute to our community and society at large."
The proposed agenda for the evening includes a cocktail reception, the awards ceremony, entertainment, dinner and dancing. The program will conclude at about 8.30 pm. It will be an enjoyable evening.
|GOPIO-CT TO HONOR SIX INDIAN AMERICAN ACHIEVERS AT ITS 12TH ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET |
The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)-Connecticut Chapter will honor outstanding achievers of the Indian American community in Connecticut and those provide service to the community or the society at large at its Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 9th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel, Stamford, CT starting at 6 p.m.Six Indian Americans are honored for their achievements in profession and service to the nation.
Honored guests at the banquet include Consul Devi Prasad Misra, Consul for Commerce at the Indian Consulate in New York; Stamford Mayor David Martin; Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei; New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan; CT State Senator Carlo Leone and State Representative Dr. Prasad Srinivasan.
This year's awards banquet will benefit the GOPIO-CT's Scholarship Fund and the charity Teach for America.
Photo above: Dignitaries attending GOPIO-CT 2018 Awards Banquet, from l. to r. Consul Devi Prasad Misra, Stamford Mayor David Martin; Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei; New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan; CT State Senator Carlo Leone and CT State Assemblyman Dr. Prasad Srinivasan.
GOPIO-CT 2018 AWARDEES
The 2018 awardees are: Dr. Rohit Bhalla, MD, Vice President of Stamford Health for Contribution to Health Care Administration; Prof. Sarbani Basu, Chair of Department of Astronomy at Yale University for Achievement in Basic Sciences; Mr. Hasu Patel for Community Service; Mr. Sharad Patney, President and CEO of VLink, Inc. for Achievement in IT Services; Ms. Asha Rangappa, a CNN national security analyst who served as a former Special Agent of the FBIand currently a senior lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs for Service to Govt. and Non-Profit Institutions; and Dr. K. Sudhir, James Frank Professor of Private Enterprise, Management and Marketing and founder-director of the China India Insights Program at the Yale School of Management for Achievement Business Management.
Photo above: GOPIO-CT award recipients to be honored at the 12th Awards Banquet From l. to r. Dr. Rohit Bhalla, Prof. Sarbani Basu, Hasu Patel, Sharad Patney, Asha Rangappa and Prof K. Sudhir
Dr. Rohit Bhalla - Contribution in Health Care Administration
Dr. Rohit Bhalla serves as Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of Stamford Health, in Stamford, CT; where he serves on the executive team that built the new Stamford Hospital, has developed programs in health care quality, patient safety, and care coordination, and has been recognized as the organization's Planetree Physician Caregiver of the Year. In the region, he leads his organization's Community Health Improvement Plan, serves on the Board of Trustees of the CT Hospital Association and the Quality Council of the CT State Innovation Model Program. Dr. Bhalla is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Public Health/General Preventive Medicine.
Prof. Sarbani Basu - Achievement in Basic Sciences
Sarbani Basu is a Professor at the Department of Astronomy at Yale University, and its current chair. She specializes in the study of the Sun and other stars using data on stellar oscillations (star quakes). She was awarded the 2018 George Ellery Hale Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society for her contributions to the understanding of the internal structure and dynamics of the Sun and stars.
Hasu Patel - Community Service
Fondly known in the community as Senator Patel, Hasu has been Working with Elderly population, fighting for their rights, helping them to get their medical coverage and food stamps, providing them transportation especially to their medical appointments, legal assistance and providing help in translation due to language barrier. In short, holding hands of elderly people and guiding them at every step and helping them. He has also helping needy people to get them jobs, legal help with immigration and even lodging if needed. He has even helped with funeral arrangements in unfortunate circumstances and financial help when needed. He has helped a good number of students to get jobs, lodging and even financially. When someone looking for business, immigration help or any legal issue he always gives his best advice to the people. He always takes responsibility when the need arises.
Sharad Patney - Achievement in IT Services
Sharad Patney is President and CEO of VLink, Inc., a fast-growing IT services company. Patney is responsible for running all facets of the business. He is the driving force in accelerating growth by implementing corporate direction and strategy. He has led numerous initiatives which resulted in increased customer satisfaction across all industry verticals of VLink. Patney completed BE degree in Power Electronics from University of Nagpur and MS degree in Business Analytics & Project Management at the University of Connecticut.
Asha Rangappa - Service to Govt. and Non-Profit Institutions
Asha Rangappa is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former Special Agent in the New York Division of the FBI, specializing in counterintelligence investigations. Asha has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among others is currently a legal and national security analyst for CNN. She attended Princeton University and received her law degree from Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Prof. K. Sudhir - Achievement in Business Management
K. Sudhir is the James Frank Professor of Private Enterprise, Management and Marketing and founder-director of the China India Insights Program at the Yale School of Management. He routinely consults and conducts research for Fortune 500 companies and non-profits in the United States and abroad and his research has been honored with numerous awards. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Marketing Science, the leading quantitative academic research journal in marketing.
Commenting on the award selection, GOPIO-CT President Anita Bhat said, "We select the awardees, who have made an impact in our society and/or those who provide outstanding service."
GOPIO Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham and Chairman of GOPIO-CT Awards Committee said, "these awardees are role models for our new generations and GOPIO-CT has a done great job in building up a good image of India and Indian Americans in Connecticut."
GOPIO-CT also selected three graduating high school students and a student at Norwalk Community College to receive scholarships. They are Carolyn David of Greenwich High School, Meghan Prabhu of Westhill High School (Stamford, CT), Vedant Gannu of Stamford High School and Natalia Mohammed of Norwalk Community College.
The awardees will be honored at GOPIO-CT's Twelfth Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 9th at the Stamford Marriott Hotel in Stamford. CT. The program includes dignitaries, entertainment and Bollywood DJ.
Over the last 12 years, GOPIO-CT, a chapter of GOPIO International has become an active and dynamic organization hosting interactive sessions with policy makers and academicians, community events, youth mentoring and networking workshops, and working with other area organizations to help create a better future. GOPIO-CT serves as a non-partisan, secular, civic and community service organization - promoting awareness of Indian culture, customs and contributions of PIOs through community programs, forums, events and youth activities. It seeks to strengthen partnerships and create an ongoing dialogue with local communities. GOPIO-CT provides scholarships to graduating high school students, sponsors six soup kitchens in a year at the New Covenant House in Stamford and do fund raiser for a local charity every year.
GOPIO-VIRGINIA TO ORGANIZE ANNUAL AWARDS GALA NIGHT ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH
GOPIO-VIRGINIA TO ORGANIZE ANNUAL AWARD GALA NIGHT ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH
HONORED GUESTS AT THE ANNUAL AWARD GALA NIGHT
Photo above: , from l. to r. US Senator and former Vice President candidate Tim Kaine, Congressman Gerry Connolly, Deputy Chief of the Indian Mission in Washington DC Ambassador Santosh Jha, Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen and GOPIO Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham
Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman, GOPIO International (Stamford, CT, USA)
Editor: Nami Kaur, GOPIO Media Council Chair (New York, USA)
Associate Editors: Layla Matthew (Bangalore, India) and Harry Walia (Australia), Marlan Padayachee (Durban, South Africa)
Webmasters: Abu Thomas (Ardsley, New York, USA)
Contributors of this issue: Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Secretary, GOPIO International (Piscataway, New Jersey. USA); Anita Bhat, President, GOPIO-CT (Stamford, CT, USA); Jay Bhandari, President, GOPIO-Virginia (USA)
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