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GOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION TO EMPHASIZE DIASPORA BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY with Theme - "Strengthening Connections between India and Indian Diaspora through Business and Technology"











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GOPIO BIENNIAL CONVENTION TO EMPHASIZE DIASPORA BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY - Theme "Strengthening Connections Between India and Indian Diaspora Though Business and Technology"



GOPIO International, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (, has announced its 27th Anniversary Celebrations and GOPIO Biennial Convention 2016 to be held in New York, USA at the Marriott Hotel near LaGuardia Airport on June 24-25, 2016. The theme of the conference is "Strengthening Connections between India and the Global Indian Diaspora through Business and Technology," and will provide an opportunity to connect and network with people of Indian origin worldwide. Delegates from over 25 countries are expected to attend the convention which starts on Friday, June 24 with an inauguration and welcome reception. Next day, June 25 will consist of a full day conference sessions to deliberate on the Global Indian Diaspora; evaluate GOPIO's progress in 27 years; network, exchange ideas, and connect with PIO/NRI delegates from around the world. The event will end with a Grand Finale Banquet at the World's Fair Marina Banquet Hall on Saturday June 25 evening.


The conference will evaluate, assess, debate, discuss and deliberate on the current, critical issues of interest and concern that confront over 30 million people of Indian origin, living in countries outside of India. GOPIO International President Niraj Baxi invites all PIOs (People of Indian Origin) and NRIs (Non Resident Indians) to avail of this opportunity to attend, emphasizing "This conference will examine several pertinent issues, providing a unique forum for education, information and interactive participation." Mr. Baxi continued, "On behalf of the newly elected Executive Council of GOPIO International, I invite all GOPIO members to join us at our 2016 Biennial Convention, and help unite forces as we reach across to Indian community worldwide. We want to be the voice of any and all NRIs and PIOs taking initiatives to grow and strengthen our organization. Given our new motto of "GOPIO means business", the thrust of this convention will be to help connect the global Indian community, enable and promote intra-Diaspora business ventures, as well as bilateral sharing of business resources with India." 


Lal Motwani, Convener, GOPIO Convention 2016 and GOPIO Tri-State New York Area Coordinator, extends his invitation to join in, saying "This convention will have a great emphasis on Diaspora's involvement and contribution in Business, Technology and Investment. Therefore, it is beneficial for you to participate, network and to be known in the Diaspora. We have a great opportunity for you to provide exposure to your business and/or service as a sponsor of the convention, or to place an advertisement in the souvenir journal brought out at the convention."


The major thrust of this year's conference sessions will be on Entrepreneurship, Business, Technology and Investment within the Diaspora and India. A second track of conference will be organized by GOPIO Council chairs to develop their strategy for future actions.  Conference sessions listed below are open to all with pre-registration.


  • Make in India - Diaspora Role
  • Indian Diaspora Promoting Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Indian Diaspora in Hospitality and Convenience Foods
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Major Issues of Indian Diaspora
  • Health and Wellness of the Indian Diaspora
  • Diaspora Writers Forum
  • Diaspora Indian Women

Commenting on the upcoming Convention 2016, GOPIO founder president and Conference program chairperson Thomas Abraham said that GOPIO has come a long way since 1989 to sensitize governments across the world on issues of the Indian Diaspora in a timely manner and seek solutions to them. "In 27 years, the Indian Diaspora has moved from outside the political main stream in many countries to political leadership, and this trend will continue. The objective now is to mobilize the Diaspora resources, both professional and financial to help not only India but the Diaspora itself, and the countries they come from," said Dr. Abraham. 


GOPIO leadership hopes that this convention will help charter its course for the organization. "During the last many years, GOPIO has made rapid strides as there have been several new chapters and increased awareness of GOPIO's advocacy role for issues of the Indian Diaspora," said Inder Singh, Chairman of GOPIO International. 


"In the past, GOPIO election has been conducted at the General Body meeting at our Biennial Convention. As the previously scheduled General Body meeting got postponed for reasons beyond the control of the convention organizing team, we moved forward with the election, which could not be postponed. So now, as per GOPIO Bylaws the new team has organized the General Body meeting at the 2016 Biennial convention in New York City. With leadership of experienced GOPIO people in New York area taking charge to manage and deliver the convention, and the fact that New York area has many delegates to fulfill Bylaws requirement for this meeting quorum, it was a smart decision to hold the General Body meeting, along with the convention in New York." continued Mr. Singh. 


A convention planning meeting was held at the World's Fair Marina Banquet Hall in April and was attended by over 30 people, who make the core team for the convention planning. GOPIO International officers, Executive Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham, Vice President Ram Gadhavi and International Coordinator Dr. Rajeev Mehta attended this meeting so were the GOPIO-CT President Shelly Nichani, GOPIO-New York President Anand Ahuja and GOPIO-Upper New York President Jhairam Persaud. Various committees were formed at the planning meeting.


GOPIO Convention 2016 Planning Meeting GroupPhoto above: Participants at the GOPIO Convention 2016 Planning Meeting held on Sunday, April 17 in New York. Sitting From l. to r.: Dr. Asha Samant, GOPIO Upper New York Secretary Patsy Leopold, Dr. Roopam Saran, Rajul P. Shah, GOPIO New York President Anand Ahuja, GOPIO Vice President Ram Gadhavi, GOPIO Foundation Executive Trustee Dr. Thomas Abraham, Convention Convener Lal Motwani, GOPIO International Coordinator for North America Dr. Rajeev Mehta, Dhiraj Solanki, Malini Shah; Standing from l. to r.: GOPIO Convention Treasurer B. Aravindakshan, GOPIO Associate Secretary Jaswant Mody, Prof. Parmatma Saran, GOPIO-Connecticut President Shelly Nichani, Prakash Shah, Sanjay Gupta, Dhananjay Desai, Rahul Kapoor, Shailesh Naik, Mohinder Taneja, Gobind Munjal, Prasad Chintalapudi, Varghese Ninan, Srinivas Akarapu, GOPIO Convention Secretary Meenakshi Varandani and Dharmatma Saran


More details of the convention will be available at  or contact:  GOPIO Convention 2016 General Convener Lal Motwani at 516-581-3332. 








Program Outline


Friday, June 24

th- World's Fair Marina, Flushing, New York


12.30 p.m. Welcome Lunch for GOPIO Executive Council Members and Council Chairs

2 pm to 6 p.m. - Workshop for Executive Council Members and Council Chairs/Co-Chairs -


Theme: "How to Conduct Organization Work Efficiently and Effectively" and GOPIO's Future Strategy; GOPIO's Region and Country Reports


7.00 p.m. to 10 p.m. -Welcome Reception/Dinner and Inauguration - World's Fair Marina

Chief Guest - His Excellency Arun Singh, Indian Ambassador to the US


Saturday, June 25th- New York LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, East Elmhurst, New York


9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Conference Inaugural Session

10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. Two Tracks Covering the Following Conference Sessions

  • Make in India - Diaspora Role
  • Indian Diaspora Promoting Medical and Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Indian Diaspora in Hospitality and Convenience Foods
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • Major Issues of Indian Diaspora
  • Health and Wellness of the Indian Diaspora
  • Diaspora Writers Forum
  • Diaspora Indian Women


Suggestions for speakers and panelists are welcome. Contact Conference Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham at or call 203-329-8010.


7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Grand Finale Banquet - Recognition of Business Achievers and Businesses with Social Responsibility - World's Fair Marina, Flushing, New York

Chief Guest - Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India, New York


Sunday, June 26th


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. GOPIO Executive Council Meeting and GOPIO General Body Meeting - New York LaGuardia Marriott Hotel, East Elmhurst, New York


Hotel Booking: New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott for US$179.00 per night (includes breakfast for two). Call (800) 882-1043 or (718) 565-8900, book under GOPIO or online at Book your group rate for GOPIO International .


Seeking Nominations in Diaspora Business Achievers, Social Entrepreneurs and Businesses with Social Responsibility


GOPIO Business Council is seeking nominations in these categories to be recognized at the Finale Banquet on June 25th from the Indian Diaspora community. Please send in your nominations to The deadline is June 5th. 


For Convention registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact: Convention Convener Lal Motwani at or call the following numbers: 516-581-3332, 516-616-0233 or 203-329-8010.


Pre-register before May 31st and save

Registration for events on June 24 -26 - $175 per person (Before May 31st, $200 from June 1st)


Become a Patron of the Convention- $275 for individual and $500 for couple (Must register before June 10th to be listed as Patron in the souvenir booklet). Include registration for all events of tth convention.


Register Online at


Visitors from most Western European and Scandinavian countries, New Zealand and Australia do not require a visa to visit the U.S. Visitors from India and other countries need a valid visa to come to America. After registering for the conference, an invitation letter will be issued. Apply at the nearest American Consulate for a visa.







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The Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) a joint venture between the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), for enhancing economic & knowledge engagement of Overseas Indians with India.


OIFC has introduced the India Fellows Program (IFP) - a collaborative effort of the Government of India through OIFC and the Indian School of Business (ISB) Centre for Executive Education. The program's objective is to showcase the economic opportunities in India and provide connects with India based entrepreneurs for young Overseas Indian entrepreneurs & professionals to interact with, and explore potential opportunities.


The IFP is designed to offer an insider's view to the dynamic markets of India, it's business environment, it's socio-cultural norms, and emerging opportunities for you to explore India as a viable business opportunity.


The highlights of the programme are:


  • India Residency: 12-day India Residency, comprising of ten days of intensive experiential classroom sessions at the ISB campuses in Hyderabad & Mohali, and two days in Delhi
  • Experiential Approach: An immersive, practical and hands-on learning approach that includes cases and simulations, visit to markets and different consumer segments, group activities and field visits
  • Networking: Opportunity to  network with Indian entrepreneurs and senior government officials
  • Faculty: World-class faculty and senior industry, government and sector experts as guest speakers
  • Year-long Engagement through monthly webinars and Google Hangouts


Follow OIFC regular updates and its initiatives & programmes through its social media platforms.



For more details on IFP visit:









Consul General of India in New York Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das and her delegation of India based businesses from New York were hosted by GOPIO Connecticut on May 4th and 5th. The delegation include officials from State bank of India, bank of Baroda, bank of India, Andhra Bank, Canara bank, and Travel Corporation (P) Ltd.. Program included meetings with Stamford Mayor David Martin, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei and a breakfast meeting with Congressman Jim Himes. Several sister city options were discussed at this evening.  


Ambassador Das Meeting Elected Officials in Connecticut in May 2016 

Photo above Clockwise from top left: Ambassador Rivs Gsnguly Das having breakfast meeting with Congressman Jim Himes, Meetings with Stamford Mayor David Martin, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.


GOPIO-CT hosted a public reception and interactive session May 4th. GOPIO-CT President Shelly Nichani welcomed the guests at the program. GOPIO Founder President Dr. Thomas Abraham was the coordinator.


The visit concluded with a lunch hosted by Harman Chairman and CEO Dinesh Paliwal at Harman headquarters in Stamford. Overall, it was a very successful event. 

GOPIO-CT Recepption.Dinner with Ambassador Riva GangulyDas

Photo above: GOPIO-CT Reception/Dinner with Ambassador Riva GangulyDas and her delegation from New York.


Contact: GOPIO-CT President Shelly Nichani,




GOPIO-Sydney North West chapter held its Annual General Body Meeting on April 3, 2016 and elected the following members unanimously as office bearers for the next term.


Prof. Balkar Singh Kang - President

Paramjit Singh Multani - Vice President

Ms Amrit Buttar - Secretary
Sanjeet Hooda - Asstt. Secretary
Raj Singh - Treasurer


Present at the meeting was GOPIO Life Member Vinod Daniel, who explained his professional and charity activities world-wide and promised to provide his services for the GOPIO Sydney North West chapter.


GOPI-Sydney Northwest Chapter 2016 Elected Officials

Photo: Group Photo1 Standing L-R: Sanjeet Hooda (Asst. Secretary), Baljinder Singh, Sumit Joshi, Prof. Balkar Singh Kang (President), Vinod Daniel AM (Life member), Harmohan Singh Walia (Life member), Baljit Pelia; Sitting L-R: Paramjit Singh Multani (Vice President), Amrit Butter (Secretary), Raj Singh (Treasurer)  and Aman Singh


Earlier, the chapter handed over a check of $1000 to Mr Sharma Balram, President, Educational & Social Assistance Association (ESAA), Sydney for the victims of Fiji Cyclone on 5 March 2016. ESAA has been involved in the rehabilitation of cyclone victims in Fiji.


 GOPIO-Syd NW Chapter 2016 Donating to Fiji Cyclone Rehabilitation

Photo1 L-R: Prof. Balkar Singh Kang (President GOPIO Syd NW) Sharma Balram (President, ESAA),  Harmohan Singh Walia and Sumit Joshi


Contact: GOPIO Sydney North West President Prof. Balkar Singh Kang




The GOPIO-Upper New York Chapter held its Eight Annual Dinner and Dance celebrating the arrival of Indian Indentured Laborers to Guyana on April 30, 2016. This well organized event that drew a capacity audience was held at the Starlite Pavillion, Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. The program was coordinated and emceed by Mr. Jhairam Persaud, President of the GOPIO-Upper New York Chapter, who was ably assisted by members of the Chapter's executives.


After introductions and welcome by GOPIO Upper New York President Mr. Jhairam Persaud, GOPIO Tri-state Coordinator Mr. Lal Motwani delivered greetings on behalf of GOPIO International. In attendance were also Representatives from the Queens Borough President's Office and the Office of the District's Congressman, the Honorable Gregory Meeks. Four members of the Chapter received Congressional Certificates of Appreciation at this event. Those members were Mr. Netram Rambudhan, Miss Patsy Leopold, Mr. Gurdatt Jagnanan, and Mr. Premenauth Singh.


The feature speaker for the evening was Author, Novelist and Professor of English and Asian Studies, Miss Marina Budhos who was introduced by Dr Jaigobin Shivcharran.  Her speech on "Immigration -Then and Now" was a compelling presentation and resonated very well with the audience. Her use of slides engaged the audience and kept everyone focused throughout her presentation.

GOPIO-Upper New York Immigration Day Dinner

Photo above: From left  to right: Mahendra Sawh, Dev Chedda, Dr. Jaigobin Shivcharran, Savi Narain, Ann Lutchmidat, Patsy Leopold, Gurdatt Jagnanan, Pritha Singh, Tony  Roopnarain,  Premnauth Singh, Jhairam Persaud, Dr. Thomas Abraham, Keynote speaker Marina Budhos,  Lal Motwani and Netram Rambudhan


The GOPIO UNY Community Service Award this year went to Cultural and Artistic Director of the Rajkumari Cultural Center, Miss Pritha Singh.  Miss Singh was introduced by Mr. Premenauth Singh and the award was presented by GOPIO UNY President, Mr. Jhairam Persaud


Mr. Gurdatt Jagnanan concluded the event with appreciation and thanks to presenters and attendees.


Contact: GOPIO Upper New York President Jhairam Persaud,




A successful France-India festival was organised by the GOPIO chapters of France, Paris (Mehen Poinoosawmy), Belfort (Dr. Pradip Sewoke) and Nantes (Umesh Mukhi) on the 10th of April 2016 in Paris. This event was under the umbrella of GOPIO International Europe.


Focused was made on the  "MakeinIndia" A conference session was titled "Investment : Business Opportunities in India". The discussion focused on several issues ranging from information technology, innovation, solar energy, people to people contact and business opportunities.Among the speakers were Dr. Ryan Tewari (Netherland), Rita Abraham (South Africa) and Dr. Ramesh Caussy (France) of GOPIO International family.


Speakers at the conference included the following:

Pascal Tran-Huu, International coordinator of the Energy Valley (Nord-Franche-Comté )

Jonathan SINIVASSANE - Paris and Co, Invest in Paris Agency, Paris Town council

Koumarane KICHENASSAMY - Manager of  K2 PROCESS company and author of "How to communicate with the Indian partners" 

Mons. Umesh MUKHI (Lecturer Audencia Nantes School of Management) - VPresident GOPIO Nantes

Dr Ramesh CAUSSY - Chairman Science & Technology GOPIO International and Founder of Partnering  Robotics & Robot Diya One.

Philippe HUMBERT - Euro India Business Economic Group

Dr Ryan TEWARI - International Coordinator-at-Large GOPIO International - Managing Director Capital Investors International

Rita ABRAHAM- Chairperson,  Women's Council GOPIO International

Shailesh DIXIT - WIPRO's Sales and Consulting Head for Continental Europe- France


The GOPIO World Entrepreneur 2016 Award for Europe was presented to Dr Ramesh Caussy, Indian Origin entrepreneur for all his achievements and success in France for creation of DIYA Robots. He received several prestigious awards from many other institutions in France.


GOPIO France India Festival

Top photo: l. to r. : Pascal TRAN-HUU, Jonathan SINIVASSANE, Koumarane KICHENASSAMY, Umesh MUKHI, Dr Ramesh CAUSSY, Philippe HUMBERT, Dr Ryan TEWARI,Rita ABRAHAM, Shailesh DIXIT; Botom Photo: From l. to r. Nisha Dhingra, Gopio Youth Council Coodinator for Europe,  Mr. Manish Prabhat , Deputy Chief Embassy of India in France, Dr Ramesh Caussy, Mehen  Poinoosawmy, President GOPIO France Paris

Deputy Chief of the Mission of the Embassy Mr. Manish Prabhat was the chief guest of the occasion and spoke on the economic potential of India and how India has become the fastest growing emerging economy. He also highlighted how the Government is constantly making efforts to make India business friendly and has become an attractive destination for manufacturing. PM Modi has brought many changes and is inciting foreigners to invest in India where there is a huge market.


With 1,300 million inhabitants which corresponds to 20 % of the world population, India can no more be ignored. India is growing up skyrocketingly and asserting its position in world affairs, as well as political, economic and military fields. The world is changing and India will contribute in bringing these changes.


India is the 10th most industrialized country in the world and the 6th country to have gone into space.  The economic forecasts for 2050 put the Indian population in the 1st world rank with over 1.5 billion people and in the top 3 most developed economy.


India has become a major and key player in new technologies. More than half of the 500 largest companies have outsourced most of their IT services in India. With 18 % of the world population, it forms the second group of potential consumers in the world and according to many economists; this youth power will soon be the labor force and will act as the economic engine in the coming years.


It is the place to be for future investors and in phase with the perfect illustration of « "GOPIO means Business" mentioned recently by GOPIO President Niraj Baxi.




At the GOPIO Indian Festival in Paris, GOPIO Women's Council Chairperson Rita Abraham was warmly welcomed at a working session by the Women Council of GOPIO France.  Rita initiated the ladies about the different actions on issues concerning the welfare and improvement of life conditions for women, the family and the community.


Following this initiative, the "GOPIO MOTHER DAY" will be celebrated on Sunday the 29th of May 2016, which is quite particular for France and its departments: Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Reunion because in some countries the Mother Day has already been celebrated on the 08th of May 2016.  

GOPIO France Women Council members with GOPIO Intl. Women's Council Chairperson Rita Abraham

Photo:GOPIO France Women Council members Padmini Ayasammy, Ragini Poinoosawmy, VPresident Jessica Mourtont, Youth Council Coordinator Nisha Dhingra, GOPIOInternational Women's Council Chairperson Rita Abraham, Vythilingum ( members of Gopio Armnetières-Lille)




GOPIO and its Central Jersey chapter organized a lecture demonstration of Hindustani Classical Vocal on  Sunday May 1, 2016, Sunday, by Mrs. Viraj Amar, an exponent of Hindustani Classical Vocal from Benaras Gharana. Mrs Amar gave a lecture-demonstration on the topic 'Moods and Shades of Morning Ragas' covering a wide range of topics relating to rich Hindustani classical vocal tradition. She is the Chief Coordinator of Upasana School of Performing Arts (Upasana), Gujarat University. In 2012-13 GOPIO had entered into an MOU with Upasana to have an exchange program for students and the faculty to promote classical art and culture. The MOU bore the fruits now that GOPIO Vice President Ram Gadhavi took the initiative to invite Mrs Amar for the Lecture-demonstration on classical music.


Amar lucidly explained the finer aspects of the art and its subtle nuances. She sang Raga Nat Bhairav -vilambit khayal followed by drut khayal. While singing she demonstrated the change from slow paced-vilambit laya - to the drut laya-crescendo while explaining aalaap, badhat, Bol taan, aalaap taan. She also explained how the artiste uses various voice production techniques for generating various kinds of taans. She then sang two bandishes in raga desi-one traditional Bandish and the other a haveli sangeet bandish. She also spoke on her training in Guru shishya parampara.


The lecture demo was attended by discerning listeners and the question-answer session following the lec-dem turned out to be very interesting. Such programs bring the listeners closer to the art and the Artiste. Deepak Gundani on Tabla and Amar Bhatt on Harmonium gave an able support to the artiste. Such an initiative by GOPIO was appreciated by all.


Lecture demonstration of Hindustani Classical Vocal by Viraj Amar

Photo above: Artists with GOPIO officials: From l. to r.: GOPIO-North Jersey Treasurer Gaurang Mehta, GOPIO-Silicon Valley President Ashok Bhatt, GOPIO Business Council Co-Chair Prakash Shah, GOPIO-North Jersey Vice President Rajul Shah, GOPIO-North Jersey Asst. Treasurer Dhananjay Desai, Main Artiste Viraj Amar, Amar Bhatt (Accompanied on Harmonium), GOPIO Vice President Ram Gadhavi, Dipak Gundani (Accompanied on Tabla) and GOPIO Associate Secretary Jaswant Mody  




Join for Networking Reception and Gala Dinner to CELEBRATE the Launching of GOPIO - NORTH NEW JERSEY CHAPTER


Date:  May 22nd, Time:  5.00- 8.00 pm

Location: Fairbridge Hotel and Banquet Center, 130 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ, Tel: 973-386-5622


Chief Guest, - Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India, New York

Several Dignitaries including local elected officials expected to participate.

Entertainment by Shubham Kala Varundam from India followed by the Dinner


Contribution: $30 per person


Complimentary admission is provided to those becoming Life Members of GOPIO-North Jersey Chapter which is $250 for two people for six months (will be increased to $350 after six months)


Sponsored by Ashok Bhatt, Fair Bridge Hotel, East Hanover, NJ,


RSVP and for more information: Contact: Dhiraj Solanki, President, GOPIO-North Jersey, Tel: 873-714-5249, E-mail:; Rajul Shah, Vice-President, 908-327-0605,; Abhisekh Adukia, Secretary 212-823-3216 and Dr. Asha Samant 973-979-6372











US President Barack Obama has appointed an Indian-American engineer to a key administration post, the White House said.


Manjit Singh, co-founder of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund has been appointed as the member of President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.


The announcement came along with several other appointments made by the US President.


"These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them," President Obama said in a statement.


President of Agilious, a software technology consulting firm he founded in 2013, Mr. Singh is also the co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national Sikh American media, policy and education organization.


He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation and also as a Member-at-Large of The Board of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan in Washington.


Mr. Singh received a Master of Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Bombay in India.





An Indian-origin veterinary medical expert has been appointed as the Dean of the prestigious University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Canada.


Baljit Singh, will take over the position of Dean on September 1, provost and vice-president (Academic) of the university Dru Marshall said in a statement.


Singh is a highly accomplished researcher, educator and administrator in the field of veterinary medicine, with specific expertise in lung biology and anatomy.


Singh has done his Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry and Master of Veterinary Science from Punjab Agricultural University. He completed his PhD from the University of Guelph in Ontario and postdoctoral training at Texas A and M University and Columbia University, New York.


"I am deeply honored to be selected as the dean of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I am excited that the faculty has outstanding opportunities to lead in veterinary medical education and knowledge-creation to solve complex animal and human problems at the local, national and international level," Singh said in a statement issued by the university.




Noted Indian scholar and plant physiologist H. Deep Saini has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of the prestigious University of Canberra.


Saini, currently the Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Canada, will succeed Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker in September who steps down from the post in July after over nine years in the service.


Chancellor and Chair of University Council Tom Calma AO said the University's governing body was delighted that the internationally experienced university leader and academic has agreed to become the University of Canberra's fifth Vice Chancellor, the university said in a statement.

Saini, a notable plant physiologist, said he was thrilled to be appointed the University's Vice-Chancellor at such a fantastic time for the institution. "I look forward to the next phase of the University of Canberra's transformation as a global leader in mission-oriented education and problem-solving research with a solid intellectual core," Saini said.


"Much of what I am today was shaped during my doctoral studies in Australia. My wife and I started our shared journey here. It is a privilege to now return to serve the country where it all began and to which I owe the crucial formative steps of an exceptionally rewarding career," Saini continued.


Saini completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at the Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, and doctorate in plant physiology from the University of Adelaide.

Saini has received a number of honors including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.




A team of Indian scientists from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Medical School have made an important breakthrough by developing a nano-technology which will help monitor the effectiveness of cancer therapy within hours of treatment.

"We have developed a nano-technology, which first delivers an anticancer drug specifically to the tumor, and if the tumor starts dying or regressing, it then starts lighting up the tumor in real time," said Shiladitya Sen Gupta, a principal investigator at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).

"This way you can monitor whether a chemotherapy is working or not in real time, and switch the patients to the right drug early on. One doesn't need to wait for months while taking a toxic chemotherapy only to realize later and after side effects that the drug hasn't worked," Gupta, a co-corresponding author of the breakthrough research published online this week in 'The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.'

The first author of the paper is Ashish Kulkarni, who comes from a small village in Maharashtra. A junior faculty at Harvard, Kulkarni trained as a Chemical Engineer at ICT Mumbai, then did a PhD in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati.

Kulkarni said by using this approach, the cells light up the moment a cancer drug starts working.

"We can determine if a cancer therapy is effective within hours of treatment. Our long-term goal is to find a way to monitor outcomes very early so that we don't give a chemotherapy drug to patients who are not responding to it," he said.

"We've demonstrated that this technique can help us directly visualise and measure the responsiveness of tumours to both types of drugs," Kulkarni said.

Other members of the research team are Poornima Rao, Siva Natarajana, Aaron Goldman, Venkata S Sabbisetti, Yashika Khater, Navya Korimerla, Vineethkrishna Chandrasekara and Raghunath A Mashelkar. Except Goldman, all are Indian researchers.


The technology developed by the group can be used for monitoring the effectiveness of immunotherapy, a report said.


Using a nanoparticle that delivers a drug and then fluoresces green when cancer cells begin dying, they were able to visualise whether a tumour is resistant or susceptible to a particular treatment much sooner than currently available clinical methods, said a statement from BWH.




Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has appointed two Indian Americans - a former F-16 pilot and an Iraq war veteran - in leadership positions for the Pentagon's centre in Silicon Valley aimed at innovation in IT solutions for the military.The four-member team of Raj Shah and Vishaal Hariprasad, along with Christopher Kirchhoff and Isaac Taylor, would report directly to Carter, as he announced to scale up his brainchild Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) that he opened in Silicon Valley last year.


Since its launch eight months ago, DIUx has made progress in putting commercially-based innovation into the hands of America's soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, Carter said.


"Because the missions now assigned to DIUx are far broader than any one person can oversee, I'm establishing a partnership-style leadership structure for DIUx, one that includes technologists, investors, and business executives," he said as he named the four partners - Shah, Hariprasad, Kirchhoff and Taylor.


Most recently, Shah was the Senior Director of Strategy at Palo Alto Networks. Previously he was CEO and Co-Founder of a cyber security company acquired in 2014.Earlier he was a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defence and began his business career as a consultant with McKinsey.Shah has also served an F-16 pilot in the US Air Force where he completed multiple combat tours and has attended Princeton University and is an MBA from the Wharton School.He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and an affiliate at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).


Hariprasad is an Iraq War veteran who earned the Bronze Star Medal. He is the former Technical Co-founder and Director of Software Engineering for Morta Security, prior to the firm's acquisition by Palo Alto Networks.A graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, he served as a Cyberspace Operations Officer for the air force and National Security Agency.Hariprasad has served numerous combat deployments and stations overseas and holds a Master's degree in information technology from Virginia Tech University.










Prof. Sid GautamGOPIO Life Member Dr. Sid Gautam, a professor of economics at Methodist University where he founded and led its Center for Entrepreneurship, passed away on April 28, 2016 at his home town Fayetteville, North Carolina. He had spent his life striving to meet higher expectations, both in his personal life and in his 44-year career at Methodist University where he created programs and awards recognizing local businesspeople and boosting the community's sense of itself. Dr. Gautam was 74.


Dr. Gautam was a featured speaker in several GOPIO Conventions and by several GOPIO chapters. GOPIO recognized him for his achievements and contribution to society at its 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Trinidad in 2014.


In recent years, Dr. Gautam had turned some of his considerable energies to promoting healthy living. About 2010, he began hosting free monthly programs at Kiwanis Recreation Center where people could learn and practice simple yoga moves and attend seminars on various health issues. Dubbed Happiness Yoga, the program drew its name from Dr. Gautam's belief in the connection between happiness and health.


Dr. Gautam founded the Center for Entrepreneurship in 1973 and a few years later began holding two annual symposiums, one focused on the local and national economic outlook for the coming year and the other on the stock market. He attracted attendees by getting important bankers, business people, economists and others to give keynote speeches.


He and his advisers also recognized local business people through awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Person of the Year and the Small Business Excellence Award, all of which are still being carried on today.


Dr. Gautam was quite involved in the Indian community activities Life Member GOPIO which recognized him for his contribution to Entrepreneurship. He travelled around and spoke at the various forums. 


He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Indira, his daughter Pragati, son-in-law Dr. Anil Sharma, and their children. The cremation was done on May 1st









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Indian American community had come together to campaign on US-India Nuclear deal. GOPIO chapters in the US played a major role in organizing town hall meetings with US lawmakers to make it happen.


Now, according to the Obama administration, India has made significant progress in implementing the civil nuclear deal in the last 18 months, that it is now up to individual companies to take decisions in terms of risks and opportunities.


"One of the areas we have been able to have significant breakthroughs is the civil nuclear cooperation. We have seen in the past year-and-a-half significant progress with respect to India establishing its liabilities law which are compliant with international convention on supplementary compensation," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on South Asia.


India, she said, has now ratified it and is now a member of the international Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.


"India has established an insurance pool," she said in response to a question from Congressman Brad Sherman who wanted to have an update on the civil nuclear deal.


"I think, each individual company at this point has to make its own commercial decisions in terms of risks and in terms of opportunity. I think we are starting to see companies making those decisions," Biswal said.


"It is at this point largely a commercial decision. We stand ready through the US Government, through our financing bodies to support," the senior State Department official said.


It is believed that Westinghouse Electric and Nuclear Power Co-operation India Ltd are in advance stage of talks for building six nuclear reactors in Gujarat.







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 2/3 of the 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 ( and get details of chapter initiation (visit This process involves sending a letter of intent to start a chapter by a committee of five people or more.  For more information, contact:


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Chief Editor: Dr. Thomas Abraham, Founder President and Chairman Emeritus of GOPIO Intl. and Executive Trustee, GOPIO Foundation (Stamford, CT, USA)

Editor: Nami Kaur (New York, USA)

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