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september 25, 2017

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gopio foundation seeking donations for indian and usa flood victims' rehabilitation
gopio joins hands with ccs univerity and indian political science association for a conference on indian vision of political thinking
two new gopio chapters are in the offing, gopio-noida and gopio-meerut.
convention preparation progressing well for gopio international biennial convention 2018 in bahrain
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gopio foundation seeking donations for indian and usa flood victims' rehabilitation

the fury of recent indian floods (assam and bihar), is unprecedented in the history and has wreaked havoc on the lives and livelihood of thousands of people. major rivers in spate have breached banks, inundated areas displacing thousands, washing away hundreds of huts and damaging buildings, roads, bridges and standing crops worth millions of rupees.
the death toll as of august 29 in bihar alone, reached to 514, with 17 million people in 19 districts being affected by the floods. the official release, till date shows that 854,936 people have been evacuated to safe places by the rescue teams of the army, the national disaster response force and the state disaster response force.
in some places, the flood waters have receded, prompting many people to return to their homes. although, there are still 106,650 people who are forced to live in relief camps. the floods have already caused heavy damage to the lives, livestock, property and infrastructure. the floods have damaged and destroyed houses, highways and rail tracks and have caused extensive loss of crops and communication links.
the aftermath of the flood is beset with many problems. thousands of homes have been lost; many more have been found severely damaged. thousands of cattle have perished. acres and acres of crops have suffered extensive damage. drinking water is polluted.
thousands of people underwent harrowing experiences and lost all belonging that they had owned.  they are forced to face hunger and homelessness and had to take shelter in relief camps. all of them are faced with daunting task of rebuilding their lives, from scratch. the magnitude of this tragedy is enormous and people are looking up to various agencies, governmental, philanthropic and nris/pios to help in rehabilitation efforts.
in the us, hurricanes harvey and irma have been the most powerful storms to hit texas, louisiana and the southeast states in over a decade.
harvey and irma's torrential rain, devastating winds and widespread flooding have already cost at least 100 lives, driven over millions of people to evacuate their homes with estimated damages over couple of billion dollars that will likely make it one of the costliest storms in u.s. history.
floodwater is often contaminated with sewage, chemicals and debris, including glass and other sharp objects. it also poses risks including infectious diseases, injuries and chemical hazards. many homes could require to be torn down because of mold which grows quickly.
many volunteers are helping by collecting new undergarments, socks, toiletries, pillows, blankets and cleaning supplies. indian community in fresno, california, collected such items and filled in three truck loads which were sent to houston.
gopio has set up flood disaster rehabilitation funds for both. gopio requesting you to send in a contribution by sending a check to: gopio, 11433 arlee ave, norwalk, ca 90650, usa or by paypal using the following link choose: make online payment, select option pay for items or service quickly and securely using gopio email: mention funds for indian or usa floods.
gopio can be contacted at  or by telephone (818) 708-3885 or (203) 329-8010, or 408-307-9845. mr. nder singh, executive trustee, gopio international foundation,
gopio joined hands with ccs university and indian political science association organizing a conference on indian vision of political thinking
gopio joined hands with ccs university and indian political science association organizing a conference on indian vision of political thinking
gopio academic council joined hands with chaudhary charan singh (ccs) university and indian political science association (ipsa) for a conference indian vision of political thinking: possibilities of global alternative on august 12th and 13th at the university. the conference focused on understanding the dynamics of changing academic paradigm emanating from global failure of western political thinking in providing solutions to international problems of mankind.
indian vision of political thinking cionference in meerut.august 12.2017

the conference was inaugurated on 12th morning with welcome address by the organizer prof. sanjeev kumar sharma, general secretary and treasurer of ipsa who is also a life member of gopio. the guest of honor was shri rajendra agarwal, member of parliament from meerut-hapur constituency. keynote address was delivered by ipsa president prof. sushma yadav, who is a member of university grants commission and also professor at pubic policy and governance, iipa, new delhi. the chief guest at the event was gopio chairman dr. thomas abraham who spoke on the influence and contribution of the indian diaspora for indian political thinking from independence movement to the contemporary indian policies such as liberalization on the 1990s. ccs university vice chancellor narendra kumar taneja delivered the presidential address.
indian vision of political thinking conf.meerut conf.inaugural session.august 2017  
photo above: inaugural session of the conference: ipsa secretary/treasurer prof. sanjeev kumar sharma, shri rajendra agarwal mp, vice chancellor narendra kumar taneja, gopio chairman dr. thomas abraham and ipsa president prof. sushma yadav.
the conference continued for the rest of the day and next day. the sub-themes were as follows:
  1. prevalent global streams of political thinking
  2. indian vision of political thinking.
  1. profiling inherent indian political thought.
  2. international alternative models of political thinking.
  3. possibilities of indian alternatives in political thinking.
  4. role of indian diaspora in indian political thinking.
contact: dr. sanjeev kumar sharma, secretary and treasurer, indian political science association, professor and head department of political science, chaudhary charan singh university, meerut-250 005 (u.p.) india. email:-, cell:- +91-9412205348
two new gopio chapters are in the offing, gopio-noida and gopio-meerut
 two new gopio chapters in india are in the offing
gopio launched two new chapters in noida and meerut, august 2017. gopio chairman, dr. thomas abraham, who attended both meetings, recognized the enthusiasm of the participants.
the noida meeting was organized by mr. sandeep jain, while the meerut meeting was organized by dr. sanjeev kumar sharma at the university meerut.
while gopio is established very well outside india, gopio wants to bring the nri/pio community closer to people in india so as to form partnerships for mutual benefit and india's development. in the last two decades, many nris and pios have retuned back to india and are settling in various cities. in addition, many in india have connection with nris/pios through their children and siblings settled outside india. they are gopio's natural constituency with common interest along with businessmen and professionals who want to reach out nris/pios for comment interest. through gopio chapters in india we are trying reach them out and involve them for the larger interest of our communities and india.
a planning meeting to launch gopio-noida was held at hotel golf view in noida, near delhi. an loi has been filed with gopio international. gopio-noida chapter is expected to be inaugurated in january 2017.
planning meeting to launch gopio-noida.auguist 9, 2017  photo above: indravandan p. shah, gopio delhi/ncr president dhiraj ahuja, meeting organizer sandeep jain, ashwani kumar sharma, gopio chairman, dr. thomas abraham, former indian ambassador ashok k. attri, former navy commander vijay kapil, dinesh jain, vijay k. srivasatava and ajay goyal
contact sandeep jain at 09810356126, e-mail:
gopio-meerut chapter launch was held on august 12th at the seminar hall, department of political science, ccs university, meerut. attended by over 100 people, gopio international was represented by chairman dr. thomas abraham, gopio academic council chair dr. neerja arun gupta, gopio-delhi/ncr president dheeraj ahuja and gopio-sydney southwest president joseph thomas.
gopio-meerut launch
photo above: from l. to r.: dhiraj ahuja, prof. sanjeev kumar sharma, dr. yhomas abraham, joseph thomas and dr. neerja arun gupta
contact dr. sanjeev kumar sharma, head department of political science, chaudhary charan singh university, meerut-250 005 (u.p.),, cell:- +91-9412205348

gopio-bahrain to host biennial convention in january 2018
gopio international to hold biennial convention in bahrain
gopio international will hold its biennial conference in manama, bahrain, january 7-9, 2018.
members of gopio and leaders of several countries, will be among the 500+ delegates arriving in manama for the three-day conference, which has the support of the governments of india and bahrain.
bahrain's energy minister, dr. abdul hussain mirza welcomed the decision of gopio to hold the convention in the gulf kingdom.
sunny kulathakal, gopio's global ambassador and chief convener of the event, appreciated dr mirza's support for the global event that brings together delegates from 40 countries.
dr. thomas abraham, the new york based chairman of gopio stated "the overseas indians' convention also commemorates the return of indian leader mahatma gandhi from south africa to lead the independence struggle on january 9, 1915. since the government of india has planned to conduct pravasi bharatiya divas to mark gandhi's return every alternate year, gopio gets that slot for 2018."
some of the distinguished speakers will be sam pitroda, a pioneer in telecommunications and information technology, dr. shashi tharoor, member of indian parliament and former federal minister, lord billimoria,lord dilgit rana. prime minister of ireland, leo varadkar, former prime minister of trinidad and tobago, ms. kamala persad bissessar and former prime minister of fiji, mahendra chaudhary.
according to sunny kulathakal, "the bahrain convention will live up to gopio's role as a strategic networking platform for indian businessmen globally."
contact: sunny kulathakal, global ambassador, gopio international, e-mail:
gopio-bahrain chapter meeting in june 2017 to host biennial conventionphoto above: participants at a meeting organized by gopio-bahrain chapter with gopio's global ambassador sunny kulathakal (third from left), gopio international secretary dr. sai giridhar, bahrain chapter president dr. george cherian and other members at a lunch meeting at k-hotel. 
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the economist carries article on indian migration to european colonies
economist carries article on indian migration to european colonies

the latest issue economist (sept. 2017) has an article titled, "one hundred years since servitude -the legacy of indian migration to european colonies." the heading further says, "a century after india ended the system of indentured labor, its diaspora is building a shared identity."  

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gopio-north jersey celebrates india's 70th
independence day
 at a ceremony attended by over 350 indians, the mayor of clifton james anzaldiand members of clifton councils, gopio north new jersey chapter celebrated india's 70th independence day.

gopio international vice president ram gadhavi talked about the revolutionary wars waged by the largest democracy, india and the oldest democracy, usa.
gopio north jersey chapter president rajul shah was pleased that many women were now participating in the celebration while gicc vice chair prakash shah introduced the gopio international chamber of commerce and explained how it will help indo-usa trade.

the mayor of clifton and council members praised the contributions of indian immigrants to american society in the field of medicine, engineering, and education.

india inependence day in clifton,new jersey, august 13, 2017
photo above: bharat rana, ram gadhavi, mayor of clifton james anzaldi, rajul shah, prakash shah, pravin gadhavi and gaurang mehta
the indian flag raising ceremony was followed by the singing of the indian and american national anthems and light indian refreshments.
contact: rajul p. shah, president, gopio north jersey chapter,
gopio france paris women's council celebrates
mother's day

gopio-paris  organized a mother's day celebration on june 1, 2017.
melanie baumgartner, co-vice president of gopio france, lauded the role that mothers play and padmini ayassamy, the women council coordinator read a message sent by rita abraham, chairperson of gopio international women's council.
helene khim-tit, who initiated the sunrise school in agra with our gopio chapter, spoke about the progress that this school has made and the gopio women council conducted a fund raising program to celebrate mother's day for this school.
shri dhiraj mukhia honored this function and the chief guest, shri ashutosh shukla, manager of jet airways-france distributed gold and blue traveler's cards to our gopio members.
mothers day 2017 by opio france paris women councilphotos top left to right: helènekhim-tit, manisha warnakulasuriya, melanie baumgartner, maguielanglier, padmini ayassamy, nandita ramlogun, manisha warnakulasuriya and wendy ayassamy
photos bottom from left to right: mr dhiraj mukhia, first secretary embassy of india, manisha warnakulasuriya, mehen poinoosawmy (gopio france paris), mr ashutosh shukla (jet airways), grand mother, baby esperanza, anamika and vikas talwar (secretary gopio france paris)
contact: mehen poinoosawmy, president, gopio-paris nord,
gopio-ct organizes flag hoisting and india festival to celebrate india's 70th anniversary of independence
more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the first ever stamford india independence day celebration festival in stamford's mill river park on august 13, 2017. 
the celebrations organized by gopio-ct included flag-hoisting, dance performances by children and vendors selling indian jewelry and clothes. two restaurants - stamford's tangra biryani point and greenwich's india avenue - sold food at the brown selkowitz carousel pavilion.
mr. k. devadasan nair, indian consul for community affairs, nyc was the chief guest along with mayor david martin and other officials. also present were ct assembly man from glastonbury dr. prasad srinivasan. the american, indian and connecticut flags were hoisted by satish and shobha adige. 
gopio-ct president, mrs. anita bhat welcomed all the guests and mr. nair made a passionate speech. dr. beena ramachandran served as the master of ceremonies. the program included the song "saare jahan se accha" sung by sonali gannu and a violin rendition of "vandemataram" by anjo therattil.  following this, mr. ashok nichani and mr. arun dongre were commemorated with awards for their contribution to the community.
india independence day ceremony and flag stamford, ct, usa  
photos from top clockwise: gopio-ct officials with dignitaries at the stamford govt. center; satish and shobha adige family hoisting indian flags
while the morning program was taking place, mr. shelly nichani, past president of gopio and ms. amanda keith, manager of the mill river initiative were busy coordinating the vendors, restaurants and activities taking shape at stamford's mill river park.  both shelly and amanda along with others were a big part of the planning for this huge event.
after the flag-raising at the government center, people gathered at the park to enjoy the beautiful day; flying kites, enjoying delicious indian food and watching the colorful dance performances by indian children. some of the performances were by children from two dance schools - mauyra dance academy led by ramya gunashekar and dance x studios led by jayashree shrikanth.  nupur daptardar and mahika also danced to their favorite dance tune "udi udi jaye."  in between people enjoyed a quiet session of "mindfulness and meditation," under shady trees while a gentle breeze swayed around them.
the aromas of indian food wafting in the air lured the audience to the restaurant booths, while vendors lined one side and did a brisk business selling indian jewelry and clothes. the children also enjoyed face painting and henna designs on their hands.

gopio-ct india day festival 2017 at the mill river park, stamford, ct, usa
photos above: india independence day festival at mill river park
overall, the celebration of india's independence day was a very successful event. 
see photos from "2017-08-13 gopio-ct india independence day celebrations - morning flag raising!"
see photos from "2017-08-13 gopio-ct - stamford mill river park mela - fair!"
contact: anita bhat, president, gopio-ct, 203-524-2935,
gopio france joins town of val de reuil to celebrate bastille day
 gopio, france organized an indian cultural event to celebrate bastille day on july 14, 2017.
along with the traditional french military and civilian parades and the dances and fireworks that celebrate the core beliefs of "liberty, equality and fraternity", gopio also held an indian cultural and bollywood style show in val de reuil, a town near paris.
anwar hussain and his group of franco-indian musicians entertained a crowd of 4000 with bollywood songs that were enjoyed by all.
indian cultural event celebrating bastille day val de reuil
photo from l. to r.: flyer with gopio logo displayed in val de reuil, bollywood show with anwar husain and his franco-indian musical group followed by huge fireworks to close the event
contact: mehen poinoosawmy, president, gopio-paris nord,
gopio-kochi discusses returned nri issues
gopio-kochi organized a forum to discuss issues of returned nris in india on monday, august 21st at the bharat hotel, ernakulam. chaired by gopio-kochi president kurian abraham, the meeting was addressed by past president p.c. syriac, gopio human rights council chair advocate sivan madathil, gopio international coordinator for south asia shaji baby john, gopio central jersey life member alex vilanilam, and industrialist george paulose who is president and ceo of ames international. chief guest for the evening was dr. thomas abraham, chairman of gopio.
most speakers brought out the issues of increasing number of nris being laid off in the middle east creating larger issues for the states such as kerala, andhra pradesh, telangana and other states which have sent large number of people to the middle east.
dr. abraham gave an update of gopio programs and upcoming biennial convention in bahrain in january 2017. dr. abraham also gave an update about the gopio international chamber of commerce (gicc) and details of its launch in the usa after its inauguration in mumbai on january 10, 2017. he called upon to gopio-kochi to initiate the gicc activities at kochi at the earliest and suggested a tentative inauguration in january 2018.
gopio-kochi officials with speakers at the seminar  photo above: gopio-kochi officials with speakers at the meeting on august 21st
contact: kurian abraham, president, gopio-kochi,
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roivant's vivek ramaswamy raises $1.1 billion to start pharma startups
indian-american vivek ramaswamy plans to raise a sizable amount of funds for roivant and to use that fund to start more companies, which in turn will do their own fundraising.
so far roivant has invested in a series of spinouts, including arbutus (viral diseases), axovant (neurology), myovant (women's health and endocrine diseases), dermavant (dermatology), enzyvant (rare diseases), and urovant (urology).  these new funds will go towarddatavant, which is focused on accumulating siloed data to help judge the odds of success for drugs in clinical trials.
axovant's alzheimer's drug, intepirdine is targeted to relieve alzheimer's symptoms and restore memory.  if this occurs, as ramaswamy expects, it could be a multi-billion dollar product.
ramaswamyhas been able to lure some of biotech's biggest management talent to run these new entities. david hung who sold medivation to pfizer, heads axovant and lynn seely, took the helm at myovant. jacqualynfouse, the former chief financial officer at celgene, was recently appointed the executive chairman at dermavant.
ramaswamy states, "the ball's in our court, but i hope we're going to be doubling down or tripling down on the business model in the coming months if not in the coming years."
indian american krishna rajagopal named dean of digital learning at mit
indian-american professor, krishna rajagopal has been appointed dean for digital learning at massachusetts institute of technology,
rajagopal,william a.m. burden professor of physics and former chair of the mit faculty, will empower the faculty to use digital technologies to enhance their teaching methods. he will be building and strengthening connections between academic departments and the office of vice president for open learning, to facilitate broad-based engagement and bottom-up changes.
 while he was a member of the mit faculty, rajagopal helped with a study of the role of algorithmic reasoning and computational thinking in the context of the education of mit undergraduates. he was also instrumental in building a new faculty governance website and led efforts to create a new master of applied science (masc) degree at mit.
rajagopal has done research in theoretical physics, focused largely on how quarks - ordinarily confined within protons and neutrons - behave in extraordinary conditions. his work links nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, and string theory.
rajagopal is the author of about 100 papers and completed his phd at princeton university in 1993. after stints as a junior fellow at harvard university and a fairchild fellow at caltech, he joined the mit faculty in 1997.
 regarding his appointment as dean, he states "i am excited about this new challenge, as i will be helping mit faculty members take their passions for teaching and learning to new levels in ways that can have long-lasting impact across mit and around the world,"
emerging leaders named marshall fellows
the german marshall fund (gmf) has named 68 individuals as 2017-2018 marshall memorial fellows, among whom are indian-americans, suhail arastu, jaineybavishi and keerthika subramanian.
the fellowship program, created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of european leaders to the us, is the fund's flagship leadership development program.these awards recognize the best contributors in business, government, and civil society.
suhail arastu is the director of development at san antonio, texas-based musical bridges around the world (mbaw).  he got his bachelor's degree from u.c. berkeley. after his graduate studies, he worked in his family business-alamo gymnastics center and live oak allergy & asthma clinic.
jaineybavishi is the director of new york's office of recovery and resiliency. she most recently served as the associate director for climate preparedness at the white house council on environmental quality. earlier, she was the executive director of r3ady asia-pacific, based in honolulu, hawaii. she was also the director of external affairs and senior policy adviser to the administrator at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration in washington, d.c.
bavishi has a master's degree from the massachusetts institute of technology and a bachelor's degree from duke university.
keertikasubramanian is a corporate attorney based in the san francisco bay area. she is a member of the executive committee of the yale law school alumni association, a member of the corporate advisory board at powerstorm ess and a member of the yale club of san francisco board of directors.
subramanian earned a law degree from yale law school and a bachelor's degree from emory university.
arastu, bavishi, subramanian and the other 65 fellows will engage in six months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of policy immersion across the atlantic.
indian-american sravanth malla wins the 2017 south asian spelling bee
 after facing tough competition, indian-american teenager sravanthmalla, 13, of haverstraw, new york, won the 10th national south asian spelling bee in edison, new jersey. he clinched this by correctly spelling the winning word "chytridiales", which means an order of simple, aquatic fungi of the phylum chytridiomycota.
sreenikethvogoti, of st. johns, florida came second and navneeth murali, of torrance, california came third.
 although many of the children had participated in the spelling bee in earlier years, it was a proud moment for the youngest, first-time participant and finalist, aarana tailor, 7, of accra, ghana.
 the winner, sravanthmalla told news india times that he planned to save his winnings of $3,000 for college. 
"i feel ecstatic" he stated and added that the spelling bee is really a competition against the dictionary and not other spellers.
dev patel and prince agha khan are recipients of 2017 asia game changer awardees
the talented indo-british actor, dev patel and his highness the aga khan, spiritual leader to the world's 15 million ismaili muslims, are among the nine recipients of the 2017 asia game changers awards. this award recognizes those who make a transformative and positive difference for the future of asia and the world.
 "in a world of challenges, it is important to honor the dreamers and leaders, those who take action and those who inspire us to build a better world," said asia society president, josette sheeran. she stated, "this year's game changers have each made a significant difference through a unique vision, perseverance, and courage."
dev patel, who became the face of indian actors in hollywood after his role in slumdog millionaire, is transforming the lives of many people in india, with his charitable endeavors.  his campaign has raised over $250,000 in support of india's millions of homeless children.
shanti bhavan, a k-12, free, residential school for poor children founded by indian-american, abraham george has been featured in a documentary 'daughters of destiny'.  this documentary is an eye-opener for those who want to contribute to india and help fight the ravages of poverty.
while there are many organizations doing some commendable work to help the poor in india, it is heartening to note that the efforts of people such as abraham george, aga khan and dev patel are being brought forward to a global audience.
indian-american anantha chandrakasan appointed dean of mit's school of engineering
dr. anantha p chandrakasan, the indian-origin head of the department of electrical engineering and computer science (eecs) at the massachusetts institute of technology (mit), has been named dean of the university's school of engineering, effective july 1, 2017
chandrakasan earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the university of california at berkeley.
since joining the mit faculty in 1994, chandrakasan has worked on making electronic circuits more energy efficient. his early work on low-power chips for portable computers helped to develop smartphones and other mobile devices.
chandrakasan has spearheaded and launched a number of initiatives on behalf of the department's students, such as the eecs' rising stars program. this is an event that convenes graduate and postdoctoral women to share advice about the early stages of an academic career
chandrakasan currently lives in belmont, massachusetts, with his wife and three children.
indian american google ceo sundar pichai joins alphabet's board of directors
alphabet has announced that google ceo, sundarpichai will be joining its board of is alphabet's prime moneymaker, contributing approximately 90% of revenue. this move gives the key company another vote in the decision-making process.
pichai is best known for doubling down on google's commitment to artificial intelligence, which has led to many improvements for google's consumer and enterprise services.
alphabet ceo larry page stated "sundar has been doing a great job as google's ceo, driving strong growth, partnerships, and tremendous product innovation. i really enjoy working with him and i'm excited that he is joining the alphabet board."

former carnegie mellon head dr. subra suresh named president of singapores's nanyang technological university
former carnegie mellon university president subra suresh, who stepped down from his post last month, will be the next president of nanyang technological university (ntu) in singapore.ntu, a research-intensive public university, has been ranked the 11th best university in the world and the first in asia by qs world university rankings
"i am excited to have the honor of leading ntu, with its rich history, heritage and beautiful, cosmopolitan campus in a vibrant city state, serving as a global hub for finance, commerce, education, research and culture at the crossroads of asia, at a time when asia is poised to take a significant leadership role in shaping the 21st century," said the indian-american academic leader in a press release issued by ntu.
according to koh boon hwee, chairman of the ntu board of trustees, "prof. suresh understands the singapore higher education and research systems, as well as those in north america, europe, china and india, having actively engaged with various public and private agencies and boards, and as a member of a number of national academies of science and engineering."
while suresh served as president of cmu, the university built a new quadrangle, which was partly funded by a $67 million gift from an alumnus. suresh also created the swartz center for entrepreneurship with a $31 million gift from another alumnus. he was able to secure $200 million in new contributions to support the university's presidential fellowships and scholarships program, which he established in 2014.
indian-american dr. thomas zacharia named as director of oak ridge national laboratory
dr. thomas zacharia has been named the new director of the oak ridge national laboratory (ornl), the u.s. department of energy (doe)stated.
zacharia, who also serves as a professor at the university of tennessee, was unanimously selected by the ut-battelle board of governors. 
he holds a b.s. in mechanical engineering from the national institute of technology in karnataka, india; an m.s. in materials science from the university of mississippi, and a doctorate in engineering science from clarkson university.
zacharia's career at ornl started in 1987 as a postdoctoral researcher. since then he has worked in a variety of roles that made him extremely well-versed with ornl, its programs and the doe national laboratories system.
according to the doe, zacharia has been successful in extending ornl's reach as one of the world's leading research institutions, and in broadening partnerships with the academic community across multiple disciplines.
u.s. sen. lamar alexander of tennessee stated, "tennesseans know that oak ridge provides thousands of jobs for our state and higher family incomes.
dr. thomas zacharia is the right person to lead the oak ridge national laboratory, where he has already helped steer the lab to excellence in supercomputing, science and energy research, and advanced manufacturing."
sanjeev kulkarni named dean of the princeton university faculty
sanjeev kulkarni, the dean of the princeton university graduate school and an electrical engineering professor, was named the university's dean of the faculty. the indian american educator has developed a number of opportunities for collaborative teaching between princeton faculty and graduate students.
kulkarni has been dean at the graduate school since april 2014. he serves as an associated faculty member in the department of operations research and financial engineering and in the philosophy department.
as graduate school dean, kulkarni led the strategic planning task force on the future of the graduate school and implemented a funding program for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.
under his leadership, the graduate school created an assistant dean position for professional development and developed a number of new programs. these included the university administrative fellows, opportunities for collaborativeteaching between princeton faculty and graduate students and a partnership with mercer county community college to provide teaching opportunities and mentorship for princeton graduate students.
kulkarni, who holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from clarkson university, joined the university as a faculty member in 1991. after completing a master's degree in electrical engineering at stanford university, he earned his doctorate in electrical engineering at the massachusetts institute of technology.
"faculty are the foundation of any great university, and it will be a pleasure and an honor to work with and support princeton's outstanding faculty," kulkarni said. he added "i look forward to working with scholars, teachers, and researchers across the full range of academic departments and programs at the university."

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5 indian-americans among 2017 us politico 50 list
five indian-americans have figured in the 2017 politico 50 list for their note-worthy contributions in us politics.
led by us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, the list also comprises seema verma who heads a top health-care position in the trump administration, lawyer neal katyal, economist aparna mathur and lawyer neomi rao.
nikki haley (ranked 22) the former south carolina governor, has emerged as the "go-to" person for clarifications about the trump administration's views on global affairs.
 seema verma (ranked 26) the administrator at the center for medicare and medicaid services, has been described as "medicaid rollback engineer" who leads a federal organization that oversees not just obamacare but medicare for seniors and medicaid for the poor.
aparna mathur (ranked 32) is an economist at the american enterprise institute.
neal katyal (ranked 40) is a partner at hogan lovells and is described as president trump's travel ban's "legal nemesis". he has argued that trump's ban runs afoul of immigration laws on the books that determine whom the president can exclude from the country and how visas are issued.
neomi rao (ranked 42) director, office of information and regulatory affairs has been called "washington's new regulatory czar".as head of oira, rao will scrutinize all significant regulations that the trump administration proposes, ensuring that agencies adhere to the white house's agenda. 
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2.1 million indians applied for the us h-1b visas in 11 years
according to a report from the us citizenship and immigration services (uscis),over 21 lakh indian technology professionals have applied for h-1b work visas in the last 11 years.
the h-1b visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows us companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. the technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.
the indians who have applied for the h-1b visa are well-educated and on an average, their salary over the last 11 years has been usd 92,317. according to the uscis report, indians form the bulk of the visa applicants; they account for 2.1 million out of 3.4 million applicants.
the report said the majority of the h-1b visas holders were in the age group of 25-34 years, and most of them were from computer-related occupations.
some people past retirement age havealso been given h-1b visas. this year alone, so far 122 h-1b visas have been allocated to those above 65 years.
the trump administration is currently reviewing the h-1b visa policy as it thinks that the visa is being misused by companies to replace american workers.
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