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Nayan Parikh sworn in new SIAEA president

Consul General Prabhu Dayal administering the oath of office to Nayan Parikh

Leading professionals, public officials and community leaders cheered and applauded as youthful and energetic Nayan Parikh took oath of office as the newly elected president of Society of Indo American Engineers and Architects (SIAEA), the representative body of engineers and architects of Indian origin. The swearing in ceremony was held in Edison, NJ. Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, Consul-General of India in New York, administered the oath of office to Parikh who took over as president for a two year term. Parikh’s entire team of executive committee comprising president-elect Mihir Patel, vice president Ketan Shah, secretary Samir Shah and Treasurer Shishir Agarwal also took oath of their offices.

Indian-American named dean of Vermont business school

Indian- American Professor SanjaySharma , dean of the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, has been appointed dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont. Sharma comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education. During his four-year tenure at JMSB, the sixth largest university in Canada with more than 45,000 students, the varsity established itself as one of the top business schools globally. Sharma earned his doctorate in management in 1996 from the University of Calgary and his MBA in 1976 from Punjab University.

KKSF felicitates five youth

Shanti Kumar, left and Dr Nori, second from right, with the award winners at the gala

Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation (KKSF) and AIM for Seva had organized a gala event recently to recognize exceptionally talented and service-minded youth for their exemplary service to society and putting their career dreams on hold. The five youth from different walks of life who were recognized are Rajiv Jayadevan, a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Brown University who is pursuing an MD degree in Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Ankit Shah, doing B.S degree in Economics at Wharton School of Business; Yaagnik Kosuri and Patrick Hendrik Christian van Nieuwenhuizen, graduates of Princeton University and co founders of UPENYU, an organization that fights diseases in Zimbabwe and Neel Chugh, a graduate of Tufts University and a volunteer at Teach for America program.

Mehta honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mehta with his wife Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas

Acclaimed music conductor Zubin Mehta has been honored with a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. The honor coincides with his 50th anniversary as a conductor and his 75th birthday, news reports said. Mehta received the 2,434th star at a March 1 ceremony near the north- east corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. He was joined by his wife, Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas. Members of the Los Angeles, Israel and Vienna philharmonics performed during the ceremony , reports said. Mehta was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1962-78, led the Montreal Symphony Orchestra from 1961-67 and held the same post with the New York Philharmonic from 1978-91. He has conducted more than 3,000 concerts with his ensemble, including tours spanning five continents.

SBI’s Jackson Heights branch inaugurated

Shankaran Chandramouli, Country Head, State Bank of India, US Operations, Richard H Neiman, Superintendent, New York State Banking Department & Sujit Kumar Varma, CEO, SBI, New York.

The State Bank of India, US Operations, opened Jackson Heights branch on 28th February, thus fulfilling the long standing demand of the local community. Richard H Nieman, Superintendent, New York State Banking Department, inaugurated the branch. Speaking on the occasion Neiman recalled that SBI had a long relationship with New York State Banking Department starting from 1967 when its representative office was opened in New York. Neiman mentioned that SBI had contributed significantly to the Indo-US trade and opening of the Jackson Heights branch would further enhance the trade relations between the two countries. Shankaran Chandramouli, Country Head, SBI, US Operations, in his welcome address mentioned SBI had a unique bond of affection with New York dating back to 1971 when its first branch was opened.

Pratham receives $1.2 Million Skoll award

Pratham Foundation and its president and CEO have been named among recipients of this year's Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based Skoll Foundation seeks to promote change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators. Pratham will receive a three- year $1,235,000 grant from the Skoll Foundation to create an institution dedicated to identifying, training, and nurturing of leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, people who will run Pratham programs around the country. "Madhav Chavan is transforming India's approach to children's literacy and education," Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation said.