AIF gala raises $1 million
SUMAN GUHA MOZUMDER
The American India Foundation’s New England Chapter raised $1.03 million for its programs in India as it celebrated its annual ‘Bow Ties and Bangles’
gala last month.
The evening, themed ‘The Celebration of
Philanthropy’, drew over 400 AIF supporters for an evening of giving, fine dining and
entertainment, in support for the AIF’s
mission of catalyzing social and economic
change in India.
Attendees included Venkat and Pratima
Srinivasan, gala chairs and AIF trustees;
India Abroad Personal Finance Columnist
Raj Sharma and his wife Nalini Sharma,
members of the AIF board of directors;
Pradeep Kashyap, vice chair, AIF; and
Anjali Sharma, AIF board member and
Raj Sharma conducted a pledge drive giving donors a presentation on where the
money raised from last year’s gala was used.
He applauded the donors for their generosity and their commitment to India.
The gala honored Mark E Nunnelly, man-
Mark Nunnelly, right, with Pradeep Kashyap, center
aging director, Bain Capital, for leadership
and philanthropy. Anant Agarwal, president, Edx, received a special award for
leadership in science and education.
Nunnelly said, ‘We are all here tonight to
pay tribute to the passion and generosity of
people in this room and enabling AIF to
make a difference.’
Recalling his first visit to India as a back-
packer in the 1980s to Calcutta, Delhi and
Bangalore, he said what he witnessed was a
kaleidoscope of color, flavor, a deep sense of
family and a remarkable aura of hospitality.
Since then, he said, he has been to India
20 times and marveled at the changes that
have taken place.
‘Along with success comes an obligation
to give back’, he said. ‘Right now 40 percent
of India’s population is in the middle class
with a prediction that in the future 500
million will reach that status. When more
that 800 million earn less than $2 a day
and 93 percent of its people are in the
informal sector and 53 percent drop out
before the 8th grade, it shows that organizations like AIF and others have a significant role to play in the future.’
Professors honored for
Professor Yogesh Jaluria
Yogesh Jaluria and Manish Parashar are among five Rutgers University professors the American Association
for the Advancement of Science has elevated to the rank of Fellow.
The AAAS selects fellows based on their
efforts in advancing science or fostering
applications considered scientifically or
Jaluria, a professor at the department of
mechanical and aerospace engineering,
School of Engineering, is a leading authority in thermal science and engineering, and
has been recognized for contributions to
fundamental and applied knowledge of
heat transfer and fluid mechanics.
AAAS cited Jaluria ‘for
outstanding pioneering con-
tributions to the field of ther-
mal science and engineering,
particularly to materials pro-
flows, fire spread, energy
storage and environmental
Parashar, a professor at the
department of electrical and
computer engineering, has
made pioneering contribu-
tions to high-performance
computing, specifically in
parallel and distributed sys-
tems that run massive pro-
cessing tasks on multiple
AAAS lauded Parashar ‘for
to high-performance parallel and distrib-
uted computing and its application to the
advancement of computational science and
Jaluria and Parashar will receive an offi-
cial certificate and a gold and blue rosette
pin February 16 at the AAAS Fellows
Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual
Meeting in Boston.
Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s
largest general scientific society and works
to advance science for human well-being
through its projects, programs and publications. The tradition of selecting AAAS fellows began in 1874.
Professor Manish Parashar
— George Joseph
A performance at the event
Silicon Valley desis
salute their own
Zindagi 1550 AM and owner of two
restaurants, Parantha Point and Biryani
Bowl, in Fremont.
Dr Poonam Sansanwal and Dr Dalvir
Pannu were recognized for their work in
science and technology.
Sansanwal works on finding ways to deal
with cystinosis, a rare genetic disease that
destroys every organ in the body.
Pannu is a dentist at the Pannu Dental
Group, which has four locations in the Bay
Pratham and the International Deve-
lopment Exchange won in the nonprofit