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How to Make Spring Cleaning a Learning Opportunity for Your Student

How to Make Spring Cleaning a Learning Opportunity for Your Student

It’s that time of year again; the time to get rid of unnecessary or unwanted items and deep clean all those nooks and crannies of your home that usually go unaddressed. You’ve taken on spring cleaning year after year, but what you may not realize is the learning opportunities it presents for your student. Teaching […]

Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program $1,000 Scholarship Awards

Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program  $1,000 Scholarship Awards

About The Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program is funded by Southwestern National Bank to recognize and assist outstanding high school graduates reduce the financial burden for college. Southwestern National Bank Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each year a total of […]

University of Houston Day at India House

University of Houston Day at India House

HOUSTON: On Monday, January 30, enthusiastic youngsters, most of them with parents or other family members came to attend the University of Houston Day at India House, to figure out how to navigate towards their future career. Together, India House and University of Houston, under the leadership of President Dr. Renu Khator, who is also […]

Houston Chapter President visits an Ekal School in Maharashtra

Houston Chapter President visits an Ekal School in Maharashtra

HOUSTON: Have you ever wondered what it might be like to spend a day visiting with one of 55 plus thousand Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Schools in the remote and tribal villages of India?  Well, that was exactly what the new incoming president of the Ekal Houston local chapter, Pankaj Desai and his wife, Urmi Desai, […]

Reenergize Your Student: Five Tips for a Productive Start to Second Semester

Reenergize Your Student: Five Tips for a Productive Start to Second Semester

HOUSTON: All the excitement and anticipation of the holidays has finally fizzled as we enter the new year. We’re all a little familiar with the post-holiday blues, as the lights come down and the decorations are stored for another ten months. While it can be tempting to just start counting down the days until summer […]

Indian-origin teens bag $100K in US science contest

Indian-origin teens bag $100K in US science contest

HOUSTON: Three Indian-origin teenagers, including identical twin sisters, in the US have bagged a scholarship worth $100,000 in a science competition for their innovative research that will help doctors diagnose health problems like schizophrenia. Shriya and Adhya Beesam, 16, who are grade 11 students in Plano, Texas won the competition in the 17th annual Siemens […]

Over two lakh Indians studying in American universities: Report

Over two lakh Indians studying in American universities: Report

WASHINGTON: As many as 2,06,582 Indians are currently enrolled in American universities and institutes of higher education, registering a growth of over 14 per cent, with most of them studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) courses, according to new official figures. In its latest report released on Thursday, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) […]

Avoiding Holiday Brain Drain During Winter Break

Avoiding Holiday Brain Drain During Winter Break

HOUSTON: While it sure is nice to kick back and unwind once school is out for winter break, you and your child should be wary of completely turning off their brains for a two or three-week period. Not unlike the “Summer Slide,” winter break can be a time when students shut down and lose a […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 18

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 18

The story thus far…After the defeat of Japan in August 1945, Britain agreed to a planned withdrawal from India. All through his life Gandhi had worked for unity between Hindus and Muslims, without much success. There was a large section of nationalist Muslim in the Congress but leaders of the Muslim League were drifting further […]

Mahatma Gandhi Week 2016 Speech Contest

Mahatma Gandhi Week 2016 Speech Contest

HOUSTON: Many know him as Mahatma and many more know him as father of Bharat, India.  But the world knows him as an apostle of peace and non-violence.  Anyone ever wanted to know more about Gandhi ji and his values should have listened to the mesmerizing speeches delivered by more than 30 children at the […]

A Happy Beginning for Chinmaya Bala Vihar

A Happy Beginning for Chinmaya Bala Vihar

By Padmashree Rao HOUSTON: Every new beginning, particularly in the path of knowledge, has a special aura — a magic that is tangible, and an importance so valuable. Such a special glow was clearly visible on September 11, when Bala Vihar reopened its doors at Chinmaya Prabha Houston to heartily welcome over a thousand precious […]

Foundation for India Studies Receives Support from Baylor University’s Institute of Oral History

Foundation for India Studies Receives Support from Baylor University’s Institute of Oral History

HOUSTON: Foundation for India Studies (FIS) has received the support of Baylor University’s Institute of Oral History. “Baylor University’s institutional support will certainly provide us with the much needed impetus and academic guidance in recording the oral histories of people affected by the 1947 partition of India” said FIS  Founder-Chairman, Kr ishna Vavilala. FIS recently completed 55 oral histories of the first-generation Indo- Americans living in the […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 16

The Extraordinary Life and Times  of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 16

The story thus far…During the latter part of 1920 Gandhi advocated a triple boycott. He wanted an absolute boycott of the Government and all government institutions, including schools, colleges, and courts. If the people were free of these they could easily have their own schools, colleges, and courts, and the power of the British would […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 15

The Extraordinary Life and Times  of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 15

Gandhi fights British attempt to divide Hindus The story thus far…Early in 1932 Gandhi wanted to meet the new Viceroy, Lord Willlingdon, but the Viceroy made it clear that the days of negotiations were over. Gandhi informed the authorities that he was again starting a civil disobedience movement. The Viceroy thought it was a threat […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 13

The Extraordinary Life and  Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 13

The story thus far…It was announced that a meeting was to be held in a garden called Jallianwala Bagh, to protest against the government’s actions. General Dyer took no measures to prevent the meeting. He reached the place soon after the meeting began and he took with him armored cars and troops. Without giving any […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 12

The Extraordinary Life and  Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 12

The Story thus far…A separate institution named Satyagraha Sabha was formed with headquarters in Bombay. There were agitations everywhere against the Rowlatt Committee’s report. But the government was determined to implement the Rowlatt recommendations and in 1919, the Rowlatt Bill was introduced. When the bill was debated in India’s Legislative Chamber, Gandhi attended as a […]

Chinmaya Mission Houston Bala Vihar : Where Families Grow Together

Chinmaya Mission Houston Bala Vihar : Where Families Grow Together

By Yuthika Gundamaraju & Vinod Sharma HOUSTON: Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Chinmaya Mission Houston embodies this ideology completely, through the medium of teaching Hindu culture. Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar is a Sunday school in which children are gradually introduced […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 11

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 11

The story thus far…For two years Gandhi traveled extensively in India and had talked at different places. His interest first centered on the problem of indentured labor where poor, ignorant laborers were enticed away from India to work in the British colonies. He disapproved of this system in South Africa, fought it there, and he […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 10

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 10

The story thus far….Gandhi permitted a lower caste family to reside at the ashram that he established at Ahmedabad. He met with much opposition. He also amazed and angered the British officers, upper-class Indians, and friends gathered at a foundation stone laying ceremony at Banaras University by speaking out against usage of the English language […]

Hindu Heritage Youth Camp

Hindu Heritage Youth Camp

By Trisha Ashar HOUSTON: It began with a single goal: to promote the Hindu dharma. Fast forward 32 years, and the annual Hindu Heritage Youth Camp (HHYC) not only continues to inspire young Hindus, but also engages its campers with activities such as Holi celebrations, sunrise yoga, and garba-raas. This year, HHYC boasts a full […]

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