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FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

FIS Presents Distinguished Lecture on India-China Competition

Houston: On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) presented its first virtual webinar in its Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture, titled “India China Competition in South Asia: the Past, Present and Future,” was presented by Dr. Constantino Xavier of the Brookings Institute in New Delhi. Dr. Xavier’s presentation focused on the […]

Celebration of the Indo-American Heritage Set for May 12

Celebration of the Indo-American Heritage Set for May 12

HOUSTON: For the second time in three years, Houston Public Library (HPL) and Foundation for India Studies have once again joined hands to put spotlight on the Indo-Americans and celebrate their Indian heritage. The FIS-HPL Project Team met at Jungman Library on April 30, to work out the details of the event. This year’s celebration will take […]

FIS Lecture Series on India-Israel Relations Features CGs of Both Countries

FIS Lecture Series on India-Israel Relations Features CGs of Both Countries

By Nish Bhan HOUSTON: India House was the venue for a recent discussion of India-Israeli relations in the current geopolitical climate. Held on Sunday, February 18, the event was arranged by the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) under its Distinguished Lecture Series. The distinguished speakers were Gilad Katz, Consul General of Israel in Houston, who […]

Foundation for India Studies Participates in 24th Annual MLK Grand Parade for Seventh Year in a Row

By Pranav Konduri & Shravya Aparasu HOUSTON: On an unexpectedly clear weather day of fifteenth of January 2018 thousands of Houstonians came together in Midtown Houston to celebrate a momentous occasion, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. FIS joined the parade to honor a great man who adopted Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence in his struggle […]

Join FIS in MLK Grand Parade 2018

Join FIS in MLK Grand Parade 2018

By Pranav Konduri HOUSTON: Foundation for India Studies is gearing up to participate in the 24th Annual Houston MLK Jr. Grand Parade. This participation for seventh year in a row takes a unique significance for all Indian Americans in Greater Houston because of the parade’s theme “The Color of Unity” The word “unity” is defined […]

Baylor Expert Trains Oral History Students at HCC

Baylor Expert Trains  Oral History Students at HCC

HOUSTON: Adrienne Cain, a Baylor University expert in oral history, recently held a training session at Houston Community College’s Central campus. Some of the trained HCC students will be mentored by Foundation for India Studies (FIS) with practical training in production of its oral history interviews. The training session was organized by Ravi Brahmbhatt, who […]

Babu Gogineni: Confronting Superstition as a Humanist, Rationalist

Babu Gogineni: Confronting Superstition as a Humanist, Rationalist

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: If you’re reading this article, you are a well-educated and well-informed Indo-American. Nevertheless, do you believe in superstitions? Do you feel apprehensive if a black cat crosses your path? Do you check your weekly horoscope in newspapers and ward off accidents by tying a lemon and peppers on your new car? […]

FIS Honors Judith Holt, Retiring from Houston Public Library

FIS Honors Judith Holt, Retiring from Houston Public Library

HOUSTON: Judith Hiott, Chief of the Houston Area Library Automated Network (HALAN), a staunch supporter of the Foundation for India Studies (FIS), retired after 27 years of service with the City of Houston. Judith was honored at a retirement celebration at the Julia Ideson Building. FIS collaboration with HPL started way back in January 2007 […]

HPL and FIS to Join Hands to Celebrate Indo-American Heritage iDay in 2018

HPL and FIS to Join Hands to Celebrate Indo-American Heritage iDay in 2018

HOUSTON: Houston Public Library (HPL) and Foundation for India Studies (FIS) have met in Julia Ideson Library on March 9, to plan for Indo-American Heritage Celebrations in 2018 highlighting India’s heritage. HPL and the Foundation for India Studies will co-lead the effort to plan the event in 2018. Encouraged by the success of last year’s […]

FIS Scores Partnership with SAADA

FIS Scores Partnership with SAADA

HOUSTON: Philadelphia,PA based South Asian American Digital Archives (SAADA), a non-profit 501(c3) organization has sought partnership with Houston based Foundation for India Studies (FIS) to create a more inclusive voice to South Asian Americans at the national level by documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent Indian immigrants’ unique and diverse experiences. SAADA’s existing partnerships with Asian Indian […]

Foundation For India Studies (FIS)  Participates in 23rd MLK Grande Parade

Foundation For India Studies (FIS)  Participates in 23rd MLK Grande Parade

By Raghavender Nednur HOUSTON: For the sixth year in a row Foundation for India Studies (FIS) has participated in the 23rd annual MLK Jr. Grande Parade held in Midtown on January 16, which was a  declared a public holiday. Readers may recall that FIS was the recipient of the 2015 Grand Marshall award. It was a fun […]

Justice Hegde Decries Decline of Moral Values for India’s Corruption

Justice Hegde Decries Decline of Moral Values for India’s Corruption

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: Foundation for India Studies (FIS) featured a crusader against corruption as the latest speaker for its Distinguished Lecture Series. Despite the short notice, more than a 100 FIS members and guests attended Justice Santosh Hegde’s passionate lecture on the causes of India’s systemic corruption and possible solutions on Thursday, Sept. 29 […]

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 […]

FIS’ Vavilala Presents Keynote Speech at Asian-Pacific Heritage Celebrations

FIS’ Vavilala Presents Keynote Speech at Asian-Pacific Heritage Celebrations

HOUSTON: “Walk Together-Embrace Differences-Build Legacies” was the theme of the Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration hosted on May 19th by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security honoring the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Mr. Krishna Vavilala (center), founder-chairman of the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) was […]

Foundation for India Studies Celebrates 10th Anniversary, 50 Oral Histories

Foundation for India Studies Celebrates 10th Anniversary, 50 Oral Histories

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON:  The Indian community has made its karmabhoomi (workplace) since the late 1960s and is now a major contributor to the ethnic diversity of fourth largest city in the United States. As a recognition of the Indian community’s presence, the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) held its first India Heritage Day at […]

Celebrate Indo-American Heritage Day

Celebrate Indo-American Heritage Day

HOUSTON: The Foundation for India Studies (FIS) in partnership with the Houston Public Library (HPL) and Houston Community College (HCC) invites the community to an exciting celebration for Indo-American Heritage Day, Our Roots, Our voices, Our Heritage, Our Contributions.  The Indo-American Heritage Day celebration will take place on Saturday, March 26, from 1 PM to […]

FIS Receives 2015 MLK Grand Marshal’s Award 

FIS Receives 2015 MLK Grand Marshal’s Award 

HOUSTON: The MLK Grand Marshall Award citation letter read: “This Is to Inform You the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) Has Been Selected to Receive Our Organization’s Highest Award. The MLK Grand Marshal’s Award is Presented To Those Organizations And Individuals That Have Demonstrated The Doctrines And Principles Of Gandhi And King Through Their Daily Activities And Life […]