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The IIT Alumni Want to Show Off the Bayou City at its Global Conference

IITAGH President Witty Bindra speaking to an attentive group under the covered eating pavilion at Lost Creek Park.

By Jawahar Malhotra

SUGAR LAND: Last year at the picnic they held at a private clubhouse in Sweetwater area the Indian Institute of Technology Alumni of Greater Houston (IITAGH) had no idea that they were going to host a scoop for the community when one of the guests, Sonal Bhuchar a former Sugar Land ISD Trustee, revealed that she was going to run for a Texas House race. The “picnic” really ended up indoors in air-conditioned comfort, with a clown for the kids and catered food.

This year, the IIT alumni held a more traditional picnic on Saturday, October 20, though the folks at Dhakshin restaurant did the catering and even cooking dosas on a hot flat-plate, at Lost Creek Park off Shelters Way, for about 150 of their members and their families. And this year, they let loose a major announcement of their own, revealing that they had been selected by the IIT Board, USA to host the IIT 2013 Global Conference next year from December 6 to 8.

The food for the picnic was caterted by Dhakshin restaurant.

“This is really a great honor for us as we expect up to 3,000 people from across the world to attend,” explained the current IITAGH President Witty Bindra, who is also the Chairman of the conference, as he spoke to an attentive group under the covered eating pavilion, prancing little kids and hungry eaters notwithstanding. Bindra showed the hierarchy of the organization that has been set up to handle the logistics on a wide screen set up for a follow-up song competition organized by a new company, Ganna Pechanna (What’s That Song?) launched recently by Ram Seetharam, himself an IIT Madras alum.

Members of Ganna Pechanna company launched by Ram Seetharam (second from left). Photos: Jawahar Malhotra

Bindra was followed by the Conference Marketing Director, Partha Chatterjee and Vice-Chair Pratish Kanani, both of whom laid out their plans and invited all the members to work with them to pull off a great show for the Houston Chapter. Chatterjee revealed that the budget was between $600,000 to $800,000 for the three day conference.

Roopa Gir, an earnest alum who recently retired from Schlumberger and has worked hard putting the last IIT event together (see IAN September 28, 2012) at the Asia Society addressed the crowd to enlist them in making the function that would put Houston on the IIT Global map. She was followed by Sundy Srinivasan who implored people to bring in at least another member to the conference, and certainly more.

Roopa Gir, an earnest alum who recently retired from Schlumberger, addressing the crowd.

The Conference will focus on business innovation, social collaboration, and serving humanity with breakout sessions, keynote speeches, and discussions will focus on energy, bioscience, space and high technology – areas in which Houston provides global leadership and expertise – and top it off with a good dosage of fine arts and global affairs. More details will follow in the upcoming weeks as they become available and the plans get firmed up.


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