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Puranik Foundation Flourishes at Inaugural Lotus Innovation Awards Gala

Puranik Foundation Flourishes at Inaugural Lotus Innovation Awards Gala

HOUSTON: The Puranik Foundation flourished at the Inaugural Lotus Innovation Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2022, with three generations of women who share a mission of providing educational opportunities that open minds, stimulate holistic perspectives and inspire transformation. The Puranik Foundation and more than 400 guests celebrated the first The Energy Project, a semester-long […]

SAFEST: South Asians for Each Other’s Spiritual Toning

SAFEST: South Asians for Each Other’s Spiritual Toning

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: Over time, some of us are susceptible to bouts of loneliness, despondency, and possible depression. Psychological studies have suggested that interaction with a support group has medicinal qualities that may help us achieve mental wellbeing as well as develop lasting friendships. One such support group is SAFEST, which meets once a […]

Houston’s Payal Patel Joins HHS Health Advisory Council

Houston’s Payal Patel Joins HHS Health Advisory Council

ANN ARBOR: Dr. Patel is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Michigan and the Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her interests include infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship implementation work in the US and globally. She is recognized as […]

Vatsal Sharda’s Journey as Robotics Champion

Vatsal Sharda’s Journey as Robotics Champion

HOUSTON: Vatsal Sharda, a sixth grader and his First Lego League (FLL) Challenge team – TechBlaze won the 1st place Champions award with the highest Robot Score in Texas Regionals. They will now compete at the FLL World Championship against the best teams from the USA and across the world. Kavita Sharda, Coach of the […]

Instructive Dodumentary: “Such is Life”

Instructive Dodumentary: “Such is Life”

SUGAR LAND: Imagine not knowing what and where your assets are at the most vulnerable time of your life. Suddenly you are thrown from the denial stage to absolute reality when a spouse is gone. This short film – Such is Life – opens your eyes to the importance of arranging financial and legal affairs […]

Paying it Forward …

Paying it Forward …

By Sachin Jakhotya PUNE: 21st March is celebrated as World Down’s Syndrome Day.  It is quite subtle to understand why it is celebrated on 21st March – The 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down’s syndrome…No wonder this […]

Artistic Talent Pays Off with Rodeo Art Scholarship

Artistic Talent Pays Off with Rodeo Art Scholarship

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Never in her dreams did she imagine that an interest in painting that started in the backroom classes at Hobby Lobby in 3rd grade would get her so much recognition. But the persistency with which she built up her brush strokes and an eye for color and capturing how light falls […]

YLDP Students Learn about Defining Strategic Leadership

YLDP Students Learn about Defining Strategic Leadership

By Prisha Menon HOUSTON: When we think about the process of growing a plant, we gravitate immediately towards the factors that are necessary to help the plant prosper in its selective environment. Though certain areas can only provide specific resources, through natural selection, only a few are able to survive. Like these plants, we humans […]

Wadhwanis Endow Lone Star College Scholarship

Wadhwanis Endow Lone Star College Scholarship

CYPRESS: After nearly two decades of support for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program at Lone Star College-CyFair, Ishu and Ashok Wadhwani will now provide a financial helping hand with an endowment scholarship. The Wadhwanis, who owned two successful companies specializing in geospatial systems integration and data management services for more than 35 years, said LSC-CyFair’s GIS associate degree program has become […]

Ashwin Rao: Eagle Scout from Village School

Ashwin Rao: Eagle Scout from Village School

HOUSTON: Ashwin Rao, a sophomore from The Village School, a private pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school located in the Energy Corridor, has developed a passion for robotics. He enjoys it so much that he wanted to make sure students in three of Houston’s underprivileged schools had the same opportunity and access to robotics as he did. […]

FCCRS Hosts Virtual fundraiser for Cancer Patient Manish Arora

FCCRS Hosts Virtual fundraiser for Cancer Patient Manish Arora

HOUSTON: The Foundation For Children Cancer, Research and Support, a Houston-based non-profit held a magnificent on-line fundraiser on Sunday evening, February 27,for Manish Aurora, a 43 year-old cancer patient at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who is battling a serious cancer, diffused large B-cell lymphoma. The virtual fundraiser called Umeed (Hope) started with the introduction of […]

College Scholarships from Southwestern National Bank

College Scholarships from Southwestern National Bank

HOUSTON: Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program is funded by Southwestern National Bank (Member FDIC) to recognize and assist outstanding high school graduates reduce the financial burden for college. Southwestern National Bank Scholars are selected based on their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each year a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded to five […]

Anjali Agrawal: Presidential Scholar Candidate

Anjali Agrawal: Presidential Scholar Candidate

HOUSTON: Anjali Agrawal, a graduating senior at Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land, has been named a candidate in the 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2022. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one […]

Robotics in Teach for America via Teacher Faiza Qazi

Robotics in Teach for America via Teacher Faiza Qazi

HOUSTON: As a first-year teacher, Faiza Qazi wanted to inspire and challenge her middle school students at Hartman Middle School in Houston Independent School District. Without any prior knowledge or experience, she set out to create a curriculum that focused on robotics and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) – the first of its kind […]

Indo-American Doctor Leads Use of mRNA Vaccines beyond Covid

Indo-American Doctor Leads Use of mRNA Vaccines beyond Covid

NEW YORK: In 2017, Vinod Balachandran published a paper in the science journal Nature explaining an interesting phenomenon that he had discovered in a tiny number of pancreatic cancer survivors. T-cells circulating in their blood had developed the ability to identify, remember and fight back against proteins in the deadly tumours. The surgeon, from New […]

India Approves Texas’ Low-Cost Vaccine

India Approves Texas’ Low-Cost Vaccine

HOUSTON: India’s government has approved emergency use of a low-cost vaccine developed in Texas. In a tweet on Tuesday, Peter Hotez – dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine – shared the news of his new vaccine being approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). Hotez, along […]

Masterchef Christine Ha Inspires Pratham Luncheon Audience

Masterchef Christine Ha Inspires Pratham Luncheon Audience

HOUSTON: An afternoon of storytelling by a blind chef and restaurateur brought smiles and inspiration to a Houston crowd at the end of a difficult year around the world. The Indian-American community came together on December 9, 2021, at the Pratham Houston luncheon to celebrate resilience and learning for children in India. The highlight of […]

Tenaz Sunawala Puts “Self” Back in Self-Empowerment

Tenaz Sunawala Puts “Self” Back in Self-Empowerment

HOUSTON: Tenaz Sunavala’s debut book “The Path to Self-Empowerment- My Meditations with Grandma” was launched on October 31 at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, TX  The event featured brief speeches by the author and her close collaborators, delicious finger foods, followed by short demonstration of meditation and book-signing sessions.  Approximately 100 guests […]

Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Milestone for University of Houston Tamil Studies Chair

Houston: Thursday, November 11, 2021 is another historic day for the Tamilians living in Texas and specifically in the Houston Metropolitan area. On this day, the Houston Tamil Studies Chair Inc. (HTSC), a Texas non-profit corporation with a primary purpose of setting up a Tamil Studies Chair at the University of Houston (UH), made the […]

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Campaign for School to be Named after Sonal Bhuchar

Sugar Land: A social media campaign is underway for a Fort Bend School to be named after Sonal Bhuchar. After her long association with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, Bhuchar was elected to the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees and she served as the board president as well before her untimely passing in 2019. […]