During a fireside chat, Chandrika Tandon shares her success mantra with students
GOPIO-Manhattan organized a “Meet & Greet” program for Indian students studying in the Northeast to connect them to the community, provide mentorship opportunities and educate them about the consular services of the Indian Consulate.
The program was held at the Indian Consulate in New York on October 21 with students from many Northeastern universities participating in person or virtually, according to a GOPIO press release.
Chandrika Tandon, Grammy-nominated artist and humanitarian, had a fireside chat with moderator Gautam Mukunda, a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and host of the Nasdaq podcast “World Reimagined.”
“Students can be successful, whether here in the United States or in India, as long as they work with honesty, combined with hard work and dedication,” she said.
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There is a merit-based admissions process at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and the incoming class has a very bright future with an emphasis on the fact that new and existing students today have many more choices majors to pursue, such as computational biology which was not offered a few decades ago.
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Mukunda’s questions ranged from Tandon’s journey starting with his professional career to music to philanthropy.
The Consul General of India in New York, Randhir Kumar Jaiswal, host of the evening, pointed out that this year, Indian students were the most numerous among the international community in the United States.
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The goal, he said, was to expand the program to include more students among the 200,000 students who come to the United States for further education to learn about various services offered by the consulate, from consular portal registration to cultural events and mental health. health support initiatives.
GOPIO International President Dr. Thomas Abraham, who is also an advisor to GOPIO-Manhattan, encouraged the speakers to mentor, motivate and guide the students.
“In the 1960s and 1970s when an overseas student joined a university they were given a host family, now with the connected world and social media the concept of a host family is gone and the 4.5 million American Indians could serve as host families for new students.
GOPIO-Manhattan Executive Vice President Prof. Rajasekhar Vangapaty introduced the panel discussion moderated by Rajeev Kumar Goyle, a lawyer and associate professor at Wichita State University.
Goyle asked the panel to help students formulate their major and career path choices and implored them to reflect on the fireside chat.
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Srikanth Jagabathula, Robert Stansky Research Faculty Member and Associate Professor of Technology, Operations, and Statistics at NYU Stern School of Business, asked students to “wear different hats, multitask, go out from your comfort zone, to explore and discover. ”
Raj Pandey, CEO of SaaS and services startup ZopSmart, added, “Students need to immerse themselves in the system, learn and connect with people.”
Gagan Gujral, director of the financial services group, added that students should not be afraid to ask teachers and peers for help as he reflects on the cultural differences between the homeland and the United States.
Shobhit Kumar, senior technical manager at leading Life & Annuity, said: “Students should be prepared to raise their hands and ask for help. It is a sign of commitment. »
Sridhar Ramasubbu, Chief Financial Officer of Trianz, advising students to take initiative and be ambitious but stress-free, said, “Leadership is not given, leadership is taken.”
Monica Arora, partner and co-head of Proskauer’s Private Funds Group, suggested that “students focus on the most important idea is to build real relationships.”
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Dilli Bhatta, talking about his personal journey from F1 to OPT to H1-B to Green Card, told students “ask your employer whether or not they will sponsor your visa, but you offer your best service”.
“Now that you’re here, outside of your studies, you need to network with your professors, your peers, everyone and communication is key, ask for things,” he said.
Shivender Sofat, president of GOPIO-Manhattan, who joined virtually, spoke about the importance of mentorship for students.
GOPIO Manhattan board member and program coordinator Siddharth Jain asked Dr. Abraham to present Tandon and Jaiswal with souvenirs, including GOPIO Foundation Day First Day Covers and a sheet of 20 Deepawali stamps.
Jain concluded with an AC vote of thanks. Other GOPIO-Manhattan officials present at the meeting included Treasurer Braj Aggarwal, Joint Secretaries Dr. Lisa George and Bhavya Gupta and Raj Punjabi.