January-March, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Greetings from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).  We hope this message finds you healthy and safe.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the worldwide Fulbright Program.  Posts and Commissions around the world are hosting events to highlight the expertise of alumni from different programs. You can visit our Facebook and Twitter Pages for events and stories and also visit the Fulbright75 website to know more about the global programs.

We are also pleased to announce the annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowships for the academic year 2022-2023. These fellowships are offered for study, research, teaching, and professional development for students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in the United States.
Fellowship details are posted on the USIEF website: http://www.usief.org.in/

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USIEF Communications Team

U.S. Fulbright-Nehru Alumna Receives the Voices for Change Award

Congratulations to U.S. Fulbright-Nehru alumna Bernadette Lim for receiving the “Voices for Change Award in Inclusive Community Development” by the California Endowment’s Youth Awards.  The award recognizes young changemakers, youth groups, and youth-empowerment organizations that have made a tremendous impact in their communities in the state of California. A community activist, healer, and founder of the Freedom Community Clinic in the Bay Area, Bernadette Lim is a medical student at the University of California San Francisco.

Indian Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Alumnus Demonstrates Leadership During the Pandemic

Indian Fulbright-Nehru alumnus Ashutosh Salil is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and currently the Joint Municipal Commissioner at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he organized an efficient system of distributing personal protective equipment and ventilators to hospitals in Mumbai which were donated by philanthropists. He also initiated a real-time COVID data collection and reporting mechanism by coordinating with multiple stakeholders and ensured that children in municipal schools were connected to online learning platforms.

Thought Provoking Book on Higher Education by U.S. Fulbright-Nehru Alumnus

U.S. Fulbright-Nehru alumnus William G. Tierney is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. His new book, “Get Real: 49 Challenges Confronting Higher Education,” provides a comprehensive overview of the many challenges confronting U.S. higher education and suggest solutions on dealing with the issues. The 49 essays in the book cover a range of issues including diversity, free speech, tenure, and the emergence of for-profit colleges.

Indian Fulbright-Kalam Alumna Develops a New Course on Climate Change Law

Vidya Ann Jacob is an assistant professor at Christ University School of Law, Bengaluru. She was a Fulbright-Kalam Doctoral Research fellow at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. Her participation in the Fulbright-Kalam fellowship helped her to design and introduce an elective course on “Climate Change Law and Policy” for students at Christ University. At present, very few universities in India offer a course in this area for students.

Technology to Teach Grammar

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) alumna Madri Kakoti is an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Lucknow. Through her YouTube channel, “The Neighbourhood Teacher,” she uses technology and satire to teach fundamental concepts of English language to improve communication and help students overcome their hesitation to speak in English.

Indian Fulbright-Nehru Alumna Supports Artisans through an Online Platform

During the COVID-19 crisis, Fulbright-Nehru alumna Priya Krishnamoorthy created “200 Million Artisans,” an online platform to support Indian craftsmen and artisans. This network supports social and creative enterprises of artisan communities and assists in bridging gaps in knowledge, resources and partnerships. The mission of this initiative is to support the craft sector and educate civil society about the rich cultural heritage of India.

Priya is a storyteller and a creative impact strategist based in Mumbai.

Go Abroad, Young American: Article in Foreign Affairs by U.S.
Fulbright-Nehru Alumnus

U.S. Fulbright-Nehru alumnus Dinyar Patel is assistant professor of history at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai. He was a faculty in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. His academic research focuses on the Indian nationalist movement, the city of Bombay/Mumbai, and the Parsi Zoroastrian community.

His latest article “Go Abroad, Young American” published by Foreign Affairs focuses on the importance of education abroad for U.S. college students and urges the U.S. government to prioritise and support this initiative.

Three Fulbright Teacher Alumni Feature in a Book Published by the Telangana State Council of Educational Resources and Training

Congratulations to Fulbright teacher alumni Padmapriya Vummaji, Vinayadhar R. Prathikantam and Isabelle Hui Saldana for featuring in the book, “Transformation of Schools into Vibrant Learning Hubs.” The book is a collection of success stories by the School Leadership Academy, an academic unit of the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Telangana.

Indian Fulbright Alumna Engages with Small Enterprises to Improve Livelihood in Eastern India

Fulbright alumna Sharmistha Banerjee is leading a joint initiative funded by the U.S. State Department’s Partnership 2020 grant awarded to Rollins College-USA and the University of Calcutta-India. This program teams up students to work with small businesses in eastern India to improve their economic livelihood.

Sharmistha Banerjee (third from left)


Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for Indian citizens announced – Apply now!

Fulbright DAI program announced for the school teachers – Apply now!

Upcoming events
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    Talk on “Indians to Indians: Comparing the North-East Frontier and the US West” by U.S. Fulbright-Nehru alumnus Ryan Booth
    April 13, 2021

    Talk on “Paradox of Gender Inclusive University” by Indian Fulbright-Nehru alumna Anagha Tambe
    April 21, 2021

    Talk on "Campus Queer Collectives: Narratives from the USA and India" by Indian Fulbright alumnus Gourab Ghosh
    April 26, 2021

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