STUDENT LEADERSHIP

The Embassy of India Student Hub is a collaborative effort between the Embassy of India in Washington D.C., and the Indian students studying in the United States. The energy field that powers India Student Hub programming comes from student volunteers. Meet some of the Student Team Leads and Behind the Scenes contributors who have made 2020 India Student Hub possible:

Abhisri Nath

Abhisri hails from Assam, but has grown up in various parts of India. Hence, she has learnt to appreciate diversity and tolerance. It is the stories from various nooks and corners, places, people and situations that bring a smile to her face. She wishes to keep discovering more such stories. Abhisri is an undergrad student from Oberlin College majoring in Political Science.

Abhisri has been a volunteer with the India Student Hub since July 2019. She co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. Abhisri is part of organizing team for Women's Film Festival 2021.

Adhokshaja Achar

Adhokshaja, a native of Bangalore, is an Applications Developer building tools to help municipal governments, researchers, and citizen scientists address global and local water issues. A 2019 Campus Lead, Adhokshaja has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a MBA from University of South Florida. When not glued to a screen, Adhokshaja likes to spend his time hiking, cooking, actively learning new skills, and pondering on questions about philosophy and human nature.

A firm believer in right to education, Adhokshaja utilized his skills in animation and video editing on multiple educational projects. He also used these skills for creating India's Diplomatic Message of Hope in April 2020.

Aditi Thapar

As a child, Aditi once took a clock apart to understand how the individual components worked together to make it tick - in the literal sense. She continues to bring this sense of inquisitiveness to all her projects and can assemble seemingly disparate pieces of information into an integrated, cohesive story. Aditi is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy & Management at the Ohio State University. Although she has been a lifelong NRI, she was born in New Delhi.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Aditi co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. She also supported the research on C-PTSD training and treatment. Currently, Aditi is co-developing and leading the "Climate & You - Climate Action Program" for the 2021 Spring Volunteers.

Aditya Soni

Aditya is currently pursuing his Masters in Construction Management from Northeastern University in Boston. He is a co-founder and a proud member of Poor Children Welfare Society. Aditya lives by the philosophy: In helping others, you also help yourself. That's because altruism is proven to boost happiness.

Aditya volunteered with the Educational Collaborations vertical of Summer Volunteer Program 2020 with the India Student Hub. He has also been supporting the Peer Support Line from August until December 2020.

Amruta Behera

Amruta graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and has started her own Streetwear brand 'Rising Among' with her college roommate amidst a global pandemic. She hopes that Rising Among becomes known as an International Streetwear Giant from India.

Amruta created creative content for India Student Hub for the 2020 Graduation Celebration and assembled the videos with the help of an amazing and supportive team. She was also a member of the Hub's Social Media & Marketing team.

Anavi Bhushan Nugyal

Anavi hails from Mumbai and is an undergrduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a designer who enjoys working with communities, to understand their problems and create accessible & sustainable solutions.

Anavi was one of the pioneering members of the Peer Support Line. She also created graphics and promotional materials for student engagement.

Arsum Pathak

Arsum was born and raised in Chandigarh, and has recently completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida. As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, she participated in the "Education Policy" vertical which aimed to analyze and provide recommendations for India Student Hub onward engagement with National Education Policy 2020. Currently, Arsum is co-developing and leading the "Climate & You - Climate Action Program" vertical for Spring Volunteers 2021. Through her role, she aims to engage Indian students with the challenges posed by climate change to create meaningful change.

Arsum believes in collaborative solutions and bringing young people together to tackle the climate crisis.

Cherie Singh

Born and raised in Hyderabad, Cherie is an Aerospace Engineer, and a recent graduate with an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Since high school, she worked with multiple non-profit organizations such as Vidya Vahini and AIESEC in India, and with Thrive Refugee Enterprise in Australia.

Cherie is a key member of the India Student Hub, and has led the program development, coordination, and implementation of several programs such as the Campus Leads Program, Women's Film Festival 2020: Women in Bombay, Roominations Series, Spring and Summer Volunteer Programs 2020, and Women's Leadership Program. Currently, she is leading the Ladakh Education Collaboration Project, and the Women's Film Festival 2021: Women in Sports. Cherie is responsible for the Hub's social media and website maintenance. She designed and institutionalized programs to enhance volunteer experiences.

A strong believer in the power of humanistic values, Cherie identifies herself as a critical agent of change, hope, and compassion.

Divya Rajan

With roots in Chennai, Divya is a 2020 Towson University MFA graduate and interdisciplinary performing and experimental artist. As a 2019 Campus Lead, Divya co-led the 2020 Women's Film Festival: Women in Bombay, which turned into an annual flagship event. Divya co-hosted India Student Hub's International Day of Yoga program and volunteered with the Peer Support Line. She designed and directed the ARTSPECTIVES web-series with five student actors, four acclaimed master artists, a film editor and a social marketing team to build greater appreciation for non-mainstream Indian arts.

Divya believes that the friendships forged, stories exchanged, and memories made are her bigger accomplishments. I lose myself, only to find myself. Sometimes in stories, painting and cooking; Other times in the mountains, the ocean and the sun.

Faeez Juneja

With roots in Ahmedabad, Faeez is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia - Terry College of Business. As a 2019 Campus Lead, Faeez helped coordinate Consulate-General of Atlanta’s COVID-19 response for international students across universities in Georgia. Faeez volunteered for the Peer Support Line in the summer of 2020 and served as an editor for the India Student Hub Magazine (July 2020 Edition).

As an ardent advocate for pluralism, tolerance, and diversity, Faeez strives to foster understanding about people’s cultures, structures, values, and faiths.

Harigovind Menon

Harigovind hails from Kochi, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Material Sciences at the University of Alabama. As a 2019 Campus Lead, Harigovind led the COVID-19 "From my Room Photography" initiative which aimed at sharing the messages of gratitude, creativity, and positive new learnings using a cell phone camera, everyday objects, and ingenuity. Harigovind also helped convene the "Indoor Photography and Writing Workshop" and supported various other Student Hub initiatives.

Harigovind is passionate about photography and wants to travel the world capturing raw emotions of people and searching for stories behind the faces he meets.

Hemanth Ghattamaneni

Hemanth grew up in Hyderabad, India. He is pursuing his Masters in Data Analytics Engineering from the George Mason University (GMU). He is passionate about PR & Marketing. He worked as a PR and strategy planner in digital marketing for many films, celebrities, brands, and government officials. He had interned with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Hemanth is also a state level swimmer and also a micro artist who won Camlin national award in drawing and painting. He currently serves as Marketing Head for Indian Graduate Student Association at GMU. Hemanth doesn’t believe in making the right decisions, but he takes the decision and makes them right.

Presently, Hemanth is the Social Media and Marketing intern at the Embassy of India in Washington D.C. He develops several social media promotional materials and strategies. He is also responsible for the maintenance of the Student Hub's social media accounts. Additionally, he designed the India Student Hub's Magazine (July Edition).

Mansi Bhosle

Mansi was born and raised in Mumbai, and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Bioengineering from the Northeastern University in Boston. Prior Mansi and her mother helped women build self-esteem and skills via a unique women's social enterprise restaurant called Swayam.

Mansi started her journey with the India Student Hub as a volunteer for the Peer Support Line which gave her an opportunity to support and engage her peers in times of hardships. In May 2020, she also co-lead and organized the Roominations Series with IPS Officer Aparna Kumar. In the Summer of 2020, she co-led the Women's Leadership Pilot Program.

Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal is pursuing Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Nihkil previously spent 8 years in manufacturing at Maruti Suzuki India Limited. As a 2019 India Student Hub Campus Lead, Nikhil organized the Bharatmala Sagarmala Supply Chain Hackathon. In the Summer of 2020, he led the Education Collaborations vertical, and also supported the Peer Support Line as a pioneering member.

Nikhil is a travel enthusiast. So far, he visited 3 continents and someday, wishes to travel all 7.

Pooja Bailey

Born and raised in Bangalore, Pooja graduated with a Master of Science in Hospitality and Business Management from the University of Delaware. Pooja enjoys collecting stories and creating indelible memories. As a seasoned hotelier, she is passionate about meeting people from different cultures and is forever curious about food and how it operates as a universal language to express cultural identities.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Pooja co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. She also supported the research on C-PTSD training and treatment. Pooja is part of the organizing team for Women's Film Festival 2021.

Rakshit More

With roots in Pune, Rakshit is pursuing his Masters of Science in Engineering Management from the Northeastern University in Boston. He is passionate about the wisdom that Indian culture embodies.

In the process of developing a hackathon for using AI & machine learning to solve problems in Indian Agriculture, Rakshit began an informal weekly dialogue on seeds and soil to better understand India's unique agricultural footprint.

Rohan Roger

With roots in New Delhi, Rohan graduated from Clark University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Applied Physics, Math, and Management. In college, he led several campus initiatives, clubs, and student council. In his free time, he volunteers at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo, plays tennis, stargazes, and writes for technology journals.

Rohan was a key member of the India Student Hub during its inception. He developed and maintained the first India Student Hub website. Rohan also volunteered as a student and community liaison at Howdy Modi. Rohan ideated, developed, and managed the Peer Support Line, a helpline created for students of Indian-origin in the United States during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also provided organizational structure support during the Student Hub's start-up phase.

Saiansha Panangipalli

Saiansha is pursuing her Master of Arts in Global Communications from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. Understanding and communicating with peoples of different cultures is what keeps Saiansha going.

As an India Student Hub volunteer, Saiansha helped draft Student Hub Advisories during the pandemic. She formulated responses to COVID-19-related inquiries, and also developed the Peer Support Line's risk communication guidelines. Saiansha served as an editor of the India Student Hub Magazine (July Edition). Additionally, Saiansha co-led the Advise for Incoming Indian Students vertical for the Summer Volunteers, and led communications workshops for the Hub's inner and outer journey initiatives.

Sanjana Kulshrestha

Sanjana hails from New Delhi, and is pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from DePaul University in Chicago. Her expertise is in data analysis, strategic thinking, and project management. For her, happiness is an enduring state of well-being involving satisfaction in the meaningful life contributing to the greater good.

With the India Student Hub, Sanjana contributed to strengthening the Education Partnerships vertical in Summer of 2020. Sanjana also volunteers for clean-up drive and other community events.

Sathvik Prasad

Born and raised in Mysore, Sathvik is a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University. In the past, he has developed computing systems that power some of the world's largest networks. His research helps protect the public from spam, abuse, and fraud. Sathvik believes that quality education at various levels can set the foundation for a great personality.

As a 2019 Campus Lead at NC State, Sathvik organized poster presentations and a gathering with the Embassy of India S&T Counselor. Sathvik supported the Indian students in the United States as a pioneering Peer Support Line volunteer. Additionally, he also co-led the Science and Technology vertical in Summer 2020, and conducted interviews with prominent scientists in India and the US.

Siddhartha Dogra

Born and raised in New Delhi, Sidd graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Business & Economics from Clark University in Boston. He enjoys cooking.

With the India Student Hub, Sidd co-led the Peer Support Line, a helpline created for Indian students in the United States during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sidd also led the Education Partnership vertical in the Summer of 2020.

Sukanya Kulkarni

With roots in Pune, Sukanya grew up in various parts of India and hence, goes by her life mantra - adaptability is the secret to survival. She loves to hop onto every/anything that relates to painting, art and craft. Sukanya is a Mechanical Engineer by choice and an artist at heart. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Engineering Management from Northeastern University in Boston.

Sukanya co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. Her most significant accomplishment is focused on the quality network of eternal friends.

Sunakshi Chowdhary

Born in New Delhi, Sunakshi graduated with Masters of Science in Tumor Biology from the Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and a Master of Science in Molecular Cellular Biology from the Brandeis University. She is currently the research coordinator for COVID-19 clinical research in Toronto, Canada.

Sunakshi co-led and co-organized the Women's Film Festival: Women in Bombay, Graduation Celebration 2020, and the Science & Technology Summer Vertical 2020. Currently, she is the planning lead for the Women's Film Fesival 2021: Women in Sports.

Venkat Kolachalam

Venkat is pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Western Michigan University where he also serves as the President of the Indian Graduate Student Association.

Venkat started his journey with the India Student Hub as a 2019 Campus Lead. He co-led the Peer Support Line, a helpline created for Indian students in the United States during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also led the Education Policy vertical in the Summer of 2020, which aimed to analyze and provide recommendations for India Student Hub onward engagement with National Education Policy 2020.

Vidhu Kota

Vidhu is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Film & Video from Pratt Institute in New York. Vidhu is a strong believer in achieving his goals and is aiming to own a successful ethical clothing brand by 2025.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Vidhu masterfully edited the first-ever ARTSPECTIVES webisode-series.

Vishrut Gandhi

A businessman from New Delhi, Vishrut came to New York to pursue his Masters in Cybersecurity from New York Institute of Technology to further enhance his knowledge in the field of computer security. A humanitarian in nature, and a technology enthusiast, Vishrut loves hiking, outdoor activities and spending quality time with his family.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Vishrut supported the Peer Support Line, the Educational Partnerships vertical of Summer 2020 and brought his enthusiasm to summer events.