The Association of Indians in America (AIA), New York Chapter held an Inauguration / Oath Ceremony of the Newly Elected 2017-2018 Executive Committee at the Consulate General of India office located at 3 East 64th St. New York NY. The ceremony was attended by the Chief Guest Consul General of India, Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Deputy Consul General Dr. Mohapatra, NYC Comptroller  Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Mrs. Gale Brewer, Past Presidents of AIA National & Chapter Presidents, community leaders, Media and prominent guests from tristate area.

The ceremony was invoked with the Ganesh Vandana performed by Melana Krishna of NRITYA SAAGARAM DANCE ACADEMY, And an energizing performance by students of Nartan Rang Dance Academy of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, after the renditions of national anthems of USA and India by Gita Setia, ITV Host.

Sunil Modi - The outgoing President
Sunil Modi – The outgoing President

Immediate Past President Mr Sunil Modi, introduced by Asmita Bhatia, talked about accomplishments of his 4-year Presidency.  Modi expressed his full confidence that AIA’s future under the new leadership of Mr Gobind Munjal is bright and that the NY Chapter will further flourish.

The Newly Elected President Gobind Munjal and the following Executive Committee was sworn in:

Gobind Munjal new President elected
Gobind Munjal new President elected

President: Gobind Munjal; Vice Presidents: Harish Thakkar, Dr Bal Gilja, Gitanjli Anand, Dr Jagdish Gupta Members-At-Large: Gobind Bathija, Asmita Bhatia, Vinod Chand, Indu Gajwani, Jyoti Gupta, Usha Kapoor, Beena Kothari, Deepika Modi, Sudeep Jay Modi, Beenu Sabharwal, Nina Sahani, Shyam Gajwani, Divya Shah, Pushpa Shah, Avinash Suri, Hargovind Gupta, Anita Thakkar, Swati Vaishnav

NYC Comptroller,  Scott Stringer saluted contributions of the Indian Immigrant community to the City of New York, and emphasised the importance of the diversity, while presenting the commendation certificate to AIA. Manhattan Borough President Mrs. Gail Brewer, a longterm friend of AIA, congratulated the team, and reinforced her support to the Indian community, citing examples of her support for the suspension of parking during Deepavali.

AIA National President Dr. Shashi Shah proudly shared AIA’s achievement such as obtaining the minority status and the inclusion in the census.

 Munjal laid down his vision for expanding the youth programs and stressed the need for membership drive for the youths and get them involved. He expressed his commitment to upholding AIA’s objective of “indian Heritage, American Commitment” thru expanded program such as Desi Next, a forum for the younger generation, commitment to local Philanthropic projects to serve the Indian community, in addition to the continued commitment to Deepavali Festival.  AIA proudly celebrates its 50th year, and the program concluded with a vote of thanks by the Secretary  Vimal Goyal.