History and Origin:
India and the United States are the world’s largest democracies. Since India’s independence in 1947 the relationship between the two countries has grown substantially to include many aspects such as trade, economic assistance, diplomatic, cultural and scientific exchanges. However, many people feel that there are lots of myths and misconceptions that need to be resolved. Therefore, in 1986, the faculty and students along with members of the Athens community who shared similar sentiments created the Friends of India Endowment to develop a better understanding of India and the United States.
To achieve our objective of creating a better understanding between the United States and India the Friends of India Endowment undertakes many activities including:
- Awarding Indian and American Students Grants for Indian Studies
- Sponsoring an Indo-American Friendship Day
- Providing funds to school libraries for books about India
- Sponsoring the Know India Contest
- Sponsoring scholars to speak on topics that enhance understanding of India
- Providing a Hindi class each quarter for Ohio University students
Board of Trustees
Suresh Agrawal, MD
Elizabeth F. Collins, Chairperson
Haley Duchinski, Ph.D.
Ashok K. Gupta, Ph.D.
Krishna Kool, Ph.D.
Amrijit Singh, Ph.D.
K. Krishnamurhty, MD
Chandra Sekar, MD