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  • 30 Jan 2023 10:47 PM | Anonymous

    ISW hosted its annual general body meeting on Sunday, Jan 29th at the India Center. 

    The ISW General Body elected a new Executive Board for 2023 - 24. The following members were elected to the board : 

    • President - Mr. Puneet Kohli
    • Vice President - Dr. Jagan Srinivasan
    • Secretary - Mr. Balki Chandrakasan
    • Asst. Secretary - Mr. Mukul Agrawal
    • Treasurer - Mr. Asish Bhattacharya
    • Asst. Treasurer - Mrs. Sakshi Gurao
    • Chair, Cultural Committee - Mrs. Amita Rao
    • Chair, Religious Committee - Mrs. Geetanjali Virmani
    • Chair, Cultural School - Mrs. Ruchi Chauhan
    • Chair, India Center Committee - Mr. Chella Palaniappan
    • Member-at-large - Mrs. Smita Manjrekar
    • Member-at-large - Mrs. Anupama Deb Roy
    • Member-at-large - Mr. Kamlesh Khilnani
    • Member-at-large - Mr. Rajesh Khare
    • Member-at-large - Mr.  Abhijeet Nikte

    The Following members were elected to the ISW Committee on Governance 

    • Mr. Rajiv Dayal – Chair
    • Mrs. Meera Gupta
    • Mr. Ashish Cowlagi
  • 30 Jan 2023 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    The President’s Volunteer Service Award was awarded at ISW's Annual General Meeting to our most outstanding volunteers and to recognize the impact they have made for ISW 

    The Lifetime Achievement Award for  Health Stop (established in 2005) and for  ISW Cultural & Language School (established in 1992) was awarded to Carolyn Marie Passey.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award for  Health Stop (established in 2005) was awarded to Dr. Sahdev Raj Passey

    The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to the Building Expansion Committee  comprising of Rajiv Dayal, Ashish Vijayendrarao Cowlagi and Puneet Kohli

    The ISW Community thanks them for the countless hours of service devoted to ISW 



  • 28 Jan 2023 4:05 PM | Anonymous

     ISW school celebrated this year's Republic Day with Assembly presentation, learning about the Indian flag ,constitution, how it’s celebrated in India and more. We also had a veteran share their experience of Republic day parade with us. We concluded with making Flag of India.

  • 25 Jan 2023 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Due to inclement weather - the Free Health Stop is cancelled for Jan 25.  If you have an Urgent Healthcare need - please visit your local emergency Department. 

    Remember - we follow Worcester Public Schools policy for emergency cancellations due to weather. 

  • 23 Jan 2023 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    by Yajas Devaguptapu

    Many people ask me why they should do or learn 3D Printing. Right now, I will answer that question. The answer is engineering. For example, everybody might say that it is complicated to build something. Because building you have to follow a manual and then make it, but sometimes we always have some problem, like that the instructions don’t make sense or you are missing a piece. Missing a part can be a big problem because whatever you try to do will not work. After all, that piece might be the connecting piece between two other things. This is where 3D printing comes in handy. You don’t need a 3D printer because many libraries have 3D printers. The only thing you need is the measurements of the pieces that you want to connect.

    The other easy thing is 3D printing because there are many different websites for making stuff in 3D, like Thinkercad and Solidworks. If you want to create it, but let's say you don’t want to make it from scratch, I have a solution for you. There are websites where you type up what you are looking for, then whatever you type up, there would be designs, and whatever  you like, then you could get the design and print it. One website like this is called Thingiverse.

    I learned 3D printing in the India Center because they had a class on it, and I wanted to know how to 3D print because I thought it would be cool to learn. I had seen some of my friends build, and I was amazed. When I went to class, the teachers showed us the websites we could use to make our own, like the ones I told you about. They also showed us how the 3D printer  worked and the science of it by taking it apart. They also showed us how to get the printer ready. I loved it. And after the basic class I also took the advanced class and enjoyed it. I also got the opportunity to help India Center teachers and help others to learn 3D printing, which was great.

    Most of the time, I use 3D printing. It is not only for making pieces that I need to make things. Also, it is pieces that I can use to decorate my room, like different design pieces. These are some of the reasons why you should try 3D printing.

    Have fun with 3D printing!

  • 21 Jan 2023 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    To commemorate the two year anniversary of ISW-WEW initiative, ISW hosted a wonderful celebration on Saturday January 21st at the newly renovated ISW (India Society of Worcester) center in Shrewsbury, MA. The event featured Dr. Manju Sheth, as the keynote speaker . Manju is a renowned physician at Harvard Vanguard and creator and host of “Chai with Manju” and the creator of New England Choice Awards and “Women who Win” platform.

    The program was kicked off by Prof. Snehalata Kadam, chair of WEW, who talked about her vision for a forum where women can uplift each other by sharing their experiences and transforming the “I Can’t” to “I Can”. This initiative started off as an online forum during the pandemic. Snehalata; an assistant teaching professor of Physics at Worcester Polytechnic (WPI), talked about the upcoming collaboration of ISW -WEW with WPI’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) and ISW’s Professional and Entrepreneurial Network. (ISW-PEN).

    Mr. Puneet Kohli, the president of ISW, talked about the organization’s upcoming 60 years anniversary celebrations and how the organization has not only brought the Indian community together but also other communities. He explained how ISW maintains strong relationship with other organizations in Boston such as IAGB. He further talked about how the community came together to support the ISW expansion. With the expansion, ISW is now able to kick off new initiatives such as the “ISW University” which teaches students of all ages , “ISW Symphony” to support art in all forms, “ISW PEN initiative” and “ISW Sports” which recently held Game Night.

    Talking about how each and everyone’s journey in life is unique and different, Manju Sheth the guest of honor spoke about how women can learn and inspire each other. Hailing from New Delhi, Manju loved to write stories from a young age and even started her school magazine. She trained in Medicine in Calcutta, London and Boston. She talked about how the demands of practicing medicine which leaves little time for other activities. Her determination, hard work and multitasking helped her to achieve her goal of being a journalist and media professional in addition to her medical profession. She strongly believes that it is important to realize your strengths and feed off of them. She was invited by India New England News to start “Chai with Manju” Over the past 10 years, she has interviewed world renowned personalities such as “Sadh Guru”, Pandit Jasraj”, “ Sudha Murthy”, “Shankar Mahadevan”, “Joe Kennedy” and most recently “Indra Nooyi”. Manju recently started a new platform, “Women Who Win,” to showcase the stories and experiences of extraordinary women in different fields.

    The event also felicitated the WEW’s first group of panelists – Yogita Miharia, Director of QA at Oracle, Aditi Taylor, SVP, at MFS Investment Management, Kalyani Kanuri, Senior Manager of Finance at Quest Diagnostics, Terri Camesano, Dean of Graduate Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute along with Dr. Manju Sheth.

    Neha Kaushal , a core team member of the WEW team, talked about what inspired her to join WEW and her involvement with SEWA, a charity organization where she was involved in an initiative to train women who lost their livelihood in new professions such as saree weaving.

    Kalyani Kanuri, talked about upcoming ISW WEW events. In March the team will be hosting the “Gift of Giving” that will feature a group of panelists who are active with various charities. This event will be followed by a mental health awareness event followed in June by an educational event featuring panelists who will provide high school students and their parents with insights into choosing majors in college and life in college. She also talked about a mentorship program aimed at making the core members available to anyone who would like to learn about fields such as finance, marketing and IT.

    The event aptly ended by a beautiful poem by Kajal Kaushik Dixit , a core member of ISW titled “Tu Dar Math, tu aage badh” which means “Don’t be afraid and keep moving forward”!


  • 15 Jan 2023 10:10 AM | Anonymous
    Additional session Sunday 7.30 am started  February 5

    On the morning of January 14th, a session of Heartfulness Meditation was held at the India Center. More than thirty individuals were in attendance. The session began with rejuvenating yoga by Devesh Srivastav and introduction to Heartfulness by Shruti Sehra and George, preceptors from Heartfulness Center. Many attendees reported feeling a sense of inner peace and left feeling rejuvenated.

    The sessions with yoga and meditation will continue at 9 am on Saturdays at the INDIA Center. Depending on response, additional sessions maybe added early Sunday am or weekends. Any questions please send email to iswuniversity@iswonline.org.

  • 11 Jan 2023 1:38 PM | Anonymous

    We want to recognize the amazing volunteers who contribute to India Society of Worcester  

    Deadline for  awards extended to Feb 28, 2023. Track your hours

    Try and fill it at the end of each quarter in 2022

    Additionally, if you want, you can allow ISW to share your info to be considered for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA recognizes incredible individuals who are committed to a high level of volunteer and service with a PVSA medal and a letter from the White House. More info at:

    https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/eligibility#volunteers

    To be eligible for President’s Volunteer Service Award, one has to be a  US Citizen or permanent resident.

    If volunteers have volunteered for other organizations that do not have this PVSA program, we can combine it , depending on verification, as long as there is no duplication.

    Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group

    Age Group                        Bronze                 Silver                                          Gold         

    Kids (5–10 years old)     26–49 hours      50–74 hours                              75+ hours 

    Teens (11–15)                 50–74 hours       75–99 hours                           100+ hours 

    Young Adults (16–25) 100–174 hours 175–249 hours                        250+ hours

    Adults (26+)                    100–249 hours 250–499 hours                      500+ hours 


  • 6 Dec 2022 10:45 AM | Anonymous
    Christmas Magic Moments at ISW

    The 16th Annual India Society of Worcester Christmas celebrations were held at the newly expanded India center on December 3rd 2022 . Families dressed in Christmas colors in Indian attire, from women in their colorful Saris, to men in their suits and cultural garb, kicked off the very first 2022 Christmas season together! Christmas lights with the sounds of joyous Christmas carols sung in various Indian languages rang through the hall and brought the Christmas Spirit.  After two years in the pandemic,  many families wished to attend the in-person 2022 gathering but the registration has to be closed early to limit the seating to 300 in the new India Center hall and  over 250 came to celebrate the first Christmas of the season at the India Center. 
    Ms. Saritha Deshpande and Ms. Geetanjali Virmani moderated  the program and this year’s Christmas Story was shared by Mr. Krish Dhanam , a popular motivational speaker engaged in corporate world for over 30 year in 5 continents.  The message of unconditional love demonstrated in birth of Jesus Christ bringing peace and Joy was presented by Mr. Dhanam  . Mr. Puneet Kohli , President of ISW along with EB members cut the first Christmas cake following ISW Christmas tradition  with greetings to the community.  Dr. Jagan Srinivasan , VP,  ISW, narrated the significant events of ISW in 2022 including the success of ISW Gala event by the generosity, commitment and the faith of its members in ISW.  One of the founding members of ISW , Dr. Sahadev Passey along with Mrs. Carolyn Passey by his side gave the ISW Hallmark Speech from ISW formation days and growth over each decade from its beginnings in 1963 and shed light on the ISW Vision and gave the challenge to next generation to continue the legacy . M Rajoo Ananth,  Chair , ISW Crisis committee narrated the compassion and care of ISW community towards our fellow Indians hurting around us in our own neighborhood.  The appearance of Santa Claus brought Cheer and Joy to the children as they received Christmas presents and their families took pictures with Santa . The highlight of this year's event is the festive Christmas dinner set up arranged Mrs. & Dr. Passey and families enjoyed Christmas dinner put together by the many volunteer  families sharing the love and Joy of Christmas

    ISW Christmas 2022 - Event photos
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tCMWUXcaBPoJ2ZFaGbUVZHz6RSP0k8hU?usp=sharing

     

    ISW Christmas 2022 - Photos with Santa

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AnkrLuFnKxGN809ZDWsnKzZSn1TU?e=bj3G1z


    ISW Christmas 2022 - Dinner photos
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/16r94bCVss1IYz_akaleXwSu8oVoDwHC2?usp=sharing


    written by - Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Manjula Gulla

  • 21 Nov 2022 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Diwali celebrations in collaboration with NEBG's Night Lights, began with our dynamic Dhol Tasha Lazim team, and despite the cold weather they delivered an energizing performance outside.  It  was followed by the  ISW cultural program in the auditorium.  Throughout the evening , we had Free Henna, a display of Indian plants from NEBG, Lantern Craft in the  classroom. The  Chess game by Tara Chess Academy and  3D printing by Kunal showcased our in person 3D printing classes at India Center.

     The Gallery Bazaar with colorful wares from India, the Culture exhibit by Carolyn , floral Rangoli in the lobby, Sand Rangoli in the entrance walkway, and not to mention the catering by Bawarchi all contributed to a dazzling evening. 

    We are honored to be a part of the popular NEBG Night Lights  exhibit , which also included the new Ramble exhibit . Enjoy the pictures.

    Arathi & Shiamin

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