BHARATIYAM: A platform for Indian Youth in US
Madhav Pathak, ISU, Ames, IA
Bharatiyam is a proposed volunteer-run and non-profit pan-US organization with an aim to channelize the huge potential and energy of continuously increasing the influx of young students and professionals from Bharat to the US. We seek to consolidate youth identifying itself with some elemental aspect of Bharatiya civilization on a common holistic platform. Bharatiyam shall have university and/or city chapters based on four working mode pillars, the 4Cs: Culture, Country, Community & Career catering to university students and young working professionals across the US. The scope of activities within the 4Cs is unbounded giving plenty of freedom to the chapter level stakeholders. Bharatiyam shall also act as an umbrella organization, linking the already existing student organizations working within the scope of the above 4Cs for the free flow of ideas and resources. For example, bringing the independent Indian Student Association present in each major university under the ambit of Bharatiyam. The flagship annual leadership retreat shall bring together leaders from Bharatiyam chapters and various other Indic youth organizations across the US for cross-pollination of ideas. In terms of structure, a distributed leadership model with a core representative working committee and a strong advisory body comprising of the highly successful Indian diaspora in the US shall be adopted. This shall maintain the working independence at the node level in conjunction with a central support structure. First model Bharatiyam chapter is set to launch at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in July 2018. We seek to get traction and gather suggestions for Bharatiyam through poster session at World Hindu Congress 2018.
The 4C’s are:
- Culture: Celebrate the diverse Bharatiya culture with activities/events ranging from music concerts to yoga
- Country: Work for representing India and its interests like raising funds for Indian NGOs, raising awareness about issues affecting Bharat.
- Community: Bring Bharatiya youth closer to local community through seva activities such as volunteer school teaching, old age home visits etc.
- Career: Workshops/Events to prepare students seeking career opportunities, fellowships for innovative ideas.
About the presenter…
Madhav Pathak is an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee alumnus, currently pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), Ames, IA. He is the recipient of Indian Academy of Science Summer Research fellowship, 2014; Honda Young Engineer and Scientist Award, 2014 and WISE Scholarship by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2015. He is currently engaged with Hindu YUVA at ISU and has been actively involved in several socio-cultural student campus organizations in various capacities for past 5 years.