The Friends of India Network was established in 2003 to provide a forum for faculty and staff at Texas A&M University to foster awareness within the academic community of a range of issues and concerns relevant to India and Indian-Americans on the TAMU campus. The network also seeks to enhance members' professional development opportunities through networking and informal mentoring of students, staff and faculty, and to facilitate communication with other interested individuals and organizations in the university and the local community. Membership is free and open to any interested staff or faculty member of Texas A&M University.
History of Friends of India Network (FIN)
FIN was started in 2003 to serve as a forum for the faculty and staff to network, share and disseminate information on India and India-related matters. It was subsequently recognized as one of the official faculty networks by the Office of the Dean of Faculties. Over the past several years, FIN has hosted talks from the Office of the Consul General of India, Houston, and sponsored numerous activities on campus to promote information on India related to science and technology, the political system, and culture. In addition, we have hosted what has now become a tradition, the annual spring picnic for the Indian community in the BCS area.
Since its inception, volunteers have provided leadership by serving as president for a period of 3 years, including N. K. Anand (founding president, Engineering), Manjt Yadav (Business), A. L. N. Reddy (Engineering), Chandrika Rajagopal (Center for Teaching Excellence), Vinod Srinivasan (Architecture), Srividya Ramasubramanian (Liberal Arts), and Jayson Beaster-Jones (Liberal Arts). Bhimu Patil (Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, Department of Horticultural Sciences) is the current President.
Past committee members have included Jyotsna Vaid (Liberal Arts), Sharada Vadali (TTI) and Ranjita Misra (Education). Recently, the committee was expanded to include representatives from colleges, campus organizations and TAMU System agencies-Executive committee in 2011-2014 include: Vijay Singh and Bhimu Patil (Agriculture), Arvind Mahajan (Business), Kishore Gawande (Bush School), Maltish Joshi (Education), Sunil Chirayath (Engineering), R Saravanan (Geosciences), Srividya Ramasubramanian (Liberal Arts), Bani Mallick (Science), and Chandrika Rajagopal (Center for Teaching Excellence).
2015-2018 Executive Committee Members: