32nd Annual Scholars Abroad Program 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 7.00 p.m. onwards at the C.K. Nayadu Hall, Cricket Club of India, Mumbai

Urvashi Devidayal, President, American Alumni Association (AAA) along with Atul Nishar, President of Namaste America, Indo-American Association for Art & Culture hosted the "32nd Annual Scholars Abroad Program 2013 to honor and present grants to deserving students who will be proceeding for their studies to American universities. The students were chosen on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, stature of university and the chosen field of study through which they can contribute to India.

Twelve students were felicitated this year and their profiles vary from those going to study Urban Planning and Architecture to Clean Energy and Medicine. Also felicitated at the event was, Shweta Katti, the first woman from Kamathipura who has overcome a lifetime of adversity to realize the dream of studying abroad. Shweta's success is an inspiration for millions of young women. Directly confronting the social stigma associated with India's exploitative sex-work industry, Shweta is living proof that no person's worth and potential need be limited by their gender, caste, complexion, parents' occupation, or where they come from. She has been accepted to Bard College in Annandale, N.Y., with a full tuition scholarship worth $46,000.

Ms. Deanna Abdeen, Chief of Consular Section, US Consulate was the Chief Guest at the event. The event was attended by alumni from American universities who are part of the Indian corporate sector, Industrialists, Business leaders, Members of the Consular Corps and Expatriates.