Message from the President

On behalf of the newly elected Board members and officers, I warmly welcome you to the digital home of the MIT South Asian Alumni Association! MITSAAA was formed as a cohesive platform to connect 3,000 South Asian alumni spread across the globe with MIT and each other, and enable them to develop personally as well as professionally through various social, cultural and educational activities. While the Association is primarily geared towards serving the needs of the MIT South Asian alumni – those who identify their country of origin as one of the following: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – it aims to engage the wider MIT community in fulfilling MIT’s guiding principle, “Mens et Manus” or “Mind and Hand”, no matter where we are.

Over the coming year, the Association will build upon the past successes and re-organize its efforts on three fronts:

  1. Towards a truly ‘South Asian’ association – the Association will actively seek representation from under-represented countries, in collaboration with the MIT Alumni Association and relevant student groups on campus, for participation on the Board as well as Association’s activities
  2. Robust engagement with diverse MIT-affiliated groups – the Association will reach out to South Asia-centric groups at MIT to support their engagement in the region, and also to alumni chapters in South Asia to strengthen their connection to MIT through co-organized events
  3. Little bit of ‘brand development’ – the Association will increase its digital footprint through carefully calibrated use of social media to engage more alumni around the world in corralling support for MIT’s “Better World” campaign to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges

As an organization, we are completely reliant on the energy and enthusiasm of alumni volunteers in carrying out our mission. We encourage MITSAAA members to take leadership and organize events in their own region. Both the MITSAAA Board and Officers, and MIT Alumni Association will be delighted to facilitate organization of such programs whether they are big or small, formal or informal. We would be thrilled to see new alumni groups in South Asia, especially in countries where such groups do not yet exist! If you need support or have ideas for collaboration, we will love to hear from you.

Lastly, I want to thank the MITSAAA membership for the opportunity to lead the Association as its President, and the Board, officers and volunteers for their commitment towards the Association. I look forward to many collectively enriching experiences in the coming year.

Bigyan R. Bista
President, MITSAAA

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