Letter from the Founders 

Although being the largest democracy and having the third largest economy in the world, India has failed to relinquish its stigma of being a developing nation for a variety of reasons. Perhaps 810 million people living in India without proper sanitation services and of that, 115 million people lacking potable water has something to do with it. 400 million people have no access to electricity—in order to live, they resort to obsolete and unsafe methods of cooking and lighting. Finally, and contrary to popular belief, India has a very poor literacy rate—approximately 65% of women are literate. These pressing issues are far from being solved—given the amount of political corruption and economic competitiveness in India, seldom does one look into the rural issues in an empathetic manner. And being so far away from the issues, people in the US often feel disconnected, thinking their donations to the local nonprofit organization are futile. We saw Project RISHI as a bridge—a solution that would involve students at USC in the ongoing social and healthcare reform occurring in India. We believe that our trips to India will be innovative, effective, and sustainable so that following generations will experience our efforts. However, our chapter goes beyond the intervention trips—we want to make Project RISHI at USC an avenue for undergraduate professional success. Although we will have a healthcare emphasis, with guest speakers such as faculty members and practicing physicians, RISHI @ USC will cater to all disciplines of study. We want RISHI to become a diverse, multifaceted organization that prepares students for their future endeavors. USC is a microcosm of a global, international community with an incredible amount of innovation and dedication to intellectual and social improvement. We started Project RISHI at USC not only to aid the people in rural areas of India, but also to allow students an avenue to be contributing members of the global society. We hope to instill a mindset that it is not only the people in India who are to benefit, but us as well. We believe that this is the best way to not only have an effective and sustainable chapter, but also one with a lasting impact. We hope to motivate and inspire students to become active members and further our ambitions and make Project RISHI at USC the global contributor it can be.

 

Sincerely,

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Kunal Varshneya

Chairman of Board of Advisors

Co-Founder and President 2014 - 2016

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Dhiraj J. Pangal

President

Co-Founder and VP of Initatives 2014 - 2016

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Akash Patel

Co-Founder and VP of Finance 2014 - 2016