Dr. Abhaya Asthana
He is a Fellow at Nokia Bell Labs-CTO directing research in cognitive, self-reliable networks of the future - networks that continuously learn on their own and heal themselves. Earlier, he led the design of VLSI processors at INTEL.
He got his Bachelors’ degree in Electrical Engineering from I.I.T Kanpur, where he went back to teach from 1983-1985. Outside of science and technology, his passion is to learn about Hindu Dharma and history, practice it and pass it on to the children. His mission is to help Hindus living in America remain Hindus, and through their lives contribute to the richness of their adopted land. He is the Chairman of World Hindu Council of America AB.
Dr. Jai Bansal
Dr. Jai Bansal is a scientist, author, and community leader with a keen interest in Indian history and in exploring the contributions of the Hindu civilization to the world. After a distinguished career spanning 38 years, he retired in 2014 as the Chief Scientific Officer of a global petrochemical company. From 2014 to 2018, he served as an advisor to the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, and the US Department of Energy. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a B.Sc. (Distinction) from Panjab University. He has published widely and holds over two dozen scientific patents. He currently serves as the Vice President of Education for the World Hindu Council of America (VHPA), as well as a member of its executive board and the governing council. Mrs. Santosh Bansal is a retired IT professional, with a Master’s degree in political science from Delhi University. After raising three children, she trained as a software specialist in the mid-1990s and quickly rose to become IT director for an international company. She currently runs an online fashion accessories business. Both Jai and Santosh Bansal are passionate about maintaining their civilizational identity and ensuring its intergenerational continuity. The scholarship they have sponsored is a small step in that direction.
Shri. Amitabh VW Mittal
He is the current General Secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, author, and community leader. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He works a financial agent with New York Life Insurance Company, in addition to this Mr. Mittal has business interests in International trade and logistics, Mr. Mittal sits on Boards of multiple logistics companies.
Happily married for over 24 years he lives in Bartlett, IL and has two daughters and a son.
Smita Daftardar is faculty for Hindi at Georgia Institute of Technology, Department of Modern Languages, in Atlanta GA.
She has MTech in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and has worked as R & D Engineer in Pune, India, prior to moving to the US. She has also completed an MA in Hindi-Urdu Pedagogy from Kean University, New Jersey. She has attended training at NYU and Center for Advanced Research in Language Acquisition (CARLA), University of Minnesota. She was the Lead Instructor at the STARTALK Hindi language program, a US government funded program, for 10 years. She has also worked on curriculum development with the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. She has served as faculty at Gwinnett Technical College Adult Education Department. For the last 18 years she has been a volunteer Hindi teacher at the non-profit Hindi language and culture school, Balvihar, run by Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Atlanta Chapter.
Smita recently contributed a chapter to a textbook titled Global Humanities Approach to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals- Understanding Planet, People, and Prosperity. The book uses literature, documentaries, movies, and art from across the globe to highlight sustainable development, as the UNSDGs envision it. This was an initiative of the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Institute of Technology and has been published by Routledge. Smita lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two kids.
She is a small business owner and Director of Covid Seva at World Hindu Council of America. She holds Bachelor of Science degree (M.G.Science from Ahmedabad,India), and Master in healthcare. She works in supply chain industry since past 10 years. She has been selfless volunteer for Hindu community and Hindu temple since many years. She is also a social activist for Indian community in USA. She was a student leader during her college time. She is mother of 2 little girls and in her free time she enjoy playing outdoor games with her girls and spending good time with her family
She is an active part of both her local and Indian community. She has selflessly volunteered and served the community since she was a young child. Currently she is the Joint General Secretary of VHPA, serving on its Executive Board and Governing Council and has been involved with VHPA for over 30 years.
Toral attended Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Biology with a concentration in Criminology.
She is a sales and marketing professional and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies where she utilized her leadership and interpersonal skills to further company development.
She is an avid learner of varied cultures and people through travel, languages, and history. She is formally trained in Bharat Natyam and Kathak and has competed on an international level in Indian folk dance.
Toral is a humanitarian and is devoted to ongoing efforts to educate children and help to preserve and sustain resources for future generations.