Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC and President of AUSIB

An experienced entrepreneur and recognized expert on relations between the United States and India, Sanjay Puri leads the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) as its chairman. Established in 2002, USINPAC offers Indian-Americans a unified and strengthened voice in American politics. As the head of USINPAC, Sanjay Puri has offered bipartisan support to political campaigns at all levels of government and has worked closely with Congress and the administration to forge a fair immigration policy and ensure equal rights for the people he represents. In addition, Mr. Puri has advocated for entrepreneurship opportunities among Indian-Americans and has taken a special interest in energy policy between the two nations. After the 2011 attacks on Mumbai, he played an instrumental role in placing conditions on aid to Pakistan. He also helped to establish the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement.

Sanjay Puri complements his work with USINPAC with service as president of the Alliance for U.S. India Business (AUSIB). As the founder of AUSIB, he established a congressional task force on trade and investment relations between the United States and India, and he has personally led more than 25 delegations of business and government leaders of the two nations. Through AUSIB, companies can seek opportunities for expanding business between the two countries and assistance with navigating complex regulatory compliance issues.

Mr. Puri has been featured in several media outlets, including National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Times, and CNN. He has spoken in front of such leading organizations as the United States Institute of Peace and the International Leadership Foundation.

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Landmark 2014 Indian Elections Felt as Far as the United States

Earlier this year, the Indian elections received a great deal of attention from Americans. One of the reasons for this level of interest is the fact that more than 500 million Indians (about 65 percent of the eligible to vote population) voted in the election. In the last US Presidential election, only about 55 percent of people vote. The Indian people were motivated to go to the polls and gave an impressive mandate to the country’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The election was of particular interest to Indian Americans due to tensions between the United States and Modi, who had previously been banned from receiving a visa to visit America. In addition, Indian Americans played an active role in the election. Many individuals flew to India to directly participate, while others made countless phone calls to urge friends and family members to make the right decision. Indian Americans crave an effective government in India that will stamp out corruption and other problems that directly affect them in America, as well as leadership that will strengthen ties between India and the United States.

US Lawmakers Shift Attention from China to India

To take advantage of the new economic opportunities possible following the election of the Bharatiya Janata Party in India, diplomats and lawmakers in the United States have begun putting pressure on the White House to shift its investment focus from Beijing to Delhi. In May, the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) organized a conference on Capitol Hill that allowed diplomats and lawmakers to explore possibilities for boosting the limited relationship between India and the United States.

At the conference, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Congressman Ed Royce, explained how investments in India have provided significantly better returns than those in China. While economists have said for years that a relationship with China would be key to a sustained economic future, events this year have demonstrated that this prediction is not quite accurate.

So far, the White House has invested seven or eight times more resources in China than in India, but that may soon change with the new Modi government, which seems up to the task of making the difficult reforms necessary to create a stronger economic relationship.

AUSIB Centers of Excellence

A leading nonprofit trade association dedicated to creating business opportunities in the United States and India, the Alliance for US India Business (AUSIB) has made a significant economic impact in both countries over the past 10 years. To accomplish its mission, AUSIB promotes the growth and development of higher education institutes in India, with the goal of retaining talented, innovative individuals. Through its EduNext Center of Excellence program, AUSIB works hard to improve the quality of education at Indian universities.

The term “Center of Excellence” refers to an organization or team that focuses on research, support, leadership, or training in a particular area. Centers of Excellence represent a valuable resource for collaborating institutes. These centers encourage students to remain on campus rather than studying elsewhere in the world. Centers of Excellence also cater to the needs of the international research community and recruit promising scientists for long-term engagements. Above all, AUSIB Centers of Excellence set out to train the next generation of scientists and researchers.