4 Indian Americans among finalists for White House Fellows programme

May 6th, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

By Arun Kumar
Washington, May 6 (IANS) The White House has picked four Indian Americans among the 30 finalists for the White House Fellows Programme, considered America’s most prestigious programme for leadership and public service.

The four Indian Americans who have made it to this coveted list are Sudip Bose, Anish Mahajan, Raj Shah and Manish Sethi.

While Sudip Bose is an attending emergency physician at Advocate Christ Medical Centre, Chicago, Anish Mahajan is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Poughkeepsie in New York.

Manish Sethi is a surgical resident at the Harvard Combined Orthopedics Programme at Brookline in Massachusetts and Raj Shah is an MBA studying at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in Georgia.

“This year’s finalists represent some of our nation’s most promising leaders,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Most importantly, each one of the White House Fellows finalists has found a way to positively impact the lives of those around them.”

The finalists represent a diverse cross-section of professions, including business, medicine, law, non-profit sector, media, state government, finance, and education, the White House said Tuesday.

Founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, “this non-partisan program offers exceptional men and women experience working at the highest levels of the federal government”.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the federal government.

Previous fellows include CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, another Indian American, besides former secretary of state Colin Powell, retired US Army General Wesley Clark, former CNN chairman and CEO Tom Johnson and US Court of Appeals Judges M. Margaret McKeown and Deanell Reece Tacha.

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