What is AIA ? Cultural Diversity Social Harmony
The Association of Indians In America, was formed with the following objectives
• To promote the welfare of Asian Indians in the US and to address issues of integration with mainstream America.
• To encourage and facilitate the participation of AIA members and others in the development and progress of India through charitable, cultural and educational activities.
• To promote the image of India in the US by showing its rich culture and traditions through various events.
History of AIA
The Association of Indians in America is the oldest National Association of Asian Indians in America. It was founded on August 20, 1967 after the United States Congress passed the 1965-66 Immigration Act, repealing the Asian Exclusion Act of 1917. The Constitution of the AIA was adopted in 1970 and was incorporated in 1971. AIA obtained the IRS exempt status in 1973.
AIA is the grassroot National Organization of Asian Immigrants in the United States, fostered on the democratic principles of “one member one vote”, with chapters and membership spread across the United States of America. AIA represents the hopes and aspirations of those immigrants who are united by their common bond of “Indian Heritage and American Commitment”.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION
To concern itself with the social welfare of Indians in United States, and to help them become a part of the mainstream of American life.
To facilitate involvement of the members of the Association of Indians in America and others in American community life through Charitable, Educational and Cultural activities.
To facilitate participation by the membership of the AIA and others in the development and progress of India through Charitable, Cultural and Educational activities and to facilitate communication and co-operation among the people Of Indian Heritage worldwide.
HIGHLIGHTS OF AIA ACHEIVEMENTS
- Minority Status to Asian Indian Immigrants in 1970’s
- Tax Exempt Status Certificate Jan 1973.
- Separate Enumeration of Asian Indians for the first time in US censuses an independent category in 1980
- Representation before Congressional committees to testify for family reunification provision in the immigration bill.
- Represented at federal, state and local level of governments, in case of bias or discrimination against the Asian Indians.
- Represented on Foreign medical graduates committee of AMA, effectively addressing the issues of discrimination and licensing of Indian physicians.
- Relief work for Natural Disaster in India and across the World.
- Raising funds to help the victims of 1993 Midwest floods in America
- “Project India” an ongoing project of AIA, has channeled Medical Equipment and Funds for Projects and HIV relief work in India.
- Voter registration drive.
- Acharya Awards Instituted in 1995 to recognize and honor school teachers of Indian descent in USA
- Sushruta and charka Award – Instituted in 1993 to recognize and honor people of Indian origin in the field of Medicine and Health care.
- Deepavali celebration for public: New York City: at South Street Seaport an ongoing event, since 1987, enjoyed by close to More than 100,000 people in tri state residents.
- Recognition of Diwali by City Council in 2004 and suspension of alternate street parking in all the 5 borrows of NYC in 2005 onwards .
- Celebration of Diwali in City hall in 2003, and in Gracie mansion in 2004
- Celebration of Diwali at the White house in 2004.
- Association Welcomed Olympic Torch in NYC in 2004
- Obtained Re-certification of AIA with IRS, thereby bringing up to date all pending Tax issues and ensured AIA’s tax compliant status as a 501 c3 organization Nov 2018 .
- Certificate of incorporation by State of NY June 11 2021.
- AIA Golden Anniversary Gala DEC 1st 2018.
- Raising the Funds and supplying Blankets and clothing’s to the victims Earthquake Disaster in Puerto Rico in 2018.
- Fund raising and construction of school – destroyed by Flood Disaster in Ayoor Village Kerala in 2018.
- Covid 2019 America : Distributed 10,000 gloves and masks Hot meals to front line workers, Groceries to Needy People and distribution of winter jackets to children in home shelters in New York area.
- Raising funds $ 250,000.00 and supplied groceries to more than 13,000 families in Washington DC.
- Covid 19 India : Raising the funds and send Oxygen concentrators and Ventilators and PPE, Gave $ 26,000.00 to PM Fund and Groceries to Needy people.
- Raising the funds and Construction of High School at Khanwa Village of Bharatpur Rajasthan 2021.