AIA – Indian Heritage American Commitment

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.

Through its pioneering efforts in the last three decades, AIA has developed a significant roster of achievements. These include obtaining an independent category for Asian Indians in the US Census for the first time in 1980, representation before Congressional committees to testify for the family reunification provision in the Immigration Bill, and extensive fund-raising for victims of natural disasters in India.

President's Message

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am truly Honored and Privileged to be elected as the First woman to head this great Organization at the National level.

AIA is is a the Grass Root organization of Asian immigrants in united states, fostered on the Democratic principle of “one member one vote“, with chapters and memberships spread across the United States of America. It was founded on August 20th 1967, adopted by US congress in 1970 ., incorporated in 1971 and obtained the IRS Tax Exempt in 1976

Dr. Urmilesh Arya, President, AIA

A Brief 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.

AIA - National Executive Committee ( NEC )


Dr. Urmilesh Arya NY

Vice President

Gobind Munjal NY
Nalini Shah NJ
Dr. Naresh Bhasin FL
Dr. Sunil Mehra NY


Neelam Modi NY


Dr. Usha Bansal NY

Members at Large

Hansa Ashar CA
Dr. Sudha Gupta FL
Naveen Mehan FL
Mahender Gupta FL
Prem Mehrotra IL
Ashish Sen IL
Lucy Pandey IL

Santosh Pandey IL
Dr Suresh Gupta MD
Ravi Mehrotra NJ
Jaswant Mody NJ
Major Krishna Chari NJ
Uma Swaminathan NJ
Dr. Jagdish Gupta NY

Dr. Bal Gilja NY
Dr. Deepak Nandi NY
Gita Anand NY
Mukesh Modi NY
Indu Jaiswal NY
Indu Gujwani NY
Dr. Binod Verma NY

Mohinder Taneja NY
Sushma Kotahwala NY
Gunjan Rastogi NY
Dr. Tara Lodha NY
Santosh Khera NY
Harish Thakkar NY
Kamlesh Saini WI