strives to be an
of the campus
events all year
long. | GISO
and Museum District. Out of courtesy, the organization provides free airport pickup as well as temporary living accommodations to new students from
India. On average, 150 Indian students are picked up
from the airport each fall semester and live with seniors until they find their own arrangements. In addition to helping new Indian students, GISO is vividly
active around campus. GISO hosts bake sales with
traditional Indian pastries, a cricket tournament, and
a large annual event called 'Maitri' which presents
Indian music, dance, and costumes to other UH
students. GISO is closely affiliated with the International Students and Scholars Services Office at UH.
"I feel proud to be a small part of
the big picture at UH.... I am a well-
rounded Cougar and very proud to
- Tejas Chitnis, vice president for public relations,
Graduate Indian Students Organization
In all their 11 years of being involved with Indians,
GISO is proud to say that they have never missed
an airport pickup. The organization was honored last
year with a plaque for their work with Indian students.
"For me, GISO has been an integral part of my
life in Houston and at UH. As the Vice President,
Public Relations, I have enjoyed my interaction with
other organizations on and off campus, and feel
proud to be a small part of the big picture at UH,"
Tejas Chitnis arrived in Houston after completing
his bachelor's degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering in India. He, like many Indian
students, was picked up at the airport by GISO. He
has been a UH student for two years and is working
on a master's degree in electrical engineering while
gaining experience in the field.
"I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ogmen (previous head of the Electrical Engineering Department
at the Cuiien College of Engineering) while he was
visiting Pune, India on some official work," Chitnis said on why he decided to attend UH. "I was
impressed by the interaction with him, and was
excited to experience the quality of education at UH.
Now that I have graduated, I am extremely satisfied
with my decision to join UH. I feel as if I was able
to get all that I expected out of these 2 years of
education, including the experiences outside of my
classes. I am a well rounded Cougar and very proud
to be one."
Chitnis particularly finds the education at UH to
be rewarding and comforting, with its large diversity.
"While working towards my degree at UH, I have
been able to learn as much outside of my classes
as much as I learnt in them. The whole atmosphere
here, with the diverse group of students studying
with me has given me a truly international experience. I feel like a world citizen, someone who can
go to any corner of the world and feel at home.
This is a very important, especially in this globalized
world, where you may find yourself having breakfast
in Japan, lunch in India, supper in France and a late
night party in USA."
As any international student in a new place experiences, barriers build up while adjusting to a new
life. For Indian students, language is not much of an
issue since India used to be a British colony, so the
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