November 11, 2008
KOA Elections Update
Dear KOA Members:
The KOA elections for the year 2008 are over. Previously, the NEC appraised you about the nominations received. Only one nomination was received for each of the following positions:
KOA President, and KOA Zone Director for Zones 1 and 7.
For KOA Zone 8 Director, two nominations were received. Dr. Abhinav Raina withdrew his nomination. No nominations were received for Director KOA Zones 3, 4 and 6.
On behalf of NEC-KOA 2008, I am pleased to announce the election ofMr. Pradumon Tickoo, Grand Rapids, MI 49505, as the new President-Elect of KOA. Congratulations to Mr. Tickoo! In his nomination acceptance, Mr. Tickoo sent the following message:
The NEC also announces and congratulates the following persons as KOA Zone Director as indicated:
Zone 1: Ms. Nirmala Mitra
Zone 7: Mr. Ajay Koul
Zone 8: Ms. Veena Kaul
Since no nominations for KOA Zone Director for Zones 3, 4 and 6 were received by the set deadline, emails were sent to the KOA membership in these Zones. KOA members from these Zones suggested names on which the NEC deliberated. The NEC is pleased to announce and congratulate the following persons as KOA Zone Director as indicated:
Zone 3: Mr. Umesh Kaul, New Jersey
Zone 4: Ms. Asha Bakaya, Maryland
Zone 6: Dr. Rakesh Raina, Georgia
It has been a pleasure to serve our own KOA.
With namaskars and best regards,
Autar Mattoo, Chair 2008 KOA NEC
Hira Nakhasi, Member
Sujata Quasba, Member
Soman Dhar, Member
Dear members of the community,
Voting was conducted on Friday Feb 22nd 2008 regarding the proposal as below. The proposal was approved by the board of directors.
I am submitting the following proposal for your approval in order to support additional students in the Support A Child (SAC) Program and the Education Assistance Program (EAP) for a period of 2 years (2008-2009) with the funds available in the KOA's Education Fund.
The details are provided below:
Balance in Education Fund (end of 2007): $24750
Balance in Education Fund from previous Administration: $4071
Total Balance in Education Fund at the end of 2007: $28821
Funds Transferred from Education Fund to other programs in Jan 2008 (on donor's request): $900 (EAP) + $675 (SAC) = $1575
Current Balance in Education Fund: $28821 - $1575 = $27246
Proposed Funding from Education Fund:
1. Support A Child (SAC):
Funds required for 20 students for 2 years (2008-2009) = 20 students x 2 years x $225/student/year = $9000
2. Education Assistance Program (EAP):
Funds required for 15 students for 2 years (2008-2009) = 15 students x 2 years x $300/student/year = $9000
Total funding required = $9000 + $9000 = $18000
Please submit your vote (YES, NO, ABSTAIN) to the KOA secretary, Soman Dhar, by Friday, February 22, 2008, 12:00PM EST.
President, Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), Inc.
February 16, 2008: KOA's Annual College Bound ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for 2008
Each year KOA awards one time achievement award to a Kashmiri Pandit College bound student living in the USA. Any high school senior student meeting the following requirements qualifies to apply for this award:
- High school GPA of at least 3.5.
- SAT score of at least 1985 out of 2400. Or an ACT score of at least 30.
- A two-page essay about Kashmiri Pandit heritage.
- The applicant should have some Kashmiri community related experience.
Details are at:
This is the formal notification to invite applications for KOA's Annual College Bound ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for the year 2008. Applicants need to send the following material to Dr. Hira Koul via email at
email@example.com. edu (koul @ stt . msu . edu).
- High School GPA
- SAT or ACT Score
- A maximum of two page essay on Kashmiri Pandit heritage
- Kashmiri community related experience details.
This year the deadline for receiving applications is March 31, 2008.
Dr. Hira Koul (MI) is the coordinator for this program and chairs the selection committee that additionally includes Dr. Hira Nakhasi (MD) and Mr. Vijay Kaul (FL). This selection committee will evaluate all the applications and select the winner(s).
I personally request all the parents to encourage their college-bound children to participate in this program.
President, Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA), Inc. USA
San Antonio, Texas
November 19, 2007: KOA Directory
I hope you all celebrated Diwali with your family and friends.
As already informed, we plan to publish long-awaited KOA directory by early part of 2008. If you have moved and changed your contact information recently, please fill out the following online form at:
If, for whatever reasons, you are unable to fill out the form, please send the pertinent details (that the form asks) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Around Mid-January, we will send the draft version of directory as pdf to all the members. At that point, members will have two weeks to revert back to us with any last minute changes. And then in February, the final version will go out.
Please keep in mind, the printed version of the KOA directory will be mailed only to those who are currently paid members. The unpaid members will get its pdf version via email. In order to respect the privacy of our members, there will be no online version of the directory available on the KOA website. If you have not become a member yet, you can signup at:
There are two ways to become a KOA member:
At present, following types of memberships are available:
a) Regular Membership for community members residing in USA
b) Associate Membership for community members residing outside of USA
We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
San Antonio, Texas
September 13, 2007: Inspiring news from Udhampur
PRIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Left to Right: Ruchi Kandroo (10th), Sakshi Bhat (9th), Neeshu Bhat (10th)
This picture has been provided by Sh. Bhushan Garoo
These young girls from the Battal Balian refugee camp near Udhampur, who attended the Rishi Memorial School, secured 9th and
joint 10th positions in the 8th Grade public examinations conducted by the District Board of Education. More than 8,000 students appeared in the examination from all over Udhampur district, and only the top ten positions were notified in the government gazette.
The Rishi Memorial School is a tangible success story of collective community effort. It educates approx. 175 kids through the 8th grade, an overwhelming majority of whom are refugee Kashmiri Pandit kids. The school employs 17 staff (1 principal, 13 teachers and 3 support staff), out of which 15 are refugees from Kashmir.
Individuals interested in making tax-exempt contributions, please visit KOA Education Fund.