KOA Program Directors


Dr. Tej N. Kaul, Grand Island, New York
Program Director
Educational Assistance Program

Dr. Tej Nath KaulDr. Tej Nath Kaul graduated from Government Medical College-Srinagar, and went on to join the Department of health J&K Govt. He completed his M.D at PGI Chandigarh and was working in Medical College Srinagar until he came to Buffalo, NY in 1978, where he completed his Pediatrics residency & fellowship. Dr. Kaul joined private practice at Summit Pediatrics, in Niagara Falls, NY. Since July 1999, he has served as President of Summit Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics at Mt. Saint Mary’s Hospital in Niagara Falls. Dr. Kaul is also clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo medical school, and has published many papers in the field of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

In his spare time, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes in the US and India. He was one of the founders of the KOA Educational Assistance Program, and has been running it since its inception in 1995. Dr. Kaul has established a charitable trust that runs a non profit High School in Jammu since 1999. This school provides education to the children at subsidized tuition.

Pran Kaul, CA
Program Director
Support A Child Program

Pran KaulPran Kaul has been involved with several community programs since 1990 in the wake of the exodus of the KP community from Kashmir Valley. Having seen the heart rending plight and abject poverty of the refugees first hand back in 1990 and later, he started the children sponsorship program in 1994-95 with the help of donations from caring members of the community in the US, to help our poor brethren to educate their school going children. The program has grown over the years from supporting about forty children in 1994 to about 260 children at present, thanks to our sponsors. The program was subsequently adopted by KOA a few years ago to allow sponsors to take advantage of tax benefits for their contributions. He continues directing and coordinating the program in US while local liaison in Jammu has been doing so in Jammu.

Pran Kaul is also involved in several fund raising efforts to bring medical relief to the ailing and the sick in the refugee camps. He co-founded the Sharda Computer Institute in Jammu along with two other community members here in the US, back in 1998-99 to impart basic computer education to the camp children. With financial help from Cisco engineers of Indian origin, he started the vocational training program about five years ago in Jammu, with ample help and cooperation from KPS. The program is intended for youngsters, who either do not have the aptitude for higher education or do not like to continue studies beyond high school. He has been involved in similar other activities with a view to ameliorating the condition of the camp residents.

Dr. Chand K. Bhan, Andover, MA
Program Director
Medical Funds

Dr. Chand BhanDr. Chand K. Bhan was born and raised in Srinagar. He has received training in general internal medicine and psychiatry. He came to the US in 1974, moved to Massachusetts in 1978, and has been in private practice ever since. Chand ji has been involved with KOA since its inception in the late seventies and has been a life member for over 10 years. He has raised money for the Shreya Bhat memorial hospital in Jammu, run under the leadership of Dr. K.L. Chowdhry. He personally visited the facility and saw patients from its camps in 2007. He witnessed the severe health problems in our community first hand. He has been a member of the KOA medical program since 2005 when it was initiated and took over as the program director in 2007. His mission is to serve and give back to the KP community.

Dr. Hira L. Koul, East Lansing , MI
Program Director
KOA Scholarships

Hira L. KoulDr. Hira L. Koul is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University. Dr. Koul’s research interests include Non- and Semi- parametric Inference, Efficient and Adaptive Estimation, Reliability Theory and Survival Analysis, Inference in Stochastic Processes: Long memory dependence and Time Series Analysis, Weak convergence of Stochastic Processes and their applications to Statistics.