Ravi Kuchimanchi founded AID in 1981 while Aravinda Pillalmarri has been working with AID since 1995. Over the last 22 years, AID has grown from a small chapter at the University of Maryland to now have over 50 chapters spread in 6 countries.
At Utsav, Ravi and Aravinda will share insights from the humble beginnings of AID in Maryland 22 years ago and future directions. AID-Austin will also provide a summary of the chapter's work over the last year.
Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 6:30PM
Ballroom, Student Activity Center (Room 2.412)
The University of Texas at Austin
2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751
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Ravi Kuchimanchi graduated from IIT Mumbai and holds a PhD from University of Maryland. He founded the Association for India's Development (A.I.D.) in Maryland in 1991. After completing his post-doctoral degree, he returned to India in 1998 to work on integrated socio-economic development issues. Since then, he has worked on many key issues such as rural electrification, education, environment, livelihoods and policy efforts to reduce corruption through the Right to Information Act. His work inspired the Hindi film, Swades, which in a way has been a symbol for the interest of NRIs in India’s development. Click here to watch an interview of Ravi Kuchimanchi by the India Knowledge @ Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Aravinda Pillalamarri has worked with people fighting for social justice in India since 1998. Raising awareness on fair trade and sustainable livelihoods, she works with tailors designing and marketing khadi (handspun) garments with a view to sustaining traditional living in modern times. Recognizing the role of natural birth, breastfeeding, baby-wearing, sleep-sharing, natural hygiene and free learning in promoting maternal and child health and empowerment, she works with parents and teachers in better understanding the value of these practices, how they are already in use, and how they are threatened and resources required to sustain them.