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May 2015

New Group Mentors Students, Connects Alumni


Members of the Indian Alumni Network include (from left) Kunal Veera MS’14, Adit Vakharia MS’14, Krunal Patel MS’14, Nitesh Rajpurohit MS’14, Sanket Kamath MS’13, Vini Jaiswal MS’13 and Mayur Mehta MS’10, MBA’14

When Mayur Mehta arrived from India to study business at UT Dallas, his professors gave him a tough assignment: start networking. But he was used to a different culture in India, and Mehta was at a loss on how to begin.

"Everyone tells you to network, but how do you network? What is networking?"

Around the world, a dedicated group of UT Dallas graduates has formed the Indian Alumni Network to help the next generation of Indian students at the University navigate these types of questions and other issues that arise while pursuing an education in a different country.

At the group’s event on campus earlier this month, students met with graduates about résumés, internships, networking strategies and conducting job searches.

Jinali Goradia is pursuing her master’s degree in information technology and management, while also hunting for an internship and a job. She attended the mentoring event and welcomed the one-on-one coaching from Vini Jaiswal MS’13.

Alumni and students also chatted about a common struggle: juggling finances while in school. The group is working to reduce the financial burden for students through the Indian Alumni Network UTD Scholarship. So far, 11 students have received support as a result of the group’s philanthropy.

"After students graduate, we want them to give back to the University and to come back," said Sanket Kamath MS'13. “This group is a great platform for the alumni to connect with each other."

UT Dallas attracts high-achieving students from all over the world. Nearly a quarter of UT Dallas students are from other countries.

"This group of alumni is a great help for students like me,” Goradia said. “They help us to feel more comfortable away from our homes in India, as many have already been through the same situations."

The Indian Alumni Network also hosted an event last year for prospective students in India, and will soon co-sponsor an outing to a baseball game for visiting students from India.

Learn more about the group here.

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