Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 13 January 19, 2018 CITY VIEWS By StaffWriter T he newly elected Executive Council of India Association of Long Island held its swearing-in ceremony Jan. 9, at Merrick Golf Course in Merrick, Long Island. Gunjan Rastogi is the new presi- dent of the organization, and is joined by a tem of talented individuals who are experts in their fields, a press release from the organization said. Dr. Neeta Jain, District Leader, District 25, swore in the new officeholders in the presence of a large number of guests, including past presidents of IALI, digni- taries, community leaders, and other IALI members and invited guests. Oath Ceremony program was hosted by IALI Executive council 2018 and team members. The new team includes the following members: President-Gunjan Rastogi, Vice President-Lalit Aery, Secretary-Shashi Malik, Treasurer-Hargovind Gupta, Members at Large: Kuljeet Ahluwalia, Rajeev Chaudhary, Ekta Singh Dass, Sushil Khanna, Surin Manaktala, Balaji Nagaraj, Sujata Seth, Mohinder Singh, Event Advisor-Jyoti Gupta, Finance Chair-Vimal Goyal, Cultural Chair-Amita Karwal, Co- chair-Dr. Ujwala Shah, Membership Chair- Pradeep Tandon, Women’s Forum Chair- Veena Lamba, Co-chair-Lalita Mansukhani, Shalini Pawa, Committee Members: Ravi Kanta Verma, Rachna Shahdadpuri, Rizwana, Sangeet Forum Chair-Anjana Kashyap , Co-chair-Saroj Aery, Senior Forum Nassau County-Vijay Goswamy, Co-Chair Surinder Kade, Senior Forum Suffolk County-Kanta Dutta, Co- Chair- Neena Sawe, Meditation Chair- Narinder Kapoor, Co-chair-Sujata Seth, Outreach Program: Mukesh Modi, Co- Chair- Dr. Jag Kalra, Child Enrichment Chair – Neeru Bhambri, Committee Member -Hargovind Gupta , Public Relations-Ratna Bhalla, Communication Chair-Rajeev Chaudhary, Kids Forum Chair-Ekta Singh Dass, Hospitality Chair- Sushil Khanna, Sports Chair-Surin Manaktala, Media Chair-Indu Shyam Gajwani. The new president gave a speech on her vision for the organization in the coming year including continuing current popular programs and launching the Child Enrichment Program which helps children with science projects and their homework, and enhancing Sports Forum with indoor activities. She also dwelt on using social media to contact every potential member to strengthen IALI's network, and partner with non-profit organizations. India Association Of Long Island Holds Oath Ceremony By StaffWriter ensen was concerned about the quality of the Hindi language teach- ers at the university and requested India’s Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty as well as the Indian- American community to support the Masters’ Program in Hindi pedagogy at Kean University.This master’s program, Jensen said, is the only program which pre- pares people to teach Hindi at schools and prepare for doctoral programs. Chakravorty assured Jensen he would extend all possible support to keep the program running. He also emphasized the significance of the Hindi language adding, “it is high time that we supplement our talk to support the Hindi language and start acting on supporting meaningful teaching of the Hindi language and other learning programs outside of India.” He promised those present of support from the Government of India for such efforts. Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India, addressing Hindi professionals, students, parents and com- munity folks to celebrate Hindi Diwas on January 13. Dr. Jennifer Eddy, presented information on the NewYork State Teacher Certification program for teaching the Hindi language in grades 7-12 and said that the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Critical Languages Education program, which is offered at Queens College, is willing to teach Hindi since there are many Indian- Americans living in Queens. Also at the celebration, Ria Dadheech performed to the song “Ghoomar” from the upcoming film Padmaavat and recited the popular poem titled “Jhansi Ki Rani.” Professor Jennifer Eddy, Queens College, CUNY, guest speaker at Hindi Day event, January 13 at Indian Consulate, NYC Photo:-Jay Mandal/On Assignment Other students representing Educators Society for the Heritage of India, Hindi USA and the Hindi Sangam Foundation STARTALK program also performed at the celebration. The event was organized by Ashok Ojha, the president of Yuva Hindi Sansthan and Hindi Sangam Foundation and the pro- gram director of YHS and the Sangam- Franklin STARTALK Hindi Language and Culture Program 2017, who also announced that the Fifth International Hindi Conference will take place in September, this year. American Organization Celebrates International Hindi Day At Indian Consulate Courtesy :IALI Newly elected members of the Executive Council of the India Association of Long Island, were sworn in Jan. 9, in Merrick, Long Island. Professor Janis Jensen, Director of STARTALK programs, Kean University (Center) was the keynote speaker at the Hindi Diwas event, January 13 at Indian Consulate. Also seen Ashok Ojha, President, HSF Photo:-JayMandal/On Assignment Millenium kids from Hindi Schools in New Jersey participated in a colorful Hindi Day event on Jan 13. J