Non-resident Indians (NRI) are individuals of Indian origin who live outside of the Republic of India. There are over 31 million NRIs worldwide with over 4.5 million in the U.S. The 38-year-old NRI Welfare Society in India strives to bring together Indians worldwide to contribute to India’s development, and facilitates NRI interaction with the Indian government. According to NRI Welfare Society’s website, the organization’s goal is to strengthen the emotional bond between India and Non-Resident Indians (NRI).
In July 2018, Ghose was awarded the Hind Rattan – Jewel of India by NRI Welfare Society, which annually recognizes 25-30 NRI achievers from around the world. In January 2019, he was awarded the Nav Rattan – Nine Gems, which is given to nine higher level achievers from around the world.
Ghose believes his acceptance speech for the Hind Rattan – Jewel of India caught the attention of the organization. He also said two of his paper presentations in India on the Republic Day of India were also very well received. After his second presentation, the organizer of the event asked if Ghose could give the society some advice and Ghose replied, “You do all the groundwork and I will be an armchair quarterback?” He said he did not think they genuinely wanted his advice. However, in March he was informed that he was being considered for President of the USA chapter. On March 19, he was appointed to the position with immediate effect. On April 13, he was also appointed to the organization’s advisory board.
“I felt shocked and overwhelmed to be named president,” Ghose said. “The people associated with the society are mostly multimillionaires, industrial tycoons, eminent national and international politicians and legal minds, top scientists, and highly decorated achievers. Where do I belong in this distinguished and powerful group?”
As NRI Welfare Society’s USA chapter president, Ghose is responsible for identifying Indians in the U.S. who have made exemplary contributions in various fields in the U.S. so they can be recognized and shown that their motherland cares for them. Additionally, he will facilitate assistance to U.S. organizations interested in doing business with India but are facing inconveniences and roadblocks.
Ghose is excited to incorporate his NRI Welfare Society work into his classroom at the University of Findlay. Any Findlay student can volunteer with the society’s operations, get work experience, build career and global competencies, and strengthen their resumes, Ghose said. UF’s College of Business provides cultural experiences through study abroad trips, exciting internships, and a diverse business curriculum.