Friends of Gandhi College

Friends of Gandhi College:

In 2013, a community of friends, colleagues, and donors interested in furthering the goals of Gandhi College created a group called Friends of Gandhi College. Anyone who contributes to support Gandhi College through gifts of time, money, or ideas, is a “Friend of Gandhi College.” Friends commit to support Gandhi College as their resources permit. From 2014 to 2018, an ad hoc advisory committee consisting of Mike and Susan Wallace, and Mark and Barbara Cane, managed donations given by friends. Several of the Friends have visited Gandhi College. In particular, Mike and Susan Wallace have visited Gandhi College every year for nearly ten years. The Wallaces and other visitors stay in the Mooney Guest House which is on the second floor of the Chandran Memorial Hall, located about 200 meters from the Shukla family house. The guest house is named after Dr. Ken Mooney who made a generous donation towards the construction of both the Memorial Hall and the Guest House.

Susie Wallace initiated an English language and computer literacy program for college students. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, students from this rural area have the opportunity to learn how to read and write English and communicate via email. When she is not in India, her work has been successfully carried on by a Gandhi College graduate, Anshu Singh. Two college students, Emily Straus and Shannon Grey spent several weeks at the college teaching English.

Anne and Sonia Shukla have visited the college several times. Santosh Jiwrajka, Kiran Jiwrajka, Nikhil Jiwrajka and Neha Jiwrajka visited the college to inaugurate the college library which was built by a generous donation from Santosh and Vinod Jivrajka. The other visitors from the US and UK to Gandhi College include: Prof. David Straus and Dr. Susan Straus, Prof. Mark Cane and Mrs. Barbara Cane, Prof. Tim Palmer and Mrs. Jill Palmer, Prof. Ed Schneider and Penny Ganzel, Prof. Peter Webster, Dr. Ken Mooney, Dr. Arthur Bass and Mrs. Susan Bass, Ms. MaryLynne Evans, Dr. Peggy Morrison, Mr. Robert Rosenbaum, and Mr. Suraj Gyani.

On 31 March 2013, the following persons met in Rockville, Maryland and decided to form the group named ‘Friends of Gandhi College’ (FOGC):

  • Mike and Susie Wallace
  • Arthur and Susie Bass
  • Ashok and Usha Padia
  • Santosh and Kiran Jiwrajka
  • Mark and Barbara Cane
  • David and Susan Straus, and Emily
  • Jay Fein and Elizabeth Fein
  • J. and Anne Shukla, and Sonia

(Ken Mooney, Peter Webster, and Tim and Gill Palmer, Grant and Robin Branstator, Ed Schneider and Penny Ganzel, Antonio Moura, Ed Sarachik, and Dave and Tema Halpern could not attend)

The FOGC group discussed the future of Gandhi College, and in particular, how to ensure that the college achieves excellence in teaching and education and expands the intellectual horizons and social consciousness of students who study there. Gandhi College should strive towards providing holistic education: exposure to art, music, sports and social issues. FOGC would like to see the college as a shining example of honesty, good and transparent management, and long-term mission of improving the lives of rural students, their families, and their localities. The FOGC group felt that once Gandhi College is recognized as a unique college, it will be easy and natural to attract students and visitors from other cities in India and abroad.

The FOGC group expressed its readiness and willingness to help in raising funds and inviting visitors from abroad. Following the meeting, Professor Mike Wallace sent several emails to other friends and colleagues who made donations to support Gandhi College.

Who Supports Gandhi College:

Gandhi College is supported mainly by donations from Anne and J. Shukla, modest fees paid by the students, and private contributions from Friends of Gandhi College. Gandhi College does not receive any funds from local, state, or national government. Gandhi College is sponsored by Chandran Gramin Vikas Sansthan (CGVS) which is a nonprofit society registered in India. CGVS has obtained approval from the Home Ministry of India to receive funds from organizations outside India. To bring Gandhi College to excellence, and to assure its long-term financial security, the Institute for Global Education, Equity of Opportunity and Prosperity (IGEP), established in Maryland, USA, provides support to CGVS and Gandhi College. IGEP provides funds to build classrooms and laboratories; to purchase books and equipment; to provide computers, solar power, and internet connectivity; to provide scholarships; to provide transportation to school for students from remote villages; to support salaries and professional education for teachers and staff; and to help make education available to those who need financial support to study.


The Gandhi College expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude to the friends of Gandhi College for their generous contributions. Thanks to Jennifer Adams, Colin Nackerman, and Vinod Dubey for their volunteer work for the college’s website.

2012

  • S. Bahethi
  • E. Harvey
  • J. Shukla
  • M. and S. Wallace
  • S. and K. Jiwrajka
  • G. and C. Stan
  • M. and B. Cane
  • V. and C. Misra
  • S. Suri
  • P. Ganzel and E.
  • Schneider
  • E. Sarachik
  • H. Virk

2011

  • A. and S. Bass
  • P. and S. Brink
  • A. Dubey
  • E. Harvey
  • V. and C. Misra
  • E. Sarachik
  • R. and S. Suri
  • A. and M. Batra
  • Burien/White Rotary Club
  • V. Ganti
  • S. Hobbs
  • N. and G. Maykut
  • J. Shukla
  • M. and S. Wallace
  • P. Booras
  • M. and B. Cane
  • P. Ganzel and E. Schneider
  • S. and K. Jiwrajka
  • B. Mohan and S. Malhotra
  • D. and S. Srinath
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • M. and R. Dixit
  • S. Govil
  • S. Kang
  • Y. and P. Salu
  • P. and M. Srivastava

2010

  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • J. Chiang
  • Jewish Communal Fund
  • W. and K. Rasmussen
  • R. and S. Suri
  • P. Booras
  • P. Ganzel and E. Schneider
  • S. and K. Jiwrajka
  • E. Sarachik
  • B. Virk
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • E. Harvey
  • D. and D. Monks
  • J. Shukla
  • M. and S. Wallace
  • B. and M. Cane
  • S. Hobbs
  • H. and P. Padia
  • D. and S. Straus

2009

  • K. and K. Artz
  • J. and R. Foster
  • D. and D. Monks
  • E. Sarachik
  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • E. Harvey
  • T. and G. Palmer
  • J. Shukla
  • P. Booras
  • K. Jiwrajka
  • P. Peck
  • G. and S. Stan
  • M. and S. Wallace
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • N. and G. Maykut
  • J. and E. Rucker
  • D. and S. Straus

2008

  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • L. Frey
  • E. Harvey
  • E. Sarachik
  • P. Booras
  • P. Ganzel and E. Schneider
  • S. Jiwrajka
  • R. and V. Singh
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • C. Gebhard and J. Willett
  • P. Peck
  • D. and S. Straus
  • K. Bryan
  • T. and D. Halpern
  • A. Prasad
  • J. and S. Wallace

2007

  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • B. and M. Cane
  • S. Jiwrajka
  • J. Shukla
  • P. Booras
  • P. Ganzel and E. Schneider
  • A. Moura
  • G. Stan
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • L. and L. Gates
  • P. Peck
  • D. and S. Straus
  • K. and H. Bryan
  • E. Harvey
  • E. Sarachik

2006

  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • M. and B. Cane
  • P. Peck
  • N. and A. Bamzai
  • S. Jiwrajka
  • J. Shukla
  • P. Booras
  • M. and K. Kuczun
  • D. and S. Straus
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • K. Mooney
  • I. and Y. Sud

2005

  • C. Avasthy and V. Misra
  • E. Harvey
  • S. and R. Singh
  • P. Booras
  • V. Jivrajka
  • D. and S. Straus
  • E. and B. Borelli
  • S. and K. Jiwrajka
  • P. Ganzel & E. Schneider
  • S. Kim

2003

  • O. and S. Bahethi
  • B. and T. Mathur
  • N. Zussman
  • P. Ganzel & E. Schneider
  • E. Sarachik
  • R.E. Fry
  • B. Schechter
  • K. and S. Jiwrajka
  • S. and E. Sehga

2002

  • K. and S. Jiwrajka
  • B. Pathak

2001

  • V.K. Agarwal
  • R.K. Mishra
  • S.S. Ahluwalia
  • S.N. Singh
  • K. and S. Jiwrajka
  • B. Kirtman

2000

  • S.J. Chaudhary
  • K. and M. Shukla
  • K. and S. Jiwrajka
  • R.K. Mall
  • R. Modi

1999

  • Sita Devi Shukla
  • A. Shukla
  • J. Shukla

Chandran Memorial Fund:

The following friends of Chandran, his sister, and his parents made generous contributions to establish a permanent scholarship in the name of Chandran for needy and meritorious students at Gandhi College.

Arkin, Phil and Margie; Avasthy, Charu and Misra, Vasu; Bacmeister, Julio and Elena; Bahethi, Om and S.; Barki, Jason; Bass, Arthur and Susan; Bass, Naomi; Bates, David and Anne; Booras, Ann T.; Booras, Joanne and George; Booras, Pauline; Borelli, Liz and Ben; Busalacchi, Antonio and Maria; Campana, Kenneth; Cane, Mark and Barbara; COLA Students; Das, Salil and Soma; Detemmerman, Valery E.; Dikeou, James and Joann; Dirmeyer, Paul and Rachel; Doty, Brian; Nanartowich, Patricia; Equi, Louise and Dino; Fein, Jay and Sara; Fennessy, Michael; Fish, Charles; Foster, Joshua; Garfield, Diane; Garyet, Chris and Florence; Garyet, Dean and Karen; Garyet, Michael and Laura; Gates, Lydia; Halpern, David and Tema; Harvey, Elaine and Robert; Hou, Arthur; Huang, Bohua; Zhu, Tong; Jain, K. L.; Kafatos, Menas; Kalnay, Eugenia; Dick, Malise; Kinter, Elly; Kinter, James L.; Kirtman, Ben and Deanna ; Klinger, Barry and Elise; Krishnamurthy, V; Leathers, Robert and Suzanne; Leetma, Ann and Ants; Lindzen, Richard and Nadine; Min, Dughong; Miyakoda, Kiku and Toyoko; Mooney, Kenneth; Nigam, Sumant and Madhu; Paolino, Daniel and Marli ; Peck, Patricia; Peng, Peitao; Yin, Yujin; Perkins, Jack; Perkins, Richard; Philander, George and Hilda; Quick, Raymond and Philana; Reale, Oreste and Francesca; Rienecker, Michele; Adamec, David ; Saha, Suranjana; Saha, Kshudiram; Schneider, Edna; Seedorf, Ron and Debra; Seigel, Barbara; Shea, Eileen; Shetty, Sanath; Stallos, Anastasia; Stallos, George and Ellen; Stephens, Pamela; Straus, David and Susan; Sud, Indu and Yogesh; Team Pro-Motion, Inc.; Troiano, Toni; Vernekar, Anandu; Wallace, Mike and Susan; Willner, Laurette; Yang, Runhua; Yeh, Sang-Wook.

Dr. Kenneth A. Mooney, who was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, and a longtime resident of Reston, Virginia, USA made a generous gift to build a community hall in the village in the name of Chandran.