Congress Recognizes Indian American IITians
India-West News Desk
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Congress recently passed a resolution acknowledging the “valuable and significant contributions” of Indian Americans, particularly graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), to American society.
Introduced by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, (D-IL), the resolution passed in the House on January 10, emphasized the impactful role played by the Indian American community and IIT graduates across various professions and disciplines on U.S. soil.
Highlighting the growing impact of Indian students in the U.S., the Open Doors Report revealed that over 25 percent of the total one million international students in the United States are Indian. The report for 2022–2023 showed a remarkable 35% increase in the number of Indian students studying abroad in the U.S., reaching an all-time high of 2,68,923 students. The surge in Indian graduate students was particularly notable, with a 63% increase to 1,65,936 students compared to the previous year.
In India, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan referenced this resolution during the inaugural ceremony of the second edition of IInvenTiv-2024 at IIT Hyderabad. He underscored India’s emergence as a significant player in innovation globally.