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3 Indian Americans among 19 appointed as White House fellows


Washington DC: Three Indian Americans are among 19 persons appointed to the 2021-22 class of White House Fellows. The announcement of appointments to the prestigious programme was made on Monday.

The three who have been selected are Joy Basu and Sunny Patel from California and Aakash Shah from New Jersey.

The class of 2021-22 is the most diverse one in the history of the programme, the President’s Commission has said.

Over half of the fellows are women. The fellows come from a broad cross-section of professions, from private sector, local government, academia, medicine, law and military.

Joy Basu has been placed at the White House Gender Policy Council.

Sunny Patel is placed at the US Department of Homeland Security

Aakash Shah has been placed at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the White House, the fellowship embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a full-time, paid fellow for White House staff, Cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials.

The programme was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B Johnson with the purpose of giving the Fellows “first hand, high-level experience” of working with the federal government and increase their sense of participation in national affairs.

Throughout the year, the Fellows actively participate in an education programme that expands their knowledge of leadership, policy-making and contemporary issues, the White House said.





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