Washington sources have stated that Nisha Biswal, a former US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, will head the US India Business Council (USIBC), according to an official announcement. Meanwhile Myron Brilliant, US Chamber executive vice-president and head of International Affairs said “We are thrilled to welcome Nisha Biswal to the US-India Business Council and to the US Chamber team".
Meanwhile Brilliant said in a press release that "Under her strong leadership, we’re confident the US-India Business Council will play a critical role growing commercial partnership, investment, and innovation across the world’s oldest and largest democracies". Moreover the 42 year old former diplomat will start her tenure from October 23 next.
Biswal succeeds another Indian American, Mukesh Aghi,
who left the organization following disagreements with the US Chamber of
Commerce. The USIBC, an advocacy group that promotes business and commercial
ties between the US and India, has presence in both the countries. Furthermore
in her roles in the non-government sector, Biswal worked as Director of Public
Policy at Inter Action, and as an international delegate for the American Red
Cross in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
Number of Indian students studying in the US has doubled in the last decade According to a report published by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the total number of Indian students now in the US stands at over 186,000, rising by more than 12% in the last one year. Meanwhile comprising 17.3% of all international students there, the Indian students are only behind China, which remains the top sender of students to the US since 2009-10 when it toppled India for the number one position.
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