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( February 25, 1999)
GRADUATE STUDENTS ESTABLISH FELLOWSHIPS FOR SDSM& T INDIA STUDENTS
Two graduate students from India at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) have let little time pass before giving back to their alma mater. Rajesh Namile and Sudhir Muthyalapati, who are natives of India, recently established fellowships in their names to provide annual support to SDSM& T graduate students from India.
Less than two months after receiving his Master’s degree in Computer Science from SDSM& T, Namile made a commitment to provide a $ 500 annual fellowship to the graduate students from India with the highest academic achievement in computer science. Muthyalapati, who will be a candidate for a Master’s degree in electrical engineering at SDSM& T’s spring commencement this May, has established a fellowship in the amount of $ 200 to be awarded annually to the graduate student from India who has the highest academic achievement in electrical engineering.
“ We both experienced financial hardship in our first months as new students in a new country,” said Namile and Muthyalapati. “ Our goal is to help future students from India who are following in our footsteps.”
Their commitments were inspired by the generosity of Dr. S. K. Dash during his recent campus visit to speak to the SDSM& T India Club’s 50th anniversary celebration of India’s Republic Day. Dr. Dash, a native of India and an alumnus of South Dakota State University with Masters and Ph. D. degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry, donated $ 2,500 earmarked for the establishment of an annual scholarship for India students at SDSM& T. Dr. Dash, who resides in Edina MN, is best known as a probiotic pioneer and for his DDS- Acidophilus, a microbial supplement beneficial for digestive disorders, yeast infection, cholesterol and after antibiotic therapy.
“ These two gentlemen witnessed Dr. Dash’s gesture of generosity and wanted to do the same thing,” said Brad Johnson, Senior Development Officer, SDSM& T Foundation. " This wonderful commitment allows us to recognize these two young men as Ambassadors in the School's first- ever capital campaign, Vision 2000."
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