US Congress resolution recognizes contributions by Indian diaspora, IITs

Rep. Krishnamoorthi urged the authorities to honor the contributions of the Indian diaspora and IITs

Krishnamoorthi urged the House to recognize the role of the diaspora in advancing American society. / Unsplash

A resolution to recognize the contribution of the Indian diaspora and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduates to the United States was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month.

Sponsored by Indian American Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the bill titled “Expressing the great contributions to American society by Indian-American communities and the graduates of the Indian Institutes of Technology in the United States.”  was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Accountability on January 10, 2024.

Krishnamoorthi, Illinois’ 8th District representative, underlined the valuable and significant contributions made by the Indian diaspora and IIT graduates on American soil. 

He lauded IIT graduates for their commitment and dedication to research, innovation, and promotion of trade and international cooperation between India and the U.S.

The Congressman also urged the House to recognize and appreciate the role played by the diaspora in advancing American society. 

Recently, India’s education minister Dharmendra Pradhan hailed the resolution while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the second edition of IInvenTiv-2024 at IIT Hyderabad. “The US Congress recently passed a resolution extolling the contribution of IITians in the development of the US. This is our brand value and strength,” he said, according to a report

The IIT was the first foreign university recognized during the 109th US Congress in 2005. The Congress passed House Resolution 227, co-sponsored by former Congressman Bobby Jindal, to acknowledge the efforts made by IITians in all walks of life. 

The number of Indian students studying in the U.S. saw a 35 percent uptick in 2022-2023 to reach an all-time high of 268,923 students. Over 25 percent of international students studying in the States are Indian, making them the second-largest international student group, an Open Doors Report (ODR) found.