ABOUT BHAVAN USA
The U.S.Branch of the Bhavan was established in New York on October 2, 1981- the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It started functioning from Queens where Hinduja Foundation had given a property for its use. With the enormous support of the community, Bhavan, USA ,moved from Queens to a larger area in Manhattan, New York City in September 1993 to enable it to reach out to a larger community, both Indian and non-Indian as also to be a part of main stream community. The 15 year old Bhavan, USA is now located at 305, Seventh Avenue, 17th Floor, ( between 27th & 28th Street), New York, NY 10001.
The Bhavan, USAs founder-chairman was Mr. C.V.Narashimhan Rao, former Under Secretary General and Chef de Cabinet in the United nations, Prof. Robert F. Goheen, President Emeritus of Princeton University and the former U.S. Ambassador to India has been the Chairman since 1983. The former Under Secretary General in the U.N. Mr. Virendra Dayal was the Vice Chairman until 1989 and Mr. C.R.Garekhan U.N.s Under Secretary General and former Indian Ambassador to the U.N. is the presently the Vice Chairman to the Bhavan,USA. The organization has a broad based Board of Directors and an executive Committee with the members representing different regions and linguistic groups of Indian as well as the American community.
Dr. P.Jayaraman has been the Executive Director of the Bhavan, USA since its inception in 1981.
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan was founded in India in 1938 by the visionary Dr. K.M.Munshi with the blessing of Mahatma Gandhi in order to revive the true Indian culture, heritage and education suppressed for centuries by foreign powers. It has more than 60 branches and several educational institutions, schools, Arts, Science and Commerce Colleges., Engineering Colleges, Management Institutes, Computer Centers and Music - Dance Teaching Centers in India and it has to his credit more than 1000 publications on varied subjects, such as scriptures, epics, history, religious, philosophy, culture and other subjects of public interest.
It has four overseas branches functioning in London ( U.K.); New York (USA); Lisbon (Portugal) and Mexico city.