Ever More Undocumented Indian Migrants Follow ‘Donkey’ Route to America

WASHINGTON POST, March 03, 2024 Indians have come to make up the third-largest group of undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center's 2021 estimates, which put the number of such Indians at 725,000. India is the only country in the top five outside Latin America, and since 2011, the number of undocumented Indians in the United States has grown by 70 percent, the fastest growth of all nationalities. Figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection show that the number of undocumented Indian immigrants increased the fastest between 2020 and 2023. Devesh Kapur is quoted.

Bhopal: A Tale of Two Tragedies

GLOBAL HEALTH NOW, February 28, 2024 Bhopal, the historic city of begums (Muslim empresses or royal consorts) and lakes, is located in the heart of central India. The metropolis, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh, retains its charm from a bygone era. Centuries-old buildings seamlessly blend in with modern high-rises. Despite its historic significance, however, Bhopal is most known for tragic disasters: a poisonous methyl isocyanate gas leak in 1984 and decades later, when another disaster loomed in March 2020, as COVID-19 began surging in India.

India’s Thirst for Improved Water Security

EAST ASIA FORUM, February 27, 2024 India is facing a severe water crisis, leading to almost 200,000 deaths annually. It is crucial for the government to reassess power and water subsidies, implement targeted programs addressing groundwater depletion, shift crop patterns towards less water-intensive options and adopt efficient technologies to tackle the crisis. The government must act now to prevent millions from experiencing water stress by 2025.

Small And Overlooked: Amount Of Repetitive DNA In Blood Hints at Cancer Early

HOPKINS MEDICINE, March 04, 2024 People with cancer have different amounts of a type of repetitive DNA — called Alu elements — than people without cancer. Now, machine learning can measure that from a blood draw. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have used this finding to improve a test that detects cancer early, validating and reproducing the results by starting with a sample size tenfold larger than typical of such types of studies. Chetan Bettegowda is a study co-author.

At US universities, record numbers of Indian students seek brighter prospects — and overseas jobs

AP NEWS, March 11, 2024 Historic numbers of students from India are studying at foreign universities as a fast-growing, aspirational generation of young people looks for opportunities they can’t find at home. India estimates 1.5 million students are studying at universities elsewhere — an eightfold increase since 2012 — with no country attracting more than the U.S. For Pranay Karkale, a JHU student, staying in India never felt like an option. As an undergraduate in India, he became interested in engineering management, which merges engineering and leadership skills. It’s a growing industry in the U.S. and Europe, but Karkale, who is from the western Indian state of Maharashtra, couldn’t find any master’s programs in India.

Johns Hopkins Top Producer of Fulbright Grants for 14th Consecutive Year

THE HUB, February 13, 2024 One notable JHU Fulbright recipient is Baldeep Dhaliwal, a BSPH third year PhD candidate in the Department of International Health from Chandigarh, India. "For me, the most rewarding experience was spending so much time with the ASHAs—visiting their homes for birthdays and holidays, laughing and enjoying their hospitality and company. This really gave me the chance to integrate and fully participate in their society. I also really enjoyed getting to make stronger connections with researchers in India—I am so grateful that I was able to work closely with Dr. Anuradha and Dr. Madhu. They were amazing mentors to me, and it is incredibly special to continue those relationships."

AI Regulation Necessary to Address Potential Risks, Key Senators Say

THE HUB, February 29, 2024 U.S. Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), who have strong track records in bipartisan technology legislation, discussed AI policy during a wide-ranging conversation at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C. Two leading AI experts from Johns Hopkins University—Rama Chellappa and K.T. Ramesh, interim co-directors of the university's new Data Science and AI Institute and professors in the Whiting School of Engineering—shared their thoughts, advocating for legislative oversight that strikes the right balance by protecting citizens and our democracy without stymying AI growth and innovation.

ACCELERATE Featured in Best of 2023 by JHU

ACCELERATE, February 06, 2024 The PEPFAR and USAID-supported project ACCELERATE, implemented through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was recently featured in the Best of 2023 from the USAID India/Health Office. Read more about how the project is revamping the mapping of HIV-affected vulnerable populations, supporting mental health for youth in Manipur, and an update on India's first peer-led e-pharmacy led by people living with HIV.

Diwali 2023 in Baltimore

BIOMEDICAL ODYSSEY, January 24, 2024 Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a holiday often associated with Hinduism and the Indian subcontinent. However, it is celebrated by South Asian communities of diverse religious and nonreligious backgrounds around the world, and it marks triumphs such as good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. The holiday, based on the lunar calendar, is observed each year around October and November. Because the lunar calendar shifts each year, Diwali’s date also changes — in 2023, it fell on Nov. 12. It happened to be my first year celebrating Diwali in Baltimore.

Ashoka-MyHealthcare partnership secures Johns Hopkins GKII breakthrough grant

EXPRESS HEALTHCARE, February 14, 2024 The collaboration between MyHealthcare and Ashoka University has marked a significant milestone in health data research by securing Johns Hopkins GKII Breakthrough Grant for Health Data Research. The Ashoka-MyHealthcare partnership is focused on leveraging technology, clinical expertise, and big data, to accelerate health informatics and data-driven evidence generation, and in turn, deliver better patient care outcomes.

Dr. Kunchok Dorjee: Leading the Charge in the Fight Against Global TB

NUNCHI, February 09, 2024 Dr. Kunchok Dorjee (he/him) is a physician and epidemiologist specializing in tuberculosis (TB). He serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine and International Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Dorjee sat down with RC Sadoff to discuss his personal and professional experiences with infectious diseases and refugee populations.

How India Gave the US a Generation of Business School Deans

FINANCIAL TIMES, February 06, 2024 Devesh Kapur, Professor of South Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, says: “I firmly believe that the mirror image is how weakly Indian higher education has [performed]. India has gifted the US, in particular, immense talent. It’s worth reflecting what they could have done if they had stayed, and what India has lost.”

New Johns Hopkins institute aims to make Baltimore an AI hub

THE DAILY RECORD, January 09, 2024 The new Data Science and Translation Institute, announced several months ago and planned for the western edge of the Homewood Campus, is expected to be “the leading academic hub for data science and artificial intelligence – a resource that will bring world-class experts to the Baltimore region and drive game-changing innovations,” said Rama Chellappa, interim co-director of the planned institute and a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins.

Task Force Report on Expanding US-India Partnerships

Association of American Universities, January 29, 2024 In the development of this report, AAU’s Task Force on Expanding U.S.-India University Partnerships has examined ways to facilitate new connections for joint research partnerships, dual faculty appointments, and increased student mobility between both countries and at all levels. To address and overcome the challenges to developing new collaborations between U.S. and Indian institutions, new models of engagement are needed. These models must seek to expand meaningful, high-impact, and co-designed partnerships between U.S. and Indian research universities.

Catching Up with Kunal Parikh

HOPKINS MEDICINE, January 01, 2024 Kunal Parikh, Ph.D. is no stranger to the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine community. He first came to Johns Hopkins University in 2012 to start his Ph.D. degree. He gained valuable research experience while working at the Center for Nanomedicine at Wilmer and has collaborated with Wilmer faculty on several initiatives, earning two Catalyst Prizes from the U.S. National Academy of Medicine this year in tandem with Wilmer ophthalmologists. 

BJ Govt Medical College to check efficacy of ultra-short TB preventive therapy on people with HIV

INDIAN EXPRESS, December 21, 2023 The study ‘One to Three’ will compare the treatment completion of daily dose of Rifapentine and Isoniazid for a month (1HP) to the weekly dose of Rifapentine and Isoniazid for three months (3HP) in persons living with HIV in Pune. “Evidence from this study will give insights into the adoption of ultra-short 1HP regimens in Indian settings,” said Dr. Vidya Mave, director and leader of BJGMC JHU Clinical Research Site.