Atul Punj P’12 hosts a dinner at his home in New Delhi, where Jehuda, Harleen Singh, and I meet Brandeis alumni, current parents, heads and counselors from Delhi schools, and, best of all, some newly-accepted Brandeis students. We are joined again by Vineeta Rai ’66 and by Soli Sorabjee, and we talk with Tejbir Singh, ’70, and his wife Mala, who run Seminar, a highly-regarded monthly journal of South Asian politics and culture; the recent Indian overtures to Pakistan, dominating the news here, provide grist for conversation and some heated discussion.
We have a chance to introduce Brandeis in a personal way to some of the key gatekeepers in Delhi’s private schools. It’s clear that the reputation of Brandeis is growing – but that visits and conversations like these are vital to conveying the strengths of the University and making it a foremost option. This may be particularly true for some of the newer schools in Delhi – institutions that have sprung to life only in the last few years, that are just beginning to send students to U.S. colleges and universities. We field many questions about Brandeis’s history, student life, and academics.
We also meet the families of two students who have just been accepted under the University’s early decision plan. Umedh Bharany and Anuva Jain will be arriving next year, and they and their families were flush with excitement in meeting President Reinharz, and in looking forward to their Brandeis experience. We also meet with a number of parents with children still in high school, who now have additional reasons to consider Brandeis as an option.
Among these conversations, Atul Punj and his wife Bindu animate the party with gracious attention, lively anecdotes, and parental pride.