Indian film and theater actor Dr. Mohan Agashe helped the University of Massachusetts, Boston, raise $5,000 for its India Scholars Program with "An Evening with Dr. Mohan Agashe" on April 25 at the schools campus in Boston. Agashe was visiting the school to give a keynote address titled "Cinema, Books and Us: Media Literacy in the Age of the Image" at the 10th annual Social Theory Forum conference on April 24.
During the dinner fund raiser, Agashe was introduced by UMass Boston Professor Manickam Sugumaran, who heads up the India Scholars Program, which supports low income students of Indian American origin and recognizes the achievements and contributions of UMass Boston Indian students.
Sugumaran is a professor of biology with a focus on protein chemistry and enzymology. He has a bachelor's and a master's degree from Madras University and a doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore. He came to UMass Boston in 1979 as a postdoctoral fellow to study insect biochemistry with Professor Herbert Lipke, a highly regard expert in the field.
In addition to his efforts with the India Scholars Program, Sugumaran also supports the UMass Boston Fund. "Knowing that my contributions provide our students with the resources necessary for success is for me deeply gratifying," he said in a statement.