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Shalabh "Shalli" Kumar, Engineer, Entrepreneur and  philanthropist



Shalabh "Shalli" Kumar, Engineer, Entrepreneur and  philanthropist based out of Chicago, born to freedom fighter family of villiage near Ambala, Punjab India. Kumar was graduated from Punjab University in 1965 and earned a BS in electronics engineering in 1969 from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

He moved to US in 1969 and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology where he got recognition for organizing the first exhibition of rare photographs of Indian freedom fighters such as Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad.

In 1975, Shalabh Kumar as Chairman and CEO of  AVG founder  became specialize in business of automation controls, semiconductors, telecommunications, thick-film hybrids, electronic component manufacturing and distribution. Now as headquarters in Chicago, he has operations all over the world. He also served as as president or CEO of Circuit International Incorporated, Microfast Controls Corporation, Electronic Support Systems, PEC Reliance, Lika Tandy Corporation, Mc Technologies, and Hi-Tech Systems Corporation. Kumar has also been employed with Nanofast Incorporated and National Controls Corporation

Democratic Party to Republican Party:

Shalabh Kumar as a political activist supporter of the Democratic Party until he met President Reagan and Jack Kemp in 1979. Working along with Don Totten, Reagan’s mid-west campaign manager in 1980, he converted a minority of Indian American community members and formed the first Indian American Republican organization in the country in 1983. He also served on a Reagan small business advisory council during the early eighties.

After Bin Laden was found hiding in Pakistan, Kumar became an active citizen lobbyist on Capitol Hill to support Texas Congressman Ted Poe’s bill to cut off foreign aid to Pakistan and the Bill passed in August 2012.

  • Kumar and NIAPPI had the foresight to take a high level Congressional and Business delegation in March 2013 to visit the then Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat in India. Later Modi won as the Prime Minister of India in May 2014, at that time characterized this visit as a boost to propel Modi as the front runner for the post of PM of India.
  • Kumar chairs the Indian American Advisory Council of the House Republican Conference.  Kumar has organized meetings between American and Indian politicians, and has particularly close ties with with Hindu organisation RSS and Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.
  • As the Punjabi Tycoon, the biggest supporter of Modi in US, Kumar and Ramesh Patel, Chairman FIA, NY  were quite active in preventing S 744 bill passed by US Senate to be taken up by the US House of Representatives. The S 744 Bill was perceived to affect the economy of both India and US by putting uncalled for restrictions on Indian IT professionals working on temporary work visas in the US. S 744 was opposed by US Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kumar is engaged in the formation of Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) with Speaker Gingrich as Honorary Chairman and with the blessing and support of the leadership and membership of US Congress as well as RNC. Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
  • In June 2016, Kumar attended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to Joint session of US congress as a special guest of Paul Ryan along with his goddaughter, Miss India, and AVG ambassador Manasvi Mamgai.
  • In July 2016, Kumar became a public supporter of Donald.  Kumar cited Trump's stance on Pakistan and Muslims, namely Trump's plan to profile Muslims.
  • Kumar also lauded Newt Gingrich's calls for increased scrutiny of American Muslims and increased surveillance against mosques in the United State

In 2011, Vikram Aditya, Kumar's son, married England born  2007-Miss Earth India Pooja Chitgopekar in NZ where she was living with her Indian immigrant parents. the biggest wedding in NZ history, it featured 9 helicopters forming a grooms party also called a “Barrat” in the Hindu wedding tradition, and a musical extravaganza lasting three days featuring King of Pop, Daler Mehndi

He is Chairman of Indian American Advisory Council of House Republican Conference, US Congress (Parliament) and Chairman of National Indian American Public Policy Institute



Vikram Aditya Kumar

Vikram Aditya Kumar, the eldest son of Shalabh and Shama Kumar, immigrants from India, was born in 1985 in Barrington, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

He went to Rumsey Hall boarding school set in the remote hills of Connecticut at an early age of ten where Mr. Tom Farmen, Headmaster of the School was appointed as his official Guru, followed by further studies at Hotchkiss High School also in Connecticut, USA. Vikram learnt the value of hard work and discipline at a very early age. Anyone looking for Vikram, at most any time of the day could always find him in his favorite spot in the library if not in class-room. It was no surprise that he was the Valedictorian at Rumsey graduation, and the Top performer in math at Hotchkiss.

Vikram went on to study Electrical Engineering at the Kumars’ favorite university that is Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where he got his BSEE in 2007. He graduated Suma-cum-Laude with ETA KAPPA NU honors to be among the top 5% graduating engineers in the country.

Right after graduation, Vikram Kumar joined the family business, to which he had been exposed to as early as 10 year old doing summer jobs.