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NRI, gives $1 million to California Community college

GLENDALE, California, Sep., 08, 2005
Mohinder Paul
NRI press

NRI (non-resident Indian), Bhupesh Parikh and his wife Kumud donate $1 million to Glendale Community College, for the allied health/digital multimedia building currently under construction.

Bhupesh Parikh came to the U.S. from India three decade ago, earned his Masters degree in structural engineering from USC. Parikh established a business in Glendale as a structural engineer and builder, credited with building many of the homes in the Verdugo Woodlands/College Park area of Glendale.

NRI Parikh and his family also believe strongly in education. "I believe smaller colleges offer bigger opportunities to middle and lower class students," he said. Parikh has been a Glendale resident since 1969 and now resides in his third home since moving to the city, which is just a mile away from the college.

"We've given to so many projects in India," Parikh said. My daughter especially said, 'we live here, so we should give here.'"

Parikh's wife, Kumud, took accounting classes at GCC, although his daughters have attended other universities. "We look around and we thought giving to a university will not ... make any big difference to them," Parikh said. "But if I give to the small community college where I live and work and where I made money, that would be beneficial to (the) working class and youths."

According to School officials, in recognition of this large donation, the structure will now be named the Bhupesh Parikh Health Sciences and Technology Building.The donation will help the college nearly double the number of nurses it graduates every semester - from the current 36 to about 66.

The three-story building is being constructed near the Advanced Technology Building. The project provides the first on-campus lab for the Health Sciences Division.


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