Indian Student Association

Ashish Kumar Padma Rao, President (

“I hail from the vibrant city of Hyderabad, India, and am currently pursuing my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the School of Media Arts. My passion lies in the world of filmmaking, where I serve as an independent documentary filmmaker and an editor. I also hold the role of President at ISA.”

Meet Lalajibhai Patel, Vice-President (

“I’m from Lawrenceville, IL. I’m a junior undergraduate majoring in Physiology under the pre-medicine track. Additionally, I’m also a Vice President of the Indian Student Association at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.”

Santoshi P., Cultural Secretary


Rajvi Patel, Secretary (

“My name is Rajvi Patel, and I am from Metropolis, IL. I am a second-year undergraduate majoring in Physiology with a minor in Chemistry on a pre-med track. Additionally, I am also the Treasurer for the Indian Student Association at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.”

Manoj Kumar Pallapothula, Treasurer



Dr. Prabir Kolay, Advisor (

The Indian Student Association at Southern Illinois, Carbondale, is a non-profit organization. The purpose of the organization is to provide an opportunity for all students of Indian and foreign origin to interact and share the cultural heritage of India. Our primary goal is to provide a homely atmosphere for the students and families from India. We are concerned with promoting awareness about Indian traditions, cuisine, music, art, and dance forms by conducting events all year round.