Philanthropy in the Indian American Community Giving Back to India and America

Philanthropy is an act of contributing personal wealth, goods, time, talent, and expertise for charitable or similar causes to promote ...

By Inder Singh

Ahuja Medical Center

Monte Ahuja, like most of the students who came in the 1950s and 1960s, brought barely enough money from India to buy food for a day. Monte founded Transtar Industries and built it into the most successful after-market transmission parts distributor in the world. He donated $30 million to University Hospital in Cleveland for the Ahuja Medical Center in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood. The dedication ceremony of the first phase of this 53-acre health care campus on November 13, 2010 included ribbon cutting featuring Monte Ahuja, his wife Usha, daughters Ritu and Manisha, and son-in-law Neil Sethix. Monte and UshaAhuja’s donation was the largest single donation in the 140-year history of that university. In June 2011, Ahuja donated $10 million to CSU to fund scholarships and an endowed professorship in business. The CSU’s College of Business was renamed the Monte AhujaCollege of Business. In January 2013, Ahuja, donated $ 3.5 million to Ohio State University to create the Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Engineering.xi

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