Rice University's ISAR (Indian Students at Rice) is a secular, non-partisan graduate student organization dedicated to creating a warm and welcoming environment for Indian students on Rice campus, showcasing Indian culture to the student body, and fostering social ties with the Indian-American community in the Greater Houston area.
We host a number of events throughout the year.
Our flagship event Deepotsav celebrating Diwali, a large-scale production consisting of performances by both ISAR members and professionals and a banquet dinner, with more than 250 atendees.
ISAR works dilligently to support all the new students coming to RICE. We always try to make the transition as easy as possible for new students. Among all the other initiatives of ISAR we have airport pickup, mentorship and our officers are available for your support.
Airport pickup is one of the core services that ISAR members does pro-actively each year in a bid to help new students who are coming to RICE for the first time.
Cultural events such as Holi, Independence Day, Republic Day, etc. Social events such as an annual Freshers' party, camping trips, antakshari, cricket matches, etc. We collaborate with a number of other organizations at Rice, such as the Rice South Asian Society, the Rice Cricket Club, the Rice Graduate Student Association, Rice ADVANCE, and many others.
The pickup for Fall,2016 has been closed. Please wait for a mail communication if you ahve applied before 31st july for airport pickup. Any pickup's requested after that may not be entertained. Be sure to check for emails to ensure you have someone waiting for you to pick up.
We are here to make your transition to Houston and Rice University as smooth as possible. We have compiled a "Starter Pack" containing lots of information and tips about booking flights, packing, etc. The information contained here is based on the experiences of our members. Don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns! If you have questions that are specific to your future department at Rice, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you in touch with an Indian student at the relevant department.
Houston has one of the largest Indian-American populations in the United States, with around 90,000 people identitfying as South-Asian American in the 2010 census. There are a number of active South Asian communities and organizations in Houston, such as:
Many students choose to live off-campus in their later years at Rice, usually from the second year onwards. There are quite a few apartment complexes within walking distance of Rice, and even more within biking distance. If you decide to live off-campus, it will make your lives significantly easier if you own a car, or at the very least a bicycle.
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