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In addition, he spent a summer serving communities in India by organizing medical camps and teaching students, a
media release said. The Congressional Award Gold Medal, a public-private partnership established by Congress in 1979,
is open to all youth ages 14 to 23. Daga is set to graduate from Stuyvesant High School at the end of the month, and
plans to attend Princeton University in the fall. He expects to major in financial engineering. In addition to earning the
Congressional Award Gold Medal, Daga was a finalist in the 2014 Intel Science competition where he met President
Barack Obama. He was also honored by the Society of Science.
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Indo-American Sujit Choudhry becomes dean of top US law school
Sujit Choudhry, a noted expert in comparative constitutional law, has become the first Indo-American dean of the
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, a top US law school. Born in Delhi and raised in Toronto, Choudhry, 44,
who was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and founder of its Centre for
Constitutional Transitions, began a five-year term as Berkeley Law's 12
th
dean.
Berkeley Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele have called Choudhry a "brilliant scholar, professor, and
mentor," who would inspire and lead with "big ideas" during a time of rapid change in the legal profession. In an
interview with Berkeley Law's annual Transcript magazine, Choudhry called his new job "the opportunity of a lifetime".
"What's distinctive about Berkeley Law is its culture," he was quoted as saying. "It's got hustle and drive and innovative
people willing to experiment and try new things, which seems very much rooted in Berkeley's identity as a public
university." Choudhry's recent work has had an international focus that dovetails closely with the university's global
outreach and scholarship, the Berkeley Law announcement said.
Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, and has served as a consultant to the World Bank
Institute and as an expert in support of constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Choudhry told New York University Law magazine in 2011 that his Indian immigrant parents created a home for
grooming scholars. "Our house was all about intellectual stimulation. The radio was permanently tuned to CBC (Canada's
version of NPR), and we read several newspapers daily," he was quoted as saying.
His late father, Nanda, taught economics at the University of Toronto; his mother, Ushi, taught nursing. "They had a
procession of academic visitors from around the world to the house for dinner parties," he told the magazine. "My
brother, Niteesh, and I always sat at the table and were part of these events. It's no coincidence that we're both
academics." A prolific scholar, Choudhry has published more than 70 articles, book chapters, working papers, and
reports. His core work addresses basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law. Prior to joining New
York University, Choudhry was an associate dean and the Scholl Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. In 2011,
the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto named him Practitioner of the Year.
A Rhodes Scholar, Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard.
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