It is difficult to understand the struggle of an Indian immigrant who comes in search of a better life. It is very difficult and takes a great deal of perseverance. Determination is what got Niranjan Shah to his position today.
It is true that Niranjan Shah has great wealth and power today but that is not how he started out. He started poor in a small village without any running water. The lack of electricity also didn’t stop him from achieving his goals. Working hard in school, he earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Birla Engineering College at Sardel Patel University in India. From there, he didn’t stop.
Moving to the states he then obtained his masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi on a full scholarship. He didn’t stop there. He also established Globetrotters Engineering Corporation in 1974 and received management training at Harvard Business School.
Today Niranjan Shah has been in a guest in the white house six times and is the head of his consulting engineering and construction management firm in Chicago. He is also a known Democrat, having helped with a major fund raiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy in 2016.
He is a great philanthropist and helps the community of both the United States and India when he can.
The Rise of Indian Culture
Migration has been hard for any immigration, but starting from the ground up, literally, Niranjan Shah is now known as one of the richest foreign-born people in the United States. Many Indian nationals have created businesses all over the United States, and some have expanded globally. Some statistics of Indian greatness in the United States include:
- Accounting for about 4% of America’s doctors
- About 2% of consulting staff worldwide
- Own and operate about 40% of all United States Motels
There are more that Indians provide not only the American people, but the world. Niranjan Shah being such a prime example that he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his philanthropy and community outreach.