An Overview of BalGokul at Durga Temple

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BalGokul
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The founder and former president of EER Systems, Dr. Jai N. Gupta has more than four decades of experience in the field of electrical engineering. He currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Centerline Biomedical. An active member of his community, Dr. Jai N. Gupta is also the founder and trustee emeritus of Durga Temple.

Located in Fairfax Station, Virginia, Durga Temple of Virginia brings together all people of Hindu faiths. Established in 1991, with primary construction completed in 1996 and dome construction completed in 2006, the temple was the first Bhagwati Durgaji temple in the United States. In addition to its weekly and monthly services, the temple performs a number of religious services and rituals, including wedding ceremonies, Mata Jagran, and the Sehra Bandhi ceremony, among others.

Durga Temple also hosts BalGokul, a weekly class for children to learn about Indian and Hindu culture and practices as well as to make friends. Held on Sunday mornings between September and June, BalGokul teaches children Bhajans, which are traditional religious songs. Children also attend religious classes and receive access to more than 250 Amar Chitra Katha books.

Grouped into four different age levels, BalGokul is overseen by parents and volunteers. The children participate in two annual events and a variety of periodic events.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Works with Congress

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Dr. Jai N. Gupta works as CEO and chairman of Centerline Biomedical. An engineer by training, Dr. Jai N. Gupta has served as an associate fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Established in 1963 when the American Rocket Society and the Institute of Aerospace Sciences merged, the AIAA gives the aerospace community a place to share ideas. The organization is the world’s largest aerospace society and boasts more than 30,000 members living in more than 85 countries.

In December 2016, the AIAA acknowledged that lawmakers decided to continue a resolution pertaining to federal government spending. The spending package, which totals $1.07 trillion, includes giving NASA flexibility on spending for specific exploration programs. However, the package did not address the current needs for aerospace and defense strategies. In response, the AIAA announced that it plans to work with the new administration and 115th Congress to take care of immediate needs of the military, aviation, and space programs.