The Columbia University is an amazing institution with extremely good education standards and a lush green campus. Known around the world, the University now has an additional center for the medical students, physicians and surgeons at the campus participating in the programs at the University.
The new medical center is called the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center and has been built by famous New York based company- Diller, Renfro, Scofidio. The center has 14 floors that are made of glass, with an enchanting view of river Hudson. Diller and Renfro state that the windows are glass made to show a seamless connection between the students and the environment.
The architecture of the center was part of a carefully devised plan that Diller, Scofidio and Renfro worked on. They constructed the ‘study cascade’ theory in the center to show the connection between the social spaces and the academics. There is a ground-to-top staircase, advanced classrooms, co-working spaces and modern simulation centers at the medical center that indicate the good quality of medical classes’ conduction.
Sudhir Choudhrie, famous philanthropist and businessman, has been associated with Columbia University for his contributions. He built the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge at the campus site for medical students. The lounge is a living space for students for some leisure and break from repetitive routine. He also donated $2.5 million to fund the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
The trio – Diller, Scofidio and Renfro are known for their ethereal ideas and dainty designs. And for the medical center, the design element was meticulously decided to employ the best benefits out of it. Making it an environmental friendly space, the center has shades to maximize the effect of solar gain. Moreover, green top techniques have been adopted to reduce heat generated by asphalt and concrete. Lastly, vegetation was planted to cut down the irrigation needs at the campus.
Columbia University’s medical education has long been recognized as delivering top class education! It has garnered praise over the years in terms of its teaching and study methods along with a big campus for the students.
The campus recently had a makeover and now has an additional medical building at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. This houses programmes undertaken by Columbia University’s medical students, physicians and surgeons. This new living space has been planned by a celebrated architecture firm from New York – Diller, Scofidio and Renfro.
The building has a 14-storey glass floor tower with a beautiful view of the Hudson River. According to Diller, Renfro firm, these glass windows symbolize a subtle connection between the students and their environment. While brainstorming for the design element, Diller, Scofidio and Renfer had a ‘study cascade’ strategy in their mind wherein they wanted students to have a link with the social spaces.
There is a ground-to-top staircase that has big classrooms and co-working spaces. With contemporary simulation centers, medical classes are conducted exemplarily at the campus!
A famous philanthropist and businessman, Sudhir Choudhrie has been associated with Columbia University for his contributions and is known to have helped in building the Choudhrie Family Student Lounge, a social community like space for medical students who want a break from the boring routine at the campus. He donated a sum of $2.5 million previously to set up the Sudhir Choudhrie Professorship of Cardiology at the campus.
Previously while working, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro have been very particular about the design. Similarly, this time, they gave significant importance to the entire design element of the building to serve environment related purposes. They optimized solar gain through shading, the use of green roof top technologies to reduce the heat generated by asphalt and concrete and planting vegetation to trim down the irrigation needs.
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat’s new leader, wants to bring a fresh outlook to the party by pushing cultural diversity higher up the priority list. As an important step in that direction, Farron has appointed Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser on India.
The decision will be crucial for Farron to reach out to the British-Indian community and learn their needs and concerns. Choudhrie’s years of experience would also be valuable for the party to be able to strategise ways to improve Britain’s foreign and business relationship with India.
Farron said he looks forward to be able to use Choudhrie’s expertise to follow his plans, “Sudhir has been a committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats for many years and I look forward to being able to draw on his vast business experience, unparalleled network in both the UK and India, and wise political counsel.”
“India is a key strategic partner for the United Kingdom and the British-Indian community contributes so much to our country. I am determined that the Liberal Democrats do all we can to maximise the economic, cultural and social benefit of these relationships.” Farron appreciated the UK-Indian community’s contribution to UK. He also promised to visit India in 2016.
However, apart from the UK-Indians, Farron also pledged to get closer to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities because they are also an important part of the country.
Choudhrie said a strong relationship between the countries will benefit both economically, “I have long believed that the Liberal Democrats best embody the internationalist and pro-enterprise values that characterise the British-Indian community. India, with its ever vibrant and expanding consumer market of over 1.2 billion people, and home to more than a quarter of the world’s millennials, is slated to emerge as the world’s third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is thus, critical that both India and UK collaborate on a common agenda of growth and I am honoured by Tim Farron’s decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.”
Mr. Sudhir Choudhrie is not only an acknowledged entrepreneur but also a sensitive individual. He believes in ensuring everyone’s wellbeing and sharing the privileges with those who are less fortunate. He practices what he preaches by making generous donations and participating in non-profitable events that are organized for the betterment of the society. For years, he has been associated with numerous campaigns and charities and donates generous sums to NGO’s to promote their objectives and goals.
He is especially considerate towards children and their welfare. He donates to a charity foundation called ‘I Can’ that contributes to the improvement of the welfare of children with communication problems. They provide training, education and counselling to such children and their parents as well.
Mr. Sudhir Choudhrie’s sensitivity towards the welfare of children was evident with a donation made towards a charitable foundation called the ‘Chase Hospice’ that provides housing and healthcare to children who are suffering from terminal illness. This organization has homes that support such children and their families, providing care and aid, with the motive of easing out the few years these children have to live.
He has also made generous donations to ‘War Child’ which is a foundation working towards the welfare of children affected by wars. ‘War Child’ inculcates hope among children struck by the horror of wars. It even provides therapies to help such children deal with post trauma stress, helping them to move forward by gradually eliminating the dark shadows that battles have cast upon their young minds. It helps by providing education and necessities to aid survival at war struck areas. It is a unique move to ensure no more loss is borne, long after the war takes its toll.
Apart from these, there are many other charitable contributions that Mr. Sudhir Choudhrie has made to support the welfare of children and the impoverished. He also stresses the fact that movements such as these should be encouraged so as to make a difference to the society.