Indian Student Association .

Striving to promote the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India

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To provide the students of Portland State University and surrounding community with a link to the Indian sub-continental culture by hosting a variety of cultural events interspersed with several meetings throughout the academic year.



To act as an interconnecting system for students to network amongst themselves and create an environment that will help in adjusting to the Portland metropolitan area.



To get involved with the community by volunteering our time and services toward non-profit organizations and causes.

Event - Diwali

Diwali, or Deepawali is the Hindu festival of lights. It symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance". Please join us on 23th November at Hoffman hall at 6:00 pm.

Dance & DJ

Get ready to learn Garba, a popular Indian dance, and move your steps to the beats of music! Whats more, we have a DJ at the end of the event for those who wants to let loose!

Pani Puri Stall

Everyone loves Panipuri. Oxford: Panipuri is fried puff-pastry balls filled with mashed potato, spiced water, and tamarind juice. Me: It's an emotion, ask any Indian girl!

Indian Food

We at ISA uphold food comes first policy! Enjoy the free delicious Indian food ranging from curries to Naan to Biryani. Enough talk, lets Eat!


Heena or Mehndi is a form of body art originating in ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the heena plant

Who we are

ISA is a a team of dedicated and enthusiastic students, whose mission is to instill culture and pride among the students here. Our goal is to provide a social network and an amazing experience to all students. We strive to share love, spread joy and promote cultural exchange among Indians, Americans, and all other groups.

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Our Team .

Janisha Kumar

Public Relations

Phanindra Sai


Pranav Bhave

Vice President



Munisha Parikar

Event Co-ordinator




Website Coordinator




Public Relations


Work Hard

Fair warning, academics at PSU can be challenging but comes with its own rewards of knowledge and wisdom and high paying jobs. Happy Learning!

Enjoy Harder

Most of us are engineers and know how to enjoy once in a while. We regularly have day trips, hikes, movies, or even relaxing midnight tea parties!


Portland's nice weather have different meanings for us. For those who love a nice little nap, this is exactly the place! Remember, best things in life are free!

India is the Second Largest English-speaking Nation

Second only to the US, India has around 10% of its population, or 125 million people of its populace fluent in English. This statistic is expected to quadruple in the next decade.

India Firsts

A plethora of objects and concepts originated in India starting from the game of snakes and ladders to chess a.k.a Chaturanga, buttons, shampooing, the number pi, diamond mining, zero, algebra, trigonometry along with the finding of the presence of water on the moon.

Varanasi, The Oldest Inhabited Place of the World

Situated on the banks of river Ganges and represented in the Parliament by the country's PM Narendra Modi, the holy city of Banaras or Varanasi is at least 3000 years old. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva found this city 5000 years ago.

Wettest Place on Earth - Mawsynram

Holding a Guinness record for highest average annual rainfall, this town in Meghalaya gets about 11,873 millimetres of rain owing to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The winter months of this region are spent in preparation for the six-month-long monsoon ahead.

Shani Shingnapur, Village Without Doors

Attracting over 40,000 devotees each day due to a 300-yr old legend, this village in Maharashtra features establishments without any doors and locks. Its residents sleep soundly as they believe Lord Shani to be the guardian of the village. Hmm, I wonder how they keep the rain away...

The Largest Number of Vegetarians in the World

Are you a vegetarian? You will fit right in here. With the majority of the population following Hinduism, around 29%-40% of the people are vegetarians.

Recent Posts .

Indian Student Association celebrates Ganesh Puja

The Indian Student Association at Portland State celebrated Ganesh Puja on Sept. 29 in Hoffman Hall. Per Hindu custom, guests removed their shoes before entering the event, which began with…

Sharing Indian culture with PSU

The Portland State Indian Student Association hosted their annual event Sanskriti, which translates to “culture” in Hindu, a celebration of Indian music, food and culture. Adya Pandey started the night…

High attendance at India Night brings community to PSU

About 12 years ago [the Portland State Indian Student Association] started with 60 [people] and [we] now have 182 people,” said ISA secretary Srinath Reddy of India Night 2016...