Fourth Annual Indian Flag Raising Ceremony
at San Jose City Hall
Friday, Auguest 12th, 2011 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Since 2008, the San Jose Pune Sister City organization has been instrumental in working with the city of San Jose in honoring India on her Independence Day. Come join Mayor Chuck Reed, the Federation of Indo Americans and the San Jose City Council members including Council Member Ash Kalra, to commemorate the birth of the largest democracy in the world – India!

Celebrate the 64th anniversary of this historic occasion of India’s Independence Day. The mayor will raise the Indian National Flag at the plaza in front of City Hall in a ceremony that starts at 6:30 pm sharp on Friday, August 12, 2011. The flag of India will fly at the plaza for five days. Following the ceremony, Nirmal Gosavi ‘s troupe will perform various folk dances. Light refreshments will also be served.

This is a great opportunity for well-wishers of India and for people of Indian origin to express their appreciation for the Indo- US relationship and to celebrate the birthday of the largest democracy. Members of the San Jose Pune Sister Cities will be on hand to describe activities of the Sister City Organization that are helping bring the people of our two cities together.

The San Jose City Hall is located between 4th and 6th Streets at:
200 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113
For more information call Joseph Okpaku at 408-535-4924

Free parking is available.

What is the Sister City program?

The establishment of sister city relation stimulates interaction between people of different countries and cultures on a people-to-people basis. The aim is to foster international understanding and friendship, to encourage exchange of education, culture, sport, and to promote, where possible, tourism and trade.

This group mission is to create and strengthening partnership between two cities at municipal level to promote cultural understanding and to stimulate economic development. This will lead the movement for local community development and volunteer action by motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term programs of mutual benefit.


Why San Jose and Pune?

Sister city relationship between San Jose, California and Pune, India was proposed in 1989, since Pune has many similarities with San Jose. Besides the size and population, it also boasts the same climate as San Jose. Both cities have a rich history. Both are centers for education in respective countries. San Jose is surrounded by high tech and some of the finest colleges and universities in the US. So is Pune with 107 colleges, - 15 engineering, 8 medical and 21 for science – graduating 87,000 students a year. And now both cities are at center of high tech industries.


Project Highlights

  • Mutha River Phases II and III: Expand the park to 3 times its current size and develop other areas around the Mutha River Bank.
  • Symposium in 2006 - to help San Jose and Pune people make business contacts, transfer knowledge and technology and build relationships with other organizations in either city.
  • Vaccination program for low income class children around Pune city- work with the Rotary Club in Pune to vaccinate the poor children to avoid terrible deceases like Polio.
  • Develop relationship with the Agricultural College in Pune for projects about "Bagayati Shetee" with the California technology companies and universities.
  • Arrange student and teacher exchange and projects with the Pune University as well as other prominent colleges/high schools in Pune.
  • Establish a scholarship fund for deserving but financially disadvantaged students in Pune.
  • Invite prominent artists from Pune to visit San Jose.
  • Hold seminars at primary education levels to exchange ideas between San Jose and Pune teachers. We also plan to invite teachers to develop a program to set up pen pals with the students in San Jose schools.
  • Promote the sister city program in San Jose schools, businesses and to the citizens of San Jose.


    Sister City Mayors Meet

    Mutha River Project(Pune)

    Shivaji Maharaj statue at Guadalupe River Park

    Technical Symposiums at Pune