The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) is a registered not for profit organization (Tax ID 61-1145155) founded in 1988. It is a civic and charitable organization comprising Kentucky residents of Indo-American heritage and others interested in the Indo-American culture.

The executive board comprises the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Past-President. In addition, several councilors assist the board members in managing the activities of the society.Executive board members serve annual terms, while councilors serve bi-annual terms. A nomination and election process is used to elect board members and councilors at the annual board meeting A youth board comprising middle and high school students (13 yrs and up), also works closely with the executive board. Youth board leaders are elected through an open process. The BIACS youth board is actively engaged in civic and volunteer activities year-round. We welcome all interested youth in our society.


Provide an avenue for people of Indo-American heritage to positively engage with communities in the Bluegrass Region. Create opportunities for Indian Americans to serve the communities they live in via civic and charitable activities. Increase awareness of the rich Indian culture within the Bluegrass region.


Build empathetic, accepting, and engaged communities by educating the youth, being of service, and generating enthusiasm and acceptance for the South-Asian Indian culture.


Membership in the Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society is open to any person residing in Kentucky who is committed to civic engagement and is interested in the Indian culture. Membership is available through a written application and payment of nominal dues and is not restricted to those of Indian heritage.


Consistent with its charter, BIACS has spearheaded a variety of social, educational, cultural, charitable and civic activities in the Bluegrass region. Some examples are listed below.

  1. Annual educational scholarships awarded to college-bound graduating high school seniors. Scholarships are open to all Kentucky students irrespective of gender, race, and ethnicity. These scholarships are possible because of generous support of BIACS members and local corporations such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky.
  2. Annual banquet to raise funds for the scholarships as well as to honor the recipients and donors. We typically invite notable dignitaries as guests of honor of keynote speakers at the annual banquet. Examples include, past presidents, university leaders, industry leaders, best-selling authors, federal judges, politicians, etc.
  3. Cultural activities (including an annual “India Day” fall event) to increase awareness of and showcase the India culture.
  4. Civic activities in and around the Lexington area.
  5. Youth members activities that align with the overall mission of the society.
  6. Free health clinics in the Lexington area. These are ,organized with support of the local government, sponsored health board and volunteer physicians. We provide checkups, basic screenings and consultations from physicians including internists, cardiologists, pediatricians, pulmunologists, allergists, dentists, etc.

President's Note

The past few years have been challenging to say the least. We have survived a pandemic and an unprecedented natural disaster from flooding in Eastern Kentucky. It will take decades to recover from these natural calamities. My vision and goal for BIACS is to continue to expand and increase our civic activities, be it in the form of charitable work, raising funds for disaster relief, or expanding our scholarship program to reach more college bound high school graduates. BIACS will continue to act as a platform for our youth group to engage with our community through volunteering and giving back. I would also like to see our arts and culture programs to grow, evolve and be integrated as a part of the rich culture of the Bluegrass state. We have a wonderful board this year and members who are willing to invest their time and energy in the community. Furthermore, BIACS has grown and continued to remain relevant due to the generosity of its corporate sponsors and members who have continued to remain active since its inception 36 years ago.

Jaya Pampati MD JD,
President BIACS 2023