Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. is a national South Asian fraternity that was founded in the Spring of 1999 at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Eight students began working towards the creation of the first South Asian male fraternity in the state of California. After months of hard work and dedication, Beta Chi Theta was officially recognized as a fraternity on the UCLA campus on June 2nd, 1999, and was granted membership into the UCLA Inter-Fraternity Council. Since those early days, this grand fraternity has expanded tremendously into various states, including all over California, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, and Tennessee and can boast an active roster list of well over 1000 brothers. Every day we grow larger, fostering our goals and reaffirming the purpose for the existence of our organization.
Beta Chi Theta was founded upon several principles: tradition, service to humanity, promoting South Asian awareness, academic excellence, striving to create a unified nationwide network, and most importantly brotherhood. These principles are the unifying factors that tie every brother across the United States together, and form the foundation of beliefs that characterize our gentlemen. Beta Chi Theta is a means by which students of any ethnicity may come together and form a bond of brotherhood that lasts a lifetime, and embrace the South Asian culture that our beliefs support. We take great pride in the development of our brotherhood and our organization, and work hard to promote the goals and beliefs that this fraternity instills in all of our gentlemen. What is Beta Chi Theta? We believe the best interpretation and benefits can only be seen by the gentlemen that comprise this organization.
In the early spring of 2003, a group of young men from the University of Texas at Austin contacted the Alpha chapter of Beta Chi Theta at the University of California in Los Angeles in regards to expanding the fraternity to their University. Once the Alpha chapter knew that the request was both genuine and serious they sent brothers from the southwestern region to act as representatives for the fraternity at an informational session held in Austin. Four brothers from the Beta Chapter at Baylor University and one brother from the Delta chapter at Oklahoma University drove from their respective chapters to meet and discuss the appropriate steps for expansion with the interest group. During the following week, the interest group met several times in order to discuss at length the full weight and responsibility that came with the decision before them. We refer to them as young men because the group was comprised almost entirely of college freshman with the exception of one sophomore. Within a week’s time of the informational session, the group came to a unanimous decision to begin the New Member Process and attempt to establish this grand fraternity at the University of Texas.
The Alpha class of Eta organized and hosted the very first National Convention of Beta Chi Theta, which took place on Labor Day weekend of 2003. And it was at this first National Convention that the first National Executive Board was elected and assembled, a pivotal and necessary step in the growth and organization of this grand fraternity. Since those first steps, the Eta colony has expanded tremendously and is a strong presence not only in the South Asian community, but also in the student body at the University of Texas as a whole. On September 4th, 2004, during the second annual National Convention in Los Angeles, California, the Eta Colony was official granted their ‘chapter status’ after a comprehensive and careful review by the National Board. The hard work and efforts of all the brothers had finally paid off, and Eta Colony was officially known as the Eta Chapter Beta Chi Theta at the University of Texas continues to expand and grow, and will do so for many years to come.
The Brothers Of Beta Chi Theta Eta Chapter, are proud to present the new Executive Board for the upcoming ’16 – ’17 school year!
From left to right the new Executive Board is as follows:
Treasurer Saif Ismail
Service Samuel Puthota
New Member Educator Naren Inukoti
President Vishva Somaya
Vice President Jon Bekele
Social Santosh Inukoti
Secretary Sumair Virani
Meet the brothers of the past and present, where it all started and where it is now!
The Active classes for the 2016-2017 academic year include: Phi, Psi, Omega, Alpha Alpha, Alpha Beta, and Alpha Gamma.
What is Rush?
Spring 2017 Rush
With our Fall 2016 Rush coming to a close check back for our Official Spring 2017 Class Rush Schedule!
Transportation will be arranged for all events, which are free and of no obligation.
Our national philanthropy of Heart Disease Awareness was a cause that was conceived with the idea of Beating Heart Disease week here by the founders of Eta Chapter in 2004. For the past several years, the Beating Heart Disease Foundation has made great strides and now bears national influence. For more information, please visiting www.beatingheartdisease.org.
The Eta Chapter of Beta Chi Theta strongly believes in upholding one of its six founding pillars: Service to Humanity. Community outreach in the surrounding Austin area is something that brothers focus on every semester. Brothers are required to perform a certain amount of hours of community service to maintain active membership within the fraternity.
Examples of events we have thrown in the past include: Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of the Fort Hood Attack, Benefit Casino Night for Pakistan Flood Relief, Annual Halloween Carnival at the Boys and Girls Club. In fact, at the 8th Annual National Convention, the Eta Chapter was recognized for its community outreach and awarded “Outstanding Achievement in Philanthropy” by the National Board. Here at the University of Texas at Austin we are involved in many philanthropic events and work with many organizations and charities.
Non-Profit Organizations which we support:
Philanthropic Events in which we are actively involved:
*These are just a sample of yearly events which we actively support in addition to hosting events for own causes. Fraternity members are always encouraged to suggest new causes to support and ideas to generate donations and awareness.
This year’s Beating Heart Disease week will be one of best to date. We have introduced more community involvement as our event is gaining nationwide consideration. We have teamed up with multiple organizations including UT University Health Services, Qdoba, and Discover: Endless Possibilities. Join us as we raise awareness for the number 1 killer in the South Asian community and the number 1 cause of death in the United States every year. Our events include:
Restaurant Profit Share:
Beta Chi Sweethearts:
Discover Endless Possibilities:
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We welcome any donations from our family, friends and Eta Chapter Alumni! Donors will be recognized for their contributions on a yearly basis. We have established 4 general funds for donations:
The Eta Chapter would like you to join them in congratulating their newest additions: the Alpha Beta Class! These twelve individuals bonded and matured throughout their journey in becoming brothers. They each bring something unique to the table and will do great things for this chapter in the years to come.
Congratulations to Alvin Abraham, Sarosh Ali, Arjun Gopisetty, Saif Ismail, Hareet Jhutty, Gowtham Katta, Jerrin Mathew, Samuel Puthota, Pranaav Sudheendra, Nawazish Tejani, and Sumair Virani!
With finals around the corner, and dead week in full swing the Brothers of Beta Chi Theta Eta Chapter would like to congratulate the Spring 2016 class of graduating seniors! Below is a list of notable post-undergraduate employment information regarding a few of the Brothers who graduated over the course of this past year. Feel free to shoot them a message and congratulate them on making it through these past four years!
Karthik Reddy, Spring ’16: Analyst at Deloitte
Suraj A Kalvala Spring ’16: TAP FSO Consultant at Ernst & Young
Shashank Pancharpula, Fall ’15: Advisory Consulting at Ernst & Young
Akshay Hingwe, Fall ’15: Associate Consultant at PwC
Zain Bacchus, Spring ’16: Associate Consultant at PwC
Asad Merchant, Spring ’16: Commercial Business Claims Analyst at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Shohaib Virani, Spring ’16: Accepted to Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
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