In the spring of 1999, eight young men had a vision to create a Social Fraternity in California steeped in South Asian culture. The inspiration for Beta Chi Theta was the embodiment of the bond of Brotherhood those eight shared with one another. Months of diligent, dedicated, and passionate efforts laid the groundwork for Beta Chi Theta, most notably the six pillars upon which this grand fraternity proudly stands. Built upon the keystone of Brotherhood, the other five pillars of this fraternity are Tradition, Service to Humanity, South Asian Awareness, Academic Excellence, and a unified Nationwide Network.
On June 2nd, 1999, the University of California Los Angeles recognized Beta Chi Theta as an official fraternity and granted it membership into its Interfraternity Council. While the inception of the fraternity began months prior to June 2nd, 1999, that date was chosen as the official Founding Date to commemorate the establishment of Beta Chi Theta, becoming the first and only South Asian Fraternity to be a part of the Interfraternity Council. The eight young men, known as National Founding Fathers are:
- Abu Abraham
- Hashu Datwani
- Samir Khandhar
- Ankur Kumar
- Ashish Nagdev
- Ankur Parikh
- Roshan Patel
- Ali Zhumkhawala
One year later, moved by the vision of Brotherhood that was exuded by Beta Chi Theta, seven young men at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, became a part of this grand fraternity. The expansion was unique in that it took a national rather than local approach. The initial foundation of Brotherhood in California and Texas set the path of expansion of Beta Chi Theta beyond UCLA and Baylor University. Through a careful and diligent expansion process, Beta Chi Theta has stretched from coast to coast, with each expansion bringing the fraternity’s positive influence to a new campus. In fifteen short years the fraternity has expanded to over 25 universities and inducted over 1,500 members.
As we expanded rapidly, the leaders of Beta Chi Theta understood the need to take the organization to the next level. In 2003 the first National Convention was held (while the fraternity was only four years old!). The first NC brought together brothers across the nation and provided the perfect platform for another historic achievement: the establishment of the National Board. With a mandate to advance the fraternity, the National Board worked diligently to set the stage for the next steps. In 2004 the fraternity was officially incorporated as Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc. In 2005 the National Constitution and Bylaws were written and passed at the third National Convention. And in 2006 the fraternity became a member of the prestigious National Interfraternity Council (NIC), becoming the youngest fraternity in NIC history to do so. Within another few years the National Leadership was expanded to include National Directors to help National Board, Regional Directors to organize our chapters and the National Board of Trustees to ensure the long-term success of the organization. Within a decade Beta Chi Theta had achieved more than most Greek organizations have in 25, 50 or even 100 years.
Throughout the past 15 years, we’ve seen this fraternity transform lives, communities, and create bonds amongst men, all the while preserving the pillars to which we hold dear. As we continue forward, careful direction, active leadership, and the conviction of our leaders will guide our grand fraternity into the next phase of its existence. Beta Chi Theta will never waiver from its purpose and mission to mold young men into gentlemen of character, class, conviction, and charisma.