In his first presidential address, Jahagirdar, laying stress on maintaining core continuity, said he cares AAPI office bearers as "caretakers of established plans and projects, advancing progressively towards these goals with the vertically expanded use of diverse professionals" Jahagirdar said his vision for AAPI representing over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin in the US focuses on five vital areas: Education, Community/Charitable service, Member Support Programs, Mentorship and the Mantle, and Legislative Action. Realizing that AAPI was born in response to discriminatory policies, he said, "AAPI must not forget and should assist those amongst us who have suffered injustice. Mentoring the younger AAPI members is critical for our sustenance."
Expressing his belief that legislative actions are vital to effect change, he said, "AAPI should continue its traditional efforts, as well as work with other organizations for causes of mutual interest." A leader with deep commitment for AAPI and its members, Jahadirdar said he wants AAPI to be an all inclusive organization that is nurtured by the collective efforts of its members.
"When I look back at the entire year, four words come to my mind - People, Pride, Passion and Promise for the future- our theme for this convention representing San Antonio's quatrefoil symbol," said Shah summarizing his year of presidency.