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U.S./India Higher Education Roundtable Brown University. Shelley Stephenson, Director of International Initiatives; Ashutosh Varshney, Professor of Political Science and Director, Year of India (2009-2010). Research/teaching/resources. South Asian Faculty Group (1976)

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U.S./India Higher Education RoundtableBrown University

Shelley Stephenson, Director of International Initiatives;

Ashutosh Varshney, Professor of Political Science and Director,

Year of India (2009-2010)


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Research/teaching/resources

South Asian Faculty Group (1976)

Prominent current projects

Center for AIDS Research: partnerships in Chennai (YRG CARE) and Vellore (Christian Medical College)

NSF grant on inequality in developing countries (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies)

Indo-US Center for Biomaterials (IIT-Kanpur)

Moon mineralogy mapper launched on 2008 Indian Chandrayaan-I mission

South Asian Studies concentration (approved 1985); language instruction; Ph.D.

Library & museum holdings

Indian Census Data (dating to 1872)

Pingree collection: 22,000 vols. (antiquarian & recent)

Haffenreffer Museum (300+ holdings from India)


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Brown students

Study abroad

Brown in India Program (St. Stephen’s College, Lady Shri Ram College)

Internships and fellowships

Summer internships in various companies in Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, including Infosys, Reliance, Godrej, Hindustan Times.

Research fellowships for undergrads & graduate students

Admissions

Applications up, growing to 260 last year (37 accepted; yielding 18)

Financial aid has also grown

Student experience

South Asian Students Association (formed 1982); Identity Series; Women’s Collective,, Arts Journal, Fusion Dance Team

Brown Club of India


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Expansion Plans (1)

Year of India (2009-2010), announced by President Ruth Simmons and headed by me, officially signaled Brown’s rising institutional commitment to India.

Events included :

(1) Strictly research-based activities (international conferences on “Six Decades of Democracy in India” and “Philosophy of Mahabharata)”,

(2) Literature and the Arts (MF Husain Exhibit, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Suketu Mehta, Zakir Husain,); and

(3) Discussion of “Public Affairs” (Minister Salman Rushdie on Muslims; Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, on IT and Global Economy; Rajmohan Gandhi on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King; Mani Shankar Aiyar on Local Governance in India and China; Shekhar Gupta on Media and Democracy; Siddharth Varadarajan on India’s interests in Afghanistan; as well as discussions on environment and climate change, India-Pakistan relations, and post civil war Sri Lanka)


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Expansion Plans (2)

Brown will NOT open a campus in India. But it will vastly expand its presence in, and engagement with, India.

Establishment of an (i) India Advisory Council, headed by Mukesh and Nita Ambani (Brown Parents), and (ii) South Asia Strategy Committee at Brown, headed by me.

Establishment of an India Fund at Brown in 2008-9.

Establishment of a Brown India Office expected by the end of the academic year in Delhi or Mumbai. Aim: management of India-based research initiatives, recruitment of Indian students for Brown college beyond the metropolitan cities, fund raising, institutional collaboration, and public relations.

Expanded student exchanges with St. Stephens College, Delhi, and IIT, Mumbai.

Expanded research-based partnership for the social sciences with the Centre for Policy Research (Delhi) and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), and for the Sciences and Engineering with IIT Mumbai.

Partnerships with think tanks: Observer Research Foundation (Delhi)

Several additional faculty positions in South Asia under consideration at Brown

Proposal for a South Asia Program/Center under consideration at Brown


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