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Penn India Research Symposium
Each year, Penn Global hosts an interdisciplinary symposium to highlight and facilitate discussion on activities supported by the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) and other India-related work at Penn. The symposium features research “blitz” presentations, highlighting Penn faculty work across a broad range of fields, and programmatic workshops on conducting research and activities in India.
The University of Pennsylvania has a longstanding history in India and strong engagement there through research and educational programs. Penn was one of the first American universities to teach Sanskrit in the 1880s and it established the first academic program dedicated to South Asian Studies in 1947, which was followed by the establishment of a Title VI resource center on South Asia in 1958.
These early accomplishments were followed by other notable pioneering achievements in Penn’s more recent history, including the establishment of the first academic research center devoted to contemporary India (CASI) in 1992, and a counterpart organization in India (UPIASI) in 1997. Van Pelt Library is also recognized for having one of the most extensive collections of resource materials on South Asia in the United States and Penn teaches a large number of Indian languages.
Engagement with and research in/on India remains strong today, with more than 130 faculty members reporting over 200 faculty projects in or relating to India since 2012. Each School at Penn has some type of research project or activity underway with counterpart peers or institutions in India and Penn currently has ten active agreements with Indian institutions