2018 Penn India Research Symposium
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Perry World House | World Forum

Each year, Penn Global hosts an interdisciplinary symposium to highlight Penn faculty work in India and foster interdisciplinary dialogue among stakeholders across campus to inform Penn’s ongoing engagement in India. The main feature of the Symposium will be the presentation and discussion of India-related research at Penn. 

As India has become an increasing area of focus for many faculty and Schools across Penn, Penn Global has sought to support India-related initiatives on campus and abroad. On Friday, November 2, 2018, Penn Global will hold the University of Pennsylvania’s second annual India Research Symposium at Perry World House. In hosting this event, we aim to highlight Penn faculty work in India and foster interdisciplinary dialogue among stakeholders across campus to inform Penn’s ongoing engagement in India.

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1:30 p.m.  Registration Opens

2:00 p.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global

2:15 p.m.  Research Blitz I: Education and Social Science Research

  • Part 1: Education Initiatives & Partnerships

  • Part 2: Social Sciences Research Initiatives & Collaborations

3:15 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m.  Research Blitz II: Health & Health Policy

  • Part 1: Training & Capacity Building

  • Part 2: Social Science Research and its Implications on Health Policy

4:15 p.m.  Research Blitz III: Business, Technology, and Society

5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks

5:15 p.m.  Diwali-themed Reception

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*Schedule is subject to change.

Learn More About Penn and 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 140 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 seven active agreements with Indian institutions.

Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI)

South Asia Center

Launched in October 2017, the Penn India Research and Engagement Fund (Penn IREF) is a competitive matching program designed to stimulate and support activity in India.

Learn more about the fund