Penn India Research Symposium
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As India has become an area of focus for many faculty and Schools across Penn, Penn Global has sought to support India-related initiatives and increase the study and understanding of India at Penn.
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 is the presentation and discussion of India-related research at Penn.
The 2019 Symposium featured 17 Penn faculty and advanced graduate students from 8 Penn Schools (Arts & Sciences, Communication, Design, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Social Policy & Practice, Wharton) who delivered short five-minute presentations on their research and engagement experiences in India. Presentations covered a range of topics in the fields of engineering and technology, economics, humanities, social sciences, and public health. Presentations were followed by Q&A discussions, also moderated by Penn faculty, to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue on cross-cutting themes.
Following the research blitz presentations of Penn faculty work, former U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma sat down with Lauder Institute's Jim McGann for a keynote conversation about U.S.-India relations. Read more at Penn Today.
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. In 2017, the University established a multi-million dollar India Research and Engagement Fund (IREF) and launched the annual Penn India Research Symposium.