The South Asia Center's mission is to enhance the study of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistran, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives) across the University and within the wider community. The Center supports faculty and student research, language study, conferences, curriculum development, outreach, and other activites and events related to modern and pre-modern South Asia. It offers graduate and undergraduate fellowships for the study of modern South Asian languages, and connects scholars with interests in South Asia across the Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM fields, and Penn’s professional schools, and within the wider community. Current initiatives include new structured research opportunities for Penn undergraduates through the Center's C.U. in India short-term study abroad courses and research seminars, a new digital humanities initiative, course development grants for Penn faculty in STEM fields, the development of new courses across the university to help prepare students for international careers in South Asia, support for South Asia related curriculum development and teacher training in K-16 institutions within the greater Philadelphia area, an Alumni Career Spotlight Series, and a very popular Affiliated Faculty program. The South Asia Center has also served as a National Resource Center for the US Department of Education since 1955.
Please visit the South Asia Center website for more information.