South Asia Studies Programs

  • Australia
  • Australia South Asia Research Centre
    http://rspas.anu.edu.au/asarc/
    [The ASARC at the Australian National University (in Canberra) was established in 1994. Focus on the study of economic development and political economy of South Asia. It hosts the South-Asia-Studies-L e-mail discussion forum.]
  • Monash Asia Institute
    http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/index.htm
    [The Monash Asia Institute (MAI) was founded in 1988 as the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies and reconstituted as MAI in 1992. Together with its six centres -- Development Studies, East Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Malaysian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies -- and its affiliated Asia Pacific Education Centre, Monash Asia Bureau and Monash-ANZ International Briefing Centre, MAI exemplifies the university's commitment to the study of Asian countries, cultures and languages and to the growth of interaction between Asians and Australians in the fields of culture, education, research, business and government. The University is in Melbourne.]
  • Monash National Centre of South Asian Studies
    http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/mai/ncsas/
    [The National Centre for South Asian Studies was established in 1992 with the support of the Commonwealth Government of Australia's Department of Education. For the first four years, Commonwealth Government funding was matched by funding from eight Australian universities that had a commitment to South Asian Studies. As a result of the restructuring of education and universities in Australia during the late 1990s, the National Centre for South Asian Studies was formally absorbed into the Monash Asia Institute in 2001. Today, it is an integral part of the Asian Studies program at Monash University. However, the Centre continues to engage in a wide range of activities which bring together South Asian scholars from across Australia. As such, it remains one of the most important networking institutions in Australia providing a conduit to and between Australian expertise on South Asia.]


  • Canada
  • University of Toronto
    http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/sas/
    [Centre for South Asian Studies.]


    Continental Europe
  • Südasien-Institut - Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
    http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/
    [Information concerning faculty, courses, resources.]
  • University of Köln Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies
    http://www.uni-koeln.de/phil-fak/indologie/index.e.html
    [A very useful page, particular because it offers extensive links to Tamil and Indic resources on the World-Wide Web. Maintained by Johannes B. Tümmers.]
  • University of Leiden International Institute for Asian Studies - IIAS
    http://www.iias.nl/iias/show
    [The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in Leiden and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our main objective is to encourage the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and to promote national and international cooperation in the field. The institute focuses on the human and social sciences and on their interaction with other sciences.]


    Colleges and Universities in India
  • Colleges and Universities in India
    http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/cdemello/in.html
    [Links offered by Christina DeMello at MIT. Complements the information about South Asia Studies programs outside India.]


    United Kingdom
  • SOAS, University of London
    http://www.soas.ac.uk/
    [The School of Oriental and African Studies offers a highly developed web site with considerable information about its degree programs and resources.]
  • University of Edinburgh Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
    http://www.imes.ed.ac.uk/
    [At present IMES is the largest department of its kind in Scotland. In Scotland Edinburgh is the only academic institution that provides for Islamic and Middle Eastern studies in the widest sense on the basis of the three main languages of the Muslim world, namely Arabic, Persian and Turkish. Any of these languages or their related cultures may be studied as components of the MA degree.]
  • University of Cambridge Centre of South Asian Studies
    http://www.s-asian.cam.ac.uk/
    [Information about the archival and library resources of the Centre.]


    United States
  • Columbia University Southern Asian Institute
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/sipa/REGIONAL/SAI/index.html
    [The Southern Asian Institute coordinates the many activities at Columbia University that relate to Southern Asia. Its conferences, seminars, exhibits, films, and lecture series bring together faculty and students with widely varying interests and backgrounds, quite a number from overseas. It works with many South Asia groups to generate events and conferences, and sponsors a vigorous series of publications. Because of its location in New York, the Institute has lively ties with United Nations personnel, the diplomatic community, and many international agencies. It is also in the midst of the largest South Asian ethniccommunity in North America, with all its cultural richness and opportunities for research.]
  • Cornell University South Asia Program
    http://www.einaudi.cornell.edu/SouthAsia/
    [The South Asia Program at Cornell is doubly distinctive. First, many Cornell faculty members focus their research not only on India, but also on the outlying countries of the sub-continent. Second, Program members are located in diverse Cornell colleges, many concentrating on applied work in Agricultural fields, City & Regional Planning, Art, Communication, and Labor Relations. The Program attracts students engaged in regional history and the social sciences and our students are well known for their research on questions concerning the environment, rural inequality and agrarian change, labor market dynamics, economic liberalization, social movements and questions of governance.]
  • North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies
    http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/csas/index.php
    [Combined resources at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.]
  • Syracuse University South Asia Center
    http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/southasiacenter/
    [A unit of the Maxwell School and the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at Syracuse University.]
  • University of California at Berkeley
    http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/southasia/
    [The only resource for South Asia studies in California, this Center is committed to enhancing the knowledge of South Asia and South Asians by working with institutions and individuals throughout the state. The mission of CSAS is the development and advancement of the scholarly study of the region conventionally known as South Asia and comprising the nations of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tibet and the Maldives. The research activities encompassed include the social sciences, the humanities, and relevant professional fields. There is also a separate link to the degree-granting department connected with the study of South Asia.]
  • University of Chicago South Asian Languages and Civilizations
    http://humanities.uchicago.edu/humanities/sasian/
    [Department page, linked to information about the faculty, staff, and programs coordinated by the South Asia committee, the Bengal Studies Conference, and library.]
  • University of Michigan Center for South and South East Asian Studies
    http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/csseas/index.html
    [Guide to study programs, online newsletter, links to library resources.]
  • University of Pennsylvania South Asia Regional Center
    http://www.southasia.upenn.edu
    [The site of a language and area studies center of major importance in the USA.]
  • University of Texas, Austin
    http://asnic.utexas.edu/asnic.html
    [The comprehensive page which includes links to the South Asia Institute and other resources.]
  • University of Virginia Center for South Asian Studies
    http://www.virginia.edu/~soasia/
    [A national resource center for study of South Asia. Useful links to South Asia library resources.]
  • University of Washington South Asia Program
    http://jsis.washington.edu/soasia/
    [A research and teaching unit of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in Seattle, Washington, USA. See also the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.]
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    http://www.wisc.edu/southasia/
    [Established in 1961, the Center for South Asia supports extensive teaching, research, and outreach relating to the countries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Tibet; and to a lesser extent, the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. See also the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia.]


  • Other Research Organizations
  • The Rand Institute
    http://www.rand.org/
    [An institute "that helps improve public policy through research and analysis." At times affiliates of the institute generate studies that are relevant to South Asia. The web page offers a form for keyword searches, for which a country name might be entered.]

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