South Asian Studies Program
The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is an inter-disciplinary center dedicated to promoting the study of South Asia and its diasporic communities. It does so by supporting the teaching and research activities of South Asia-related faculty and students; organizing public talks, cultural events and an annual speaker’s series; furnishing awards and research fellowships for students studying South Asia; and developing financial resources to enhance understanding and awareness of this important world region.
SASP offers a Minor in South Asian Studies, through which students acquire expert knowledge on the culture, economy, history, literature, religion and politics of the region. The minor draws from more than 70 South Asia-related courses taught at Rutgers and allows students to tailor their studies according to interest.
SASP also hosts the Rutgers India Initiative, an ambitious program intended to increase the profile of India at Rutgers and to forge collaborations with Indian educational and research institutions, as well as business, community, and non-profit organizations in the US. The new Rutgers Burma Initiative, also hosted by SASP, is a strategic program to enhance the study and understanding of this emerging democracy through institutional collaboration and research support.