South Asian Studies Program Initiatives
The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) at Rutgers University works with faculty members, graduate students, members of the community, private institutions, and non-profit organizations to strengthen the study of the region and inspire new generations of South Asia scholars. In pursuit of these goals, SASP actively supports the teaching of faculty and graduate students, initiates and administers research projects, organizes and hosts lectures and conferences, develops financial resources, encourages interdisciplinary and comparative studies, and assists in the organization of cultural and community activities. SASP aims to support a wide variety of research in the social sciences, the humanities, engineering, and relevant professional fields.
The Chakra Endowed Fund
The Chakra Endowed Fund was set up by anonymous donors from the South Asian community in 2004 to finance library acquisitions in the area of South Asia, as well as an annual award for undergraduate student research papers. SASP currently seeks to enhance this Fund to provide annual fellowships to support pre-dissertation research by PhD students working on South Asia and to host an annual lecture or sponsored memorial lectures.
The Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative
The Rutgers India Initiative
In 2013, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA) launched an ambitious new effort to increase the profile of India at Rutgers through the University-wide India Initiative. Hosted by SASP, the India Initiative organizes colloquia on India and the Indian diaspora; forges institutional ties between Rutgers faculty and research and educational institutions in India; pursues collaborations with business, community and non-profit organizations in the US; and enhances outreach to the Indian-American community. The India Initiative has also established a joint seminar series between SASP and the South Asia Total Health Initiative (SATHI) in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School titled “Global Cross Roads: Seminars in South Asian Culture, Ecology and Health.”
The Rutgers Rutgers Myanmar Initiative
The Rutgers Myanmar Initiative, directed by Dr. Chie Ikeya and Dr. Christian Lammerts, seeks to foster Myanmar-related scholarship and teaching at Rutgers and to strengthen collaborative research and intellectual exchange among Rutgers faculty and academics in Myanmar. Established with the support of the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, the Initiative has taken part in a historic U.S. higher education delegation to Myanmar—the largest delegation of U.S. universities to travel to the country. Organized by the Institute of International Education with the goal of exploring potential partnership opportunities between higher education institutions in the U.S. and those in Myanmar, the delegation visited nine universities and met with several key government ministries. The Initiative is currently co-organizing with the Department of History, Yangon University, an international conference on Myanmar historical studies, to be held in Yangon on July 24-25, 2014. It will also co-sponsor an upcoming intensive training program for Myanmar librarians at Rutgers and other US universities.
The Bengali Language and Culture Initiative