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The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is an inter-disciplinary center dedicated to promoting the study of South Asia and its diasporic communities. SASP offers a Minor in South Asian Studies, drawing from more than 70 South Asia-related courses taught at Rutgers, allowing students to tailor their studies according to interest. It more broadly supports the teaching and research activities of South Asia-related faculty and students by organizing public talks and cultural events, hosting scholarly visitors, and offering small grants for student research.
Founded in 2003, SASP has more than thirty affiliated faculty members, principally from the School of Arts and Sciences, but also from a range of other scholarly and professional background. In its more than fifteen years in existence, SASP has built a strong community of interest in the study and understanding of South Asia, with highlights including:
- high-profile public events featuring the likes of Amitav Ghosh and Salman Rushdie
- a major South Asia conference held in 2008
- hosting of the second annual International Hindi Conference in Spring 2015
- a PhD student exchange in 2016 with students from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai
- hosting the 2017 Indian Council of Cultural Relations Visiting Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies
SASP is also proud to host visiting faculty from South Asia and to regularly support PhD students' successful fellowship applications to the American Institute of Indian Studies, American Institute of Bangladeshi Studies, Fulbright-Hays, and Fulbright IIE.