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Announcing the Obama-Singh Pre-Dissertation Award for research in India

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Rutgers wins Simon Award for Internationalization

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – On February 25, NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced Rutgers University as a recipient of the 2014 Simon Award for their comprehensive internationalization efforts. Named for the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, the Simon Awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization and are among the most prestigious awards for comprehensive internationalization.

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New Course for the Minor: Women Writers of South Asia


SASP Prof. Pandey wins 2013 Distinguished Research Award

NASPAA: The Global Standard in Public Service Education and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) announce that Dr. Sanjay K. Pandey of Rutgers University-Campus at Newark has won the 2013 Distinguished Research Award. The annual award recognizes a scholar whose research has made substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration.

Dr. Pandey’s research covers public service motivation, organizational performance, bureaucratic barriers (“red tape”) and a range of other topics. He has clarified the concept of “publicness” in terms of the differences between public and private management approaches and responsibilities in terms of motivation, performance, mission and other elements.



Rutgers to set up ICCR chair of contemporary Indian studies

On June 19, 2013, Rutgers University signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies at Rutgers University. This event followed Rutgers's receipt of a grant of approximately $250,000 from President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 21st Century Knowledge Initiative. The program was announced in November 2009 as an affirmation of the leaders' commitment to enhancing India-U.S. partnerships in education. Rutgers, with the assistance of its partner institution, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, will welcome a distinguished visiting professor from India to teach courses, deliver public lectures and engage directly with faculty, staff and students between 2014-2017. The initiative aims to increase study abroad opportunities for American students through international service learning, internships and dual degree opportunities.

Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India; Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education; and Richard L. Edwards, executive vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, were joined by members of Rutgers' India Initiative and South Asian Studies Program, as well as community members.

Annual South Asian Studies Reception

South Asian Studies Reception
September 23rd, 6-8pm
Gathering Lounge, Livingston Student Center
Come Celebrate 10 years of South Asian Studies at Rutgers!
 - Meet students and faculty interested in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Bhutan, Tibet, & Afghanistan
 - Music, refreshments and Punjabi food
 - The announcement of the SASP Fall Event Program
 - The launch of Rutgers' new India Initiative and Burma Initiative



New Course on South Asia in History Department: Imperialism

Professor Chie Ikeya in the Department of History is offering a new course with content featuring South Asia. This course can be taken as one of the required courses in South Asian History for the South Asian Studies Minor. For questions, contact the SASP Director, Asher Ghertner, or Professor Ikeya.

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The Rutgers University Chakra Award

Established in 2004, the Chakra Endowed Fund encourages the study of South Asia at Rutgers University by enhancing the Rutgers Library holdings in this area. The fund supports the acquisition of books, periodicals, films, microfilms, DVDs, and other media.

Additionally, the Chakra Fund supports the Chakra Student Paper Prize, an annual student paper competition that includes a cash award to encourage further study of South Asia. Undergraduate papers are expected to be approximately ten to twenty-five double-spaced pages in length, and graduate papers should be approximately twenty to forty pages in length. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, course term papers, chapters from honors theses, or papers produced during independent study or study abroad. The paper can be on any topic in any discipline (or combination of disciplines) related to one or more countries in South Asia or the South Asian diaspora.

Students interested in submitting a paper for consideration should download the appropriate form and send the form electronically, along with the paper, to the Director of the South Asian Studies Program by the due date (usually mid-March each year).

We are deeply grateful to the generous anonymous donors who have established the Chakra Endowed Fund to support the Rutgers South Asian Studies Program and to fund this student paper prize. Individuals who would like to contribute to The Chakra Endowed Fund or to support SASP in some other way are encouraged to contact Prof. Julia Stephens, Interim Director, South Asian Studies Program.


Past Chakra Prize Winners:


Malaika Jawed, AMESALL, for her paper entitled "Self in the Lover"


Vivek Shah, Religion, for his paper entitled "History, Myth, and the Hermeneutics of Time in the South Asian Imaginary"



Saloni Gupta, History and AMESALL, for a chapter from her honors thesis, “TK Adranvala’s Negotiations with Ideological, Social and Political Constraints, 1947–1966.”

Naimi Patel, Philosophy and Religion, for her paper entitled “Sir Charles Wilkins: An Orientalist?”

Honorable Mention

David Sastre, English and Comparative Literature, for his paper entitled “New-Hewn Faces: Baluta and Double Consciousness”



Rashmee Kumar for her paper entitled "The Myth of the “Body Beautiful”: Representation and Commodification in Contemporary American Yoga Culture."



Vakul Gupta, Genetics, SAS, Rutgers University for his paper entitled "Death and Decay in U.R. Anantha Murthy's Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man"

Honorary Mention

Dimple Shah, Public Health, SAS, Rutgers University for her paper entitled "The Victimized Feminist"