Indiana University dedicates new IU India Office
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GURGAON, India -- With music and other fanfare, Indiana University has dedicated its IU India Office, its home base for university activities across the country.
Today's ceremony marked the latest chapter in IU's lengthy history of engagement in India. One of the United States' leading research universities, IU has strong partnerships with many of India's top educational institutions.
Raj Kumar, vice chancellor at O.P. Jindal Global University, joined IU President Michael A. McRobbie at the ceremony. Michael Pelletier, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, also greeted attendees.
Acclaimed Indian classical musician and sarod virtuoso Ayaan Ali Khan concluded today's dedication ceremony with a moving musical performance.
"The IU India Office, first and foremost, is symbolic of Indiana University's desire to work in a spirit of mutually beneficial cooperation with Indian universities, business and other institutions, as well as India's social and cultural leaders," McRobbie said. "IU's presence in India is indicative of our desire to learn about India on its own terms and to begin an exchange that will benefit both India and Indiana and strengthen the connections between India and the United States."
“It is clear this office will serve as a thriving hub for American students, researchers and faculty members to partner with the brightest minds in India," Pelletier said. "President Obama and Prime Minister Modi agreed during their recent summit in Washington, D.C., to provide new opportunities for advancing U.S.-India relations, specifically in the area of academic exchange. Indiana University’s India Office can play an important role in this effort and put into action the U.S.-India vision statement of 'Chalein Saath Saath: Forward, Together We Go.'”
Earlier this year, IU dedicated a second gateway office in Beijing, and it is exploring the possibility of opening similar facilities in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia.
"IU’s gateway office in India will make resources available to our faculty and students and also to these colleagues and friends abroad," said David Zaret, IU vice president for international affairs. "The gateways will ensure that the connections that the IU delegation develops will remain active and productive."
Earlier in the day, IU hosted a daylong symposium at the IU India Office on “Safeguarding India’s Documentary and Cultural Heritage.” Led by Ron Sela, IU associate professor of Central Eurasian studies and international studies at IU Bloomington, participants identified key challenges that researchers and institutions face in the use and preservation of manuscript sources, as well as the physical remains of India’s cultural history.
Located in the city of Gurgaon near the Indian capital New Delhi, the IU India Office is a 3,700-square-foot suite within the headquarters of the American Institute of Indian Studies, an NGO run by a consortium of U.S. colleges and universities, including IU.
The facility, which opened in cooperation with the American Institute of Indian Studies, enables IU to accelerate its academic partnerships throughout India. It also supports a wide variety of activities, including scholarly research and teaching, conferences and workshops, study abroad programs, distance learning initiatives, student recruitment activities, executive and corporate programs, and alumni engagement events.
In addition to O.P. Jindal Global University, IU is affiliated with the University of Hyderabad, Symbiosis International University, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Elite School of Optometry and SHODH: Institute for Research and Development.
More than 1,100 Indian students are enrolled at IU campuses across Indiana. This figure represents a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of Indian students enrolled at IU over the past five years.
Additionally, India is a leading destination for IU students pursuing an overseas study opportunity, with more than 100 students currently studying abroad in the country.
IU Bloomington also is home to the Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar India Studies Program, one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. Its faculty members are engaged in research and teaching about India's history and culture, including contemporary politics, law, literature and business. It is within the IU School of Global and International Studies.
The Dhar India Studies Program recently hosted acclaimed Indian actor and director Anil Kapoor at IU Bloomington and presented a Q&A with him after a screening of his monumental film, "Mr. India."
The IU India Gateway Office is a joint initiative of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President at IU Bloomington and the Office of the IU Executive Vice President and Chancellor of IUPUI, with additional support from the IU Foundation and the Kelley School of Business.