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Duke India Initiative

Mission Statement

The Duke India Initiative (DII) builds and fosters collaborations at Duke and with partners across India. The initiative supports research and educational activities related to India, from distance learning classes to India-related seminars and working groups.In doing so, the DII aims to: 1) Develop deep and sustaining ties with Indian partners; 2) Foster multidisciplinary research collaborations on India at Duke; 3) Encourage dialogue about India among research communities on campus and abroad.

Summary of 2019-2020 Programs

In its third year, the Duke India Initiative (DII) organized and sponsored some important talks and events in 2019-20. DII supported Delhi based artist, Chandan Gomes’ residency from September 24–28. Gomes gave a public artist talk and also held individual meetings/critique sessions with graduate students from the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Art program and the History Department. On October 1, 2019, DII organized Duke India Initiative’s Students Grantees Presentation. The students gave presentations on the activities they conducted using the DII grant which ranged from conference paper presentation, workshop attendance to field research and other activities related to India. DII facilitated His Excellency Harsh Vardhan Shringla, the Ambassador of India to the United States’ visit to Duke University on Friday, October 11, 2019. During his visit, he met with Michael Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, select Duke faculty members and students. More than 50 Indian students attended the meeting with the ambassador. DII also cosponsored many talks and events on the campus and thus continued to strengthen the main focus: support for collaborative scholarship and research among our faculty and students. The cosponsored events ranged from a talk by the notable Historian Prof. Ramachandra Guha from India, discourses by Duke’s own faculty members such as Dr. Leela Prasad and Dr. Sumathi Ramaswamy, and documentary screenings. DII also announced travel grants to 8 graduate students. However due to Covid 19, Duke India Initiative has decided to hold students’ approved funds until restrictions on Duke-sponsored travel are lifted.

2019-2020 Notable Programs


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