About Us

The Center for India Studies is committed to a multi-directional flow of knowledge and scholarly exchange that enhances local and global communities. The Center’s mission is both to enhance academic research and curricular understanding about the Indian subcontinent and to share the wealth of India’s cultural, spiritual and artistic traditions with the world community. It aims to promote a comprehensive understanding of the world’s largest democracy through a balanced offering of courses, guest lecturers, community outreach, and through collaboration with academic institutions in India.

  • The Center plans to offer an undergraduate minor in India Studies and a graduate certificate program including courses in language and literature, visual and performing arts, philosophy, spirituality, material culture, history and political economy, environment, entrepreneurship, health and complementary medicine, including Ayurveda and yoga.
  • The Center will further USF collaborations with academic institutions in India and elsewhere to expand opportunities for mutual learning through exchange of teaching and research. A proposed Indian Passport Scholarship will offer USF students the opportunity to travel to India and experience it first-hand.
  • The Center cultivates university-community partnerships that will help guide the efforts and activities of the Center. Community members have numerous opportunities to take non-credit courses and contribute to the life of the Center.

The work of the Center is advised by faculty, students, and community members.

Isha Meditation
March 30, 2013

The Center for India Studies in collaboration with the Isha Foundation presented an evening of Music and Meditation. The Isha Foundation is a non- profit humanitarian organization founded by Sadhguru, a yogi mystic, and profound visionary. During the evening, volunteers from the Isha Institute of Inner-sciences offered an opportunity to explore and experience the power and purpose of meditation. The audience enjoyed an evening filled with exuberant music, scintillating dance performance and learning opportunities followed by a sumptuous dinner.

Talk on Swami Vivekananda
March 28, 2013

The Center for India studies presented a lecture by Mr. Raghuram, President of Hindu University of America, on the topic, “Relevance of Swami Vivekananda in 21st Century”. The lecture celebrated the 150th birthday of Swami Vivekananda who came to the U.S. in 1893 to address the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago. This event marked the first formal gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. Shri Raghuramjee discussed the thoughts the Swami expressed in 1893 in Chicago and how they are still relevant today.

March 23, 2013

The Center for India Studies in collaboration with Swaradhana, a local Indian classical music organization, presented a musical concert by the Indian vocalist, Shri Anand Bhate. The traditional musical presentation included semi-classical music know as Natya Sangeet or theatrical music, which is extremely popular in the Maharshtra region of India. Shri Anand Bhate is a senio disciple of the renowned late Pandit Bhimsenj Joshi.

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