Texas varsity announces partnership to launch India Studies programme

The programme will be run by a committee of TSU faculty, with FIS serving in an advisory capacity.

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The Graduate School plans to host the first symposium during the Fall 2022 semester. (Texas Southern University)

The Texas Southern University (TSU) in the US and the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) have announced the establishment of an India Studies programme for its graduate school to promote the study of India in this country, particularly in the city of Houston.

This partnership that promotes the study of India in the US will develop and implement India-focused programmes at the university in cooperation with the foundation, a TSU release said.

The programme will include a series of public and academic symposia, conferences, and guest speakers that emphasise the connection between the struggle for liberation in India and the African American struggle for equality in the United States, the release said.

“With this partnership, we want to perpetuate a legacy for future generations so that there is a greater understanding from the mainstream community of the contributions that Indians have made,” said Krishna Vavilala, the Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for India Studies.

“When I first came to Houston, the Indian population was just 20,000; it has grown incredibly since then, enriching the city economically and culturally. We are here to support the TSU in its efforts to incorporate India into the academy and advance the programme year after year.” Another objective of the partnership is to promote knowledge about India and Indian Americans in the university community and promote links with India and Indian universities to facilitate student and faculty exchanges.

The programme will be run by a committee of TSU faculty, with FIS serving in an advisory capacity.

The Graduate School plans to host the first symposium during the Fall 2022 semester, the release said.

“Part of the TSU’s mission is to prepare our students to become global citizens and to have an understanding of the complexity of societies around the globe,” said TSU Graduate School Dean Dr Gregory Maddox.

“To understand the importance of Indian civilisation to global history, especially through the lens of the historic linkage between Mahatma Gandhi’s and Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to non-violence in pursuit of liberation and social change, helps us accomplish that,” the release said.

The Foundation started in 2005, is a non-profit organisation, with a vision to promote knowledge about India’s contribution to the world in the field of language, literature, arts, sciences, engineering, politics, economics and spirituality.

The foundation’s first successful project was the India Studies programme at the University of Houston instituted in 2006.

The programme which initially began with Hindi language courses and classes in Hinduism and Jainism has been expanded to 12 courses and is now funded by the university itself.

The FIS has now embarked on a history project called “Indo-American Oral History Project” which will record the life stories of first-generation Indian immigrants to Houston.

The project is being done in partnership with Houston Public Library (HPL) and Houston Community College (HCC) and the recordings will be stored for posterity in HPL’s digital archives.

The foundation also strives to bring Indian and American universities together for the exchange of students and faculty by facilitating MOUs between the universities.

An example of such an endeavour was the successful MOU signed between the Central University of Hyderabad and the University of Houston.

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