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Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn's global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. In conjunction with SAS Dean, Steven J. Fluharty's "Foundations and Frontiers" vision, CASI's goals are to engage in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India; to nurture students' interest in contemporary India through interactions with Visiting Scholars and opportunities to work and conduct research in India; and to act as a public forum on contemporary India by hosting seminars, workshops, and conferences, as well as through our online scholarly publication, India in Transition.

In the News

Duvvuri Subbarao
The Indian Express
May 28 2020
Mekhala Krishnamurthy & Shoumitro Chatterjee
The Print
May 15 2020


Tariq Thachil Named New Director of CASI
Penn SAS Announcement, April 16, 2020

In India’s COVID-19 Response, Minimize Errors of Exclusion
Devesh Kapur, Milan Vaishnav, and Dawson Verley, May 25, 2020

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Upcoming Virtual Events

India and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Chinmay Tumbe, Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Breath of Fresh Air: Raising Awareness for Clean Fuel Adoption
Farzana Afridi, June 11, 2020

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Our online publication, India in Transition (IiT), allows scholars from all over the world the opportunity to exchange various analyses and innovative ideas about India's current status and growth. A complete archive of issues is maintained here and translated in Hindi. In addition to appearing on CASI's website, all IiT articles are published in The Hindu: Business Line and Amar Ujala.

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